Managing the energy supply
Towards a more thoughtful use of our energy resources
For the last 20 years Lausanne's City Council has been promoting a more careful use of our energy supply, and encouraging the use of the least polluting energy resources available.
The City of Lausanne has improved energy consumption in the buildings it owns by using energy diagnostics and remote building management. The municipality is also actively encouraging individuals and companies to make more use of renewable energy sources, such as solar energy, windmills, hydraulic energy, wood and geothermal sources.
In addition, the City favours remote heating systems – for example by using the waste from the TRIDEL plant – and is promoting heating by gas rather than oil as a means of reducing CO2 emissions.
Energy and sustainable development
We need energy for a great many things: staying warm, getting around, using household applicances that need electricity, and so on.
Consuming energy is not without its drawbacks, however – at every level: air pollution and its danger to our health, the greenhouse effect and the melting of the glaciers, and the fact that we are using up the planet's natural resources.
It is now imperative to save this precious resource by becoming aware of our energy consumption at home, at work and when we travel.
The Display Campaign: energy labels for buildings
Lausanne has joined the European Display Campaign, whose goal is to make citizens take more responsibility for the way they consume energy. The campaign takes the idea of the energy labels we find on household appliances, light bulbs and cars, and adapts it to public buildings. In this way, we can assess how much energy and water is being used, as well as CO2 emissions.
Lausanne's campaign has already assessed the energy usage of 160 bâtiments, including schools – so as to raise awareness among children and young people.
Ecological mobility: while we're waiting for something better to come along
Lausanne is promoting vehicles that run on natural gas by offering financial aid to those who buy one. While we're waiting for the car industry to have its green revolution – biofuels, hydrogen engines … – natural gas is a temporary solution of merit from the ecological perspective.
Natural gas is also a win when it comes to your budget. In Switzerland, using gas cuts your fuel costs by 30% compared to petrol, and by 20% compared to diesel.
The municipality also gives financial help to anyone who buys an electric bike, which is an excellent way of doing your health some good while providing a way of managing Lausanne's hills more easily – and without polluting the air!
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