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IT COMES TO THE ENERGY!
The 2000-watt society vision
in Switzerland. 
 
Dr. Marco Morosini, Swiss Federal Institute of T...
Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic
Antarctic Peninsula
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http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/2000-watt-society
X X
”The scenario of a “2000-watt society” serves as a
conception, guiding energy and climate protection policy.
In the long t...
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2002, 2004:
Final
reports
Jochen et al., 2002
Jochen et al., 2004
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2010
Bretschger L. et al. 2010
“A 2000 watt society is compatible with a further growth of GDP in Switzerland”
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Josè Goldemberg
UNDP World Energy Assessment
1985
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1994, Switzerland
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1998: The ETH-domain starts the research programme:
“2000 watt society – Switzerland”
Institutions of the ETH-domain:
E...
11
2000: The foundation Novatlantis is created
to foster progress towards a 2000-watt society
www.novatlantis.ch/
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2009: New Monterosa Hut: 100% renewable energies at 2883 m asl
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Swiss Alpine C...
14
Since 1986: 100% renewable energy at 2126 m asl.
Markus Menn, Postman and Postbus driver in Juf, Avers Valley, Grison, ...
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Rubin J., Tal B., Does Energy Efficiency Save Energy? Strateg Econ – 27 November 2007, pp. 4-7
http://research.cibcwm.c...
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Rubin J., Tal B., Does Energy Efficiency Save Energy? Strateg Econ – 27 November
2007, pp. 4-7
http://research.cibcwm.c...
17
If alone, efficiency is not the solution.
It is the problem
http://www.novatlantis.ch/
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19
2005
20
2000: Energy use distribution
among countries and within countries
(average + upper decile + lowest decile)
Spreng D (2...
21
60 TW ?12 TW
6000 watt x 10 billion
World use of primary energy*:
Year 2000 to 2050-2100
Unsustainable transition?
2000...
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2000 2050
World use of primary energy*:
Sustainable transition?
IC
LIC
IC: Industrialized countries
LIC: Less Industria...
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Thank you !
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Additional slides
(upon request)
Use of power or of primary energy*
- in the year 2000 (Switzerland)
- and in 2050, in the scenario „2000-watt society“
Uni...
Definition of the normative scenario
“2000-watt society”
In a „2000-watt society“ all energy services together
require a c...
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Outline
1. History of the normative scenario “2000-watt society”
1. Examples in Switzerland
2. Objections and obstacles...
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Why 2000 watt per capita?
1) "Biophysical“ argument:
2000 watt pc would be a precautionary limit
to avoid excessive per...
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-Swiss government, (Sustainable development strategy 2002, 2008,
2012)
-Zurich population: in a town referendum 78% of ...
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http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/2000-watt-society
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http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/2000-watt-society
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http://www.aue.bs.ch/fachbereiche/fachuebergreifendes/nachhaltige-entwicklung/pilotregion.htm
Morosini, Torino, 4.11.2011
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The new headquarter (1998) of the Swiss Federal Bureau of Statistics, Neuchatel
Demand of p...
34
EAWAG e EMPA
Federal Institutes for research
on water and on materials
Zurich, 2007
1998 and 2007: Federal buildings wi...
35
2010:
- MINERGIE: 19 000 certified buildings (20 million m2
)
-MINERGIE-Plus: 630 buildings
-MINERGIE-Plus-ECO: 80 buil...
36
MINERGIE certified: Headquarters of 2 top 10 companies, Zurich
Migros Tower (nr 1 retail) Sunrise Towers (nr 2 phone co...
37
2008: “Energy saving is out
In its new energy strategy the ETH abandons the 2000-watt society”
Morosini, Torino, 4.11.2011
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Since 2008: Two diverging strategies
1) Government, cantons, towns, institutions, business:...
39
9 objections or obstacles to a 2000-watt society
1. “Reduce damage, not energy!”
“A limit should be put to risks and da...
40
2. “Energy limit, nonsense!”
“A world limit of 2000 watt pc could be either:
- too low,
if environmental friendly techn...
41
3. “Horizon 2050 too soon!”
“2100 or 2150 more plausible.”
9 objections or obstacles to a 2000-watt society
42
4. “More electrification – and energy - necessary!”
“Fossil fuels can be phased out only through
massive electrificatio...
43
5. “Lifestyles, not negotiable!”
“For a 2/3 reduction of energy use,
more energy efficiency is not enough.
Strong restr...
44
6. Rebound effect outmatches efficiency progress
Higher efficiency lowers the price of energy services,
thus boosts the...
45
Two strategies for reducing overall energy use
1) Efficiency:
Doing more with less.  Reform of technologies
2) Suffici...
46
Change priorities !
1) Sufficiency*:
Doing less.  Reform of lifestyles
2) Efficiency:
Doing more with less.  Reform o...
47
Ecological economist Herman Daly:
“Efficiency-first does not give frugality-second –
it makes frugality less necessary....
48
Examples of collective sufficiency:
- building all trains for no more than 200 km/h
- building all cars for no more tha...
49
7. Impossible to forecast new inventions.
“Invention is the mother of necessity”
Thorstein Veblen 1857-1929
9 objection...
50
8. Advertising:
Advertising pressure soars
(ca. 1000 billion U$ in 2004)
Desires engineers outperform efficiency engine...
51
9. Emulative consumption and growing wealth disparities
The “conspicuous consumption “ of the upper classes
stimulates ...
52
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Hervè Kempf (Paris newspaper Le Monde):
Restrictions of the material consumption of the upper classes are necessary
in ...
54
www.robert-h-frank.com/
Prof. Robert Frank, Cornell University, USA:
Income taxes to be substituted by progressive cons...
55
56http://www.novatlantis.ch/
2000
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The energy consumption window today (left) and in 2050 (right).
The upper, ecological boundary (between 2 and 4 kW/capi...
58
Iceland:
16 000 watt per capita average use of primary energy
80 % geothermic
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1. History of the normative scenario “2000-watt society”
1. Examples in Switzerland
2. Objections and obstacles
1. Summ...
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Summary (1/2)
1. All technological energy transformations
cause environmental costs – not only fossil fuels.
No energy ...
61
Summary (2/2)
4. Efficiency (“doing more with less”) is ambivalent:
- it can lower energy use in saturable sectors
(es....
62
Conclusions
1)For the political community:
“Sufficiency first”
should raise to a priority in the political and cultural...
63
Symposium for Wolfgang Sachs
Berlin, May 21-22, 2012
„Sufficiency Economy
What is missing on the Rio Agenda…“
Organised...
64
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spirit_Level:_Why_More_Equal_Societies_Almost_Always_Do_Better
Morosini, Bologna, 16.11.2011
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Uso di energia finale pro capite (kWh * anno) in Svizzera
1980-2009
Morosini, Bologna, 16.11.2011
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Emissioni di gas a effetto serra in Svizzera
(Mt CO2 equivalenti) 1990-2009
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  • „IT COMES TO THE ENERGY ! - The 2000-watt-society vision of Switzerland

    1. 1. 1 IT COMES TO THE ENERGY! The 2000-watt society vision in Switzerland.    Dr. Marco Morosini, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich 12.3.2014, London, NETGREEN
    2. 2. Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic
    3. 3. Antarctic Peninsula
    4. 4. 4 http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/2000-watt-society X X
    5. 5. ”The scenario of a “2000-watt society” serves as a conception, guiding energy and climate protection policy. In the long term, this would require a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (primarily CO2) to the sustainable level of one tonne per capita, with per-capita energy consumption of 500 watts being derived from fossil fuels and 1500 watts from renewable sources.” Swiss Government Sustainable Development Strategy 2002 (and 2008 and 2012) www.deza.admin.ch/ressources/resource_en_23811.pdf 2002: The Swiss government adopts the 2000-watt normative scenario
    6. 6. 6 2002, 2004: Final reports Jochen et al., 2002 Jochen et al., 2004
    7. 7. 7 2010 Bretschger L. et al. 2010 “A 2000 watt society is compatible with a further growth of GDP in Switzerland”
    8. 8. 8 Josè Goldemberg UNDP World Energy Assessment 1985
    9. 9. 9 1994, Switzerland
    10. 10. 10 1998: The ETH-domain starts the research programme: “2000 watt society – Switzerland” Institutions of the ETH-domain: ETH-Rat (1998) 2000-Watt-Gesellschaft - Modell Schweiz. Strategie Nachhaltigkeit im ETH-Bereich, Wirtschaftsplattform, ETH Zürich
    11. 11. 11 2000: The foundation Novatlantis is created to foster progress towards a 2000-watt society www.novatlantis.ch/
    12. 12. 12
    13. 13. 13 2009: New Monterosa Hut: 100% renewable energies at 2883 m asl Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Swiss Alpine Club www.neuemonterosahuette.ch www.section-monte-rosa.ch/cabanes_4.htm - 130 beds - hot shower for 130 - photovoltaic and thermosolar panels -emergency backup generator (agrodiesel)
    14. 14. 14 Since 1986: 100% renewable energy at 2126 m asl. Markus Menn, Postman and Postbus driver in Juf, Avers Valley, Grison, CH - chalet of 4 apartments - heat pump (4 ground probes, 80 m) - thermosolar panels - hydropower from nearby plant http://jufferien.ch/
    15. 15. 15 Rubin J., Tal B., Does Energy Efficiency Save Energy? Strateg Econ – 27 November 2007, pp. 4-7 http://research.cibcwm.com/economic_public/download/snov07.pdf 2007
    16. 16. 16 Rubin J., Tal B., Does Energy Efficiency Save Energy? Strateg Econ – 27 November 2007, pp. 4-7 http://research.cibcwm.com/economic_public/download/snov07.pdf
    17. 17. 17 If alone, efficiency is not the solution. It is the problem http://www.novatlantis.ch/
    18. 18. 18
    19. 19. 19 2005
    20. 20. 20 2000: Energy use distribution among countries and within countries (average + upper decile + lowest decile) Spreng D (2005) Distribution of energy consumption and the 2000 W/capita target, Energy Policy 33, 1905–1911
    21. 21. 21 60 TW ?12 TW 6000 watt x 10 billion World use of primary energy*: Year 2000 to 2050-2100 Unsustainable transition? 2000 watt x 6 billion * TPES, Total Primary Energy Supply
    22. 22. 22 2000 2050 World use of primary energy*: Sustainable transition? IC LIC IC: Industrialized countries LIC: Less Industrialized Countries 18 TW12 TW 2000 watt x 6 billion 2000 watt x 9 billion * TPES, Total Primary Energy Supply
    23. 23. 23 Thank you !
    24. 24. 24 Additional slides (upon request)
    25. 25. Use of power or of primary energy* - in the year 2000 (Switzerland) - and in 2050, in the scenario „2000-watt society“ Unit per capita Year 2000 Year 2050 watt (continuous flux. 1 W = 1 J /sec) 6000 2000 tons oil equivalent (toe) x year 4.5 1.5 gigajoule (GJ) x year 190 60 kilowatt hour (kW. h) x year 53 000 18 000 * TPES, Total Primary Energy Supply
    26. 26. Definition of the normative scenario “2000-watt society” In a „2000-watt society“ all energy services together require a continuous flux of primary energy of no more than 2000 watt per capita (or: TPES* of 60 GJ /year per capita) Present requirement in Europe: 6000 watt per capita http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000-watt_society * TPES, Total Primary Energy Supply
    27. 27. 27 Outline 1. History of the normative scenario “2000-watt society” 1. Examples in Switzerland 2. Objections and obstacles 1. Summary and conclusions
    28. 28. 28 Why 2000 watt per capita? 1) "Biophysical“ argument: 2000 watt pc would be a precautionary limit to avoid excessive perturbation to biodiversity and to biosphere (Wolfram Ziegler, 1977; Hans-Peter Dürr 1993) 2) Status quo argument: 2300 watt pc is the average flux of primary energy in the world now 3) Quality of life indicators show poor correlation with growing energy use beyond 2000 watt pc (Vaclav Smil 2003)
    29. 29. 29 -Swiss government, (Sustainable development strategy 2002, 2008, 2012) -Zurich population: in a town referendum 78% of the voting population of Zurich decide to write in the town constitution the commitment to a “2000- watt society” -Some cantons and towns, in their energy strategies -All major national scientific institutions: ETH, EPFL, EMPA, WSL, PSI -Society of engineers and architects (SIA), with guidelines for “2000-watt society buildings” -Zurich, Basel, Geneva: Pilot towns for a “2000-watt society” 2000-2010: The vision of a 2000-watt society spreads in Switzerland and is adopted by:
    30. 30. 30 http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/2000-watt-society
    31. 31. 31 http://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/2000-watt-society
    32. 32. 32 http://www.aue.bs.ch/fachbereiche/fachuebergreifendes/nachhaltige-entwicklung/pilotregion.htm
    33. 33. Morosini, Torino, 4.11.2011 33 The new headquarter (1998) of the Swiss Federal Bureau of Statistics, Neuchatel Demand of primary energy: 10 % of a conventional building.
    34. 34. 34 EAWAG e EMPA Federal Institutes for research on water and on materials Zurich, 2007 1998 and 2007: Federal buildings with energy demand of only 10% of a conventional building Federal Office of Statistics, Neuchatel, 1998
    35. 35. 35 2010: - MINERGIE: 19 000 certified buildings (20 million m2 ) -MINERGIE-Plus: 630 buildings -MINERGIE-Plus-ECO: 80 buildings www.minergie.ch 1998: MINERGIE, the major Swiss registered label for low-energy buildings
    36. 36. 36 MINERGIE certified: Headquarters of 2 top 10 companies, Zurich Migros Tower (nr 1 retail) Sunrise Towers (nr 2 phone company)
    37. 37. 37 2008: “Energy saving is out In its new energy strategy the ETH abandons the 2000-watt society”
    38. 38. Morosini, Torino, 4.11.2011 38 Since 2008: Two diverging strategies 1) Government, cantons, towns, institutions, business: “2000-watt society” in 2050. And 1 t CO2 per capita 2) ETH (since 2008): New slogan: “1-t-CO2-society” in 2100-2150. 4000-6000 watt per capita in Switzerland and worldwide
    39. 39. 39 9 objections or obstacles to a 2000-watt society 1. “Reduce damage, not energy!” “A limit should be put to risks and damages caused by energy technologies, not to the level of energy use per se. With C-poor technologies, the average use of primary energy can grow at least up to 6000 watt pc for 9 billion humans.”
    40. 40. 40 2. “Energy limit, nonsense!” “A world limit of 2000 watt pc could be either: - too low, if environmental friendly technologies are adopted. - too high, if environmental unfriendly technologies are still be used and world population soars.” 9 objections or obstacles to a 2000-watt society
    41. 41. 41 3. “Horizon 2050 too soon!” “2100 or 2150 more plausible.” 9 objections or obstacles to a 2000-watt society
    42. 42. 42 4. “More electrification – and energy - necessary!” “Fossil fuels can be phased out only through massive electrification (e.g. private transport; heating) Trade-off: more-electricity-for-less-carbon.” 9 objections or obstacles to a 2000-watt society
    43. 43. 43 5. “Lifestyles, not negotiable!” “For a 2/3 reduction of energy use, more energy efficiency is not enough. Strong restrictions in lifestyle would be necessary. Unacceptable!” 9 objections or obstacles to a 2000-watt society
    44. 44. 44 6. Rebound effect outmatches efficiency progress Higher efficiency lowers the price of energy services, thus boosts the overall use of energy. 9 objections or obstacles to a 2000-watt society
    45. 45. 45 Two strategies for reducing overall energy use 1) Efficiency: Doing more with less.  Reform of technologies 2) Sufficiency*: Doing less.  Reform of lifestyles *sufficiency / frugality / sobriety
    46. 46. 46 Change priorities ! 1) Sufficiency*: Doing less.  Reform of lifestyles 2) Efficiency: Doing more with less.  Reform of technologies *sufficiency / frugality / sobriety
    47. 47. 47 Ecological economist Herman Daly: “Efficiency-first does not give frugality-second – it makes frugality less necessary. Frugality-first gives us efficiency-second by making it more necessary.”
    48. 48. 48 Examples of collective sufficiency: - building all trains for no more than 200 km/h - building all cars for no more than 120 km/h www.edizioniambiente.it/eda/catalogo/libri/609/
    49. 49. 49 7. Impossible to forecast new inventions. “Invention is the mother of necessity” Thorstein Veblen 1857-1929 9 objections or obstacles to a 2000-watt society
    50. 50. 50 8. Advertising: Advertising pressure soars (ca. 1000 billion U$ in 2004) Desires engineers outperform efficiency engineers. 9 objections or obstacles to a 2000-watt society
    51. 51. 51 9. Emulative consumption and growing wealth disparities The “conspicuous consumption “ of the upper classes stimulates the emulative consumption of the lower classes. (s. Thorstein Veblen 1857-1929)
    52. 52. 52
    53. 53. 53 Hervè Kempf (Paris newspaper Le Monde): Restrictions of the material consumption of the upper classes are necessary in order to slow down the growth of the demand by the entire population. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hervé_Kempf www.reporterre.fr
    54. 54. 54 www.robert-h-frank.com/ Prof. Robert Frank, Cornell University, USA: Income taxes to be substituted by progressive consumption taxes.
    55. 55. 55
    56. 56. 56http://www.novatlantis.ch/ 2000
    57. 57. 57 The energy consumption window today (left) and in 2050 (right). The upper, ecological boundary (between 2 and 4 kW/capita) refers to the global average. The lower boundary (600 W/capita) refers to the poorest decile of the global society in 2050. Spreng D (2005) Distribution of energy consumption and the 2000 W/capita target, Energy Policy 33, 1905–1911
    58. 58. 58 Iceland: 16 000 watt per capita average use of primary energy 80 % geothermic
    59. 59. 59 1. History of the normative scenario “2000-watt society” 1. Examples in Switzerland 2. Objections and obstacles 1. Summary and conclusions
    60. 60. 60 Summary (1/2) 1. All technological energy transformations cause environmental costs – not only fossil fuels. No energy technology can expand infinitely. Renewables neither. 2. A voluntary boundary around 2000 watt pc stimulates energy parsimony – including parsimony of fossil fuels. 3. Only a “2000 watt society” in the industrialized countries can: a) legitimate them to ask for moderation in energy use worldwide b) offer to developing countries a possible model for sustainable energy consumption.
    61. 61. 61 Summary (2/2) 4. Efficiency (“doing more with less”) is ambivalent: - it can lower energy use in saturable sectors (es. heating, cooling, production) - but generally it boosts energy use in the society as a whole and in non saturable sectors (e.g. private transport, consumer goods, leisure travel) 5. Sufficiency (“doing less”) is necessary and accessible through: - voluntary moderation (stimulated by mass communication) - incentives, disincentives, prescriptions
    62. 62. 62 Conclusions 1)For the political community: “Sufficiency first” should raise to a priority in the political and cultural arena. 2)For the scientific community: Technologists and economists should be more aware of the limited – or counterproductive - effect of efficiency progress, if this is not accompanied by a “sufficiency first” policy.
    63. 63. 63 Symposium for Wolfgang Sachs Berlin, May 21-22, 2012 „Sufficiency Economy What is missing on the Rio Agenda…“ Organised by: -Wuppertal Institute -Heinrich Böll Foundation Programme: http://www.qualenergia.it/sites/default/files/articolo-doc/Agenda%20Symposium%20für%20Wolfgang%20Sach
    64. 64. 64
    65. 65. 65 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spirit_Level:_Why_More_Equal_Societies_Almost_Always_Do_Better
    66. 66. Morosini, Bologna, 16.11.2011 66 Uso di energia finale pro capite (kWh * anno) in Svizzera 1980-2009
    67. 67. Morosini, Bologna, 16.11.2011 67 Emissioni di gas a effetto serra in Svizzera (Mt CO2 equivalenti) 1990-2009

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