Swiss train trial for hybrid locomotives succeeds

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – A 4,000 ton annual reduction in CO2 and a significant improvement in maintenance costs: Swiss cargo trains will have 30 hybrid locomotives starting in 2013, the CFF rail company has announced. The new engines are made by Stadler Winterthur, whose director, Hartmut Dietrich, calls them “the most modern and most innovative on the […]

UN Palais in Geneva gets CHF50m to improve energy efficiency

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss federal government will give Geneva CHF54 in additional funds in 2012, the bulk of which will go to the UN Palais building for renovations to make the 1936 structure more energy efficient, Bern announced Wednesday 29 June. “International Geneva” will also receive CHF4 million a year starting in 2012 and […]

Solar vehicles did it: 80 day world tour back in Geneva

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Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – August 2010 to February 2011, or 80 days of travel time to tour the world using only solar energy: the Zero Emissions “race” that finished in Geneva Thursday 24 February has shown it can be done. Four cars left the United Nations building in Geneva last 16 August, with the UN […]

Solar Impulse, up and flying again (update)

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Update 13:15  Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Solar Impulse is flying again! Bertrand Piccard’s plane took off Tuesday 21 September at 08:00 from Payerne, canton Vaud and landed safely in Geneva at 12:25. If the weather holds and the control tower at Cointrin Airport gives the go-ahead, the plane is expected to leave Geneva at 15:30 […]

Updated energy efficiency rules to apply from July

Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The energy efficiency requirements of new cars have been updated and will come into effect for all new cars sold in Switzerland from 1 July, the Swiss Federal Office for Energy (SFOE) announced 1 February. New cars are currently rated on a scale of A to G with the most energy […]

China commits to CO2 cuts by 2050

China will improve energy efficiency 40-45 percent by 2050, compared to 2005, Chinese officials announced 26 November, without offering any details. By improving energy efficiency, China also reduces CO2 emissions.Chinese leaders almost immediately cautioned that their energy goals were domestic, and asked the world to trust them. Xie Zhenhua, the Chinese climate policy expert who […]

Energy certificates for buildings fly out the door

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Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Homeowners grabbed at the chance to get energy certificates at a bargain rate, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) says, with 15,000 energy certificates sold in only three weeks following the announcement that a certificate and annexed expert report would cost only CHF200 instead of the usual CHF1,200. The cantonal […]