Achieving CO2 Emission Reductions Through Local-Scale Energy Systems Planning: Methods and Pathways for Switzerland

  • Mashael Yazdanie
Part of the Lecture Notes in Energy book series (LNEN, volume 64)


Limiting the global temperature increase to well below 2 ℃ this century requires the implementation of climate policies not only on an international or national level, but also on a local scale. This study evaluates decarbonization pathways for Switzerland through local-scale energy systems planning under a national energy policy which reflects Swiss CO2 emission reduction targets within the Paris Agreement. Clustering techniques are applied to identify characteristic local energy systems (archetypes) across Switzerland. Key archetypes are then evaluated using a parameterized, least-cost optimization, community energy systems model in TIMES. Heat and electricity demands for residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural sectors are considered. The study finds that locally generated CO2 emissions are reduced by 85% in 2050 relative to 2015, on average, across the evaluated archetypes and sectors. The implementation of high CO2 taxes drives this result. CO2 emission reductions are also driven by the uptake of efficiency measures (including renovations and efficient end-use devices). These measures should be encouraged by local governments as part of local climate strategies. Decision-makers should also encourage the local-scale deployment of heat pump and solar PV technologies, which are found to generate significant shares of heat and electricity by 2050, cost optimally, across the archetypes. The utilization of local energy resources, including biomass, also plays an important role in achieving significant local-scale emission reductions in the long-term.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory for Energy Systems Analysis, Energy Economics GroupPaul Scherrer InstituteVilligen PSISwitzerland

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