Observatory – Database of macro and micro energy data for the Swiss industrial sector

The energy use in Swiss industry is an important consideration in the Energy Strategy 2050. A great deal of information already exists in the form of studies and surveys by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy SFOE, research institutes and private firms to provide statistics on industrial energy use. Despite this large amount of information in the form of studies and statistics, a single database and systematic data mining process at different information levels does not exist. Such information is key to understanding and improving the effectiveness of industrial energy efficiency measures now and into the future.To meet this need, an observatory of industrial energy utilization and management was developed as a multi-layered publicly available Excel database and analysis tool based on Swiss industrial energy data. It has been developed at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences within the framework of the SCCER-EIP.

A variety of indicators are provided ranging from energy consumption to energy savings measures and their cost effectiveness as well as information related to the specific investments in energy efficiency. The results are cross correlated at different levels for the international and national level down to their associated sectoral and company segments and finally to the specific energy efficiency measures themselves. More specifically the following layers are provided in the data analysis:

  • International level for benchmarking with EU28
  • National level on energy consumption, savings, and cost effectiveness
  • Sectoral level on energy consumption, savings, and cost effectiveness
  • Company level energy consumption, savings, and investments
  • Measures level on cost-effectiveness
  • Technology level on cost effectiveness

The power of the observatory and the associated analysis is the ability to meet the needs of a broad set of stakeholders whose work requires such information to be made accessible quickly and easily. Such stakeholders include the following:

  • Energy managers in companies – can obtain information related to economically viable energy efficiency measures
  • Industry associations/consortia (IGEB, Swissmem, etc.) – can get feedback related to their analyses and publications
  • Energy consultants – can receive recommendations related to specific energy efficiency measures
  • Organizations focussed on industrial energy use and efficiency (Energy Agency of the Swiss Private Sector EnAW, Cleantech Agentur Schweiz ACT, etc.) – can obtain support for their analyses and assessment of the programs, projects and measures that they have implemented or funded
  • Governmental policy makers – can receive information on the impact of already enforced energy / GHG policies
  • Researchers – can obtain data that is publicly available, detailed (micro level; process, technology), and verifiable and comparable

The macro and micro energy data is obtained from various public (SFOE, Federal Statistics Office FSO, ProKilowatt, Odyssey – MURE) and private sources (EnAW). In the latest version of the observatory approximately 12’000 energy savings measures and 800 firms has been analyzed. Special care has been taken to maintain the anonymity of the participating firms while still maintaining a high level of detail and comparability to help meet the goals of the Energy Strategy 2050.