Winterthur – Winterthur has received the European Energy Award Gold for the fifth time in a row. At the same time, the city moved up into the top ten cities in the Swiss energy ranking. Winterthur is well on track with the implementation of climate protection measures.
Winterthur has once again been recognized for its commitment to climate protection. The city, which has been one of Switzerland’s Energy Cities since 1999, has received the European Energy Award in Gold for the fifth time in a row, the Wintherthur city administration announced in a press release. Compared to the previous year, the city was able to improve its degree of fulfillment in the recertification from 80.3 to 86.7 percent. This puts Winterthur in the top ten of the 450 best energy cities in Switzerland.
The Energy City label, which is awarded every four years, evaluates the quality of climate policy in a standardized external analysis. However, the label makes no statement about the status of the implementation of specific climate protection measures, explains the city administration. To close this gap, Winterthur carries out an annual review of the degree to which targets have been achieved. The city aims to achieve net zero CO2 emissions by 2040.
A new climate cockpit set up by the city shows the status of implementation of the more than 50 measures in the city’s climate plan. According to this year’s review report, Winterthur is for the most part on track to achieve its targets, the press release states. Successes have been recorded above all in the areas of heat supply and photovoltaics. The biggest challenge remains the switch to climate-friendly mobility. ce/hs