A long-term process
The SCMP is work in progress for an undertaking that will continue until 2020. The federal government will observe current developments and monitor implementation of the SCMP. In future, further measures can be formulated and introduced on this basis.
The SCMP 2010 provides all scientific, business, government and political stakeholders with a framework that enables them to focus on achieving shared objectives. All stakeholders are encouraged to embrace the SCMP vision and adapt their own objectives accordingly. The SCMP is intended to foster networked thinking and action, interdisciplinary problem solving and inter-institutional cooperation among all stakeholders.
Every four years, the Federal Council will receive a report on developments in the Swiss cleantech sector as well as on the state of implementation of the SCMP. New proposals backed up by observations and analyses will then be made to the Federal Council.
The next steps
The Federal Council acknowledged the Swiss Cleantech Masterplan and adopted the ‘Federal government strategy for resource efficiency and renewable energies’ on 16th September 2011.
The measures will be implemented under the guidance of the Departments charged with the task by the Federal Council and within the framework of regular activities in the relevant fields, namely those of environmental and energy policy, education, research and innovation policy or the government’s economic growth policy, all of which form part of the federal government’s legislature planning. It is also in this context that specific plans on work and financing will be presented and put to parliament in accordance with the relevant legal requirements.
The Master Plan was drawn up between December 2009 and 2010 by a steering committee comprising the directors of OPET, FOEN, SFO and SECO.
For the implementation stage, the Federal Council has charged the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER and the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications DETEC with the task of reforming the existing steering committee in the autumn of 2011. The new committee will comprise:
- a core group of representatives from the federal administration, bringing together the offices and cantons involved;
- an advisory board made up of partners from the communes, cantons, business, science and NGOs to advise the core group.
These committees will coordinate the implementation of the measures contained in the Master Plan.
The EAER and DETEC will report periodically - by the end of 2014 at the latest - to the Federal Council on the overall progress of the Cleantech Master Plan.
Cleantech Monitoring process
The implementation of the federal government’s strategy will be monitored systematically. This will involve monitoring and evaluating the cleantech sector (economic structural data etc.), research (research results, patent applications etc.) and education and training. The outcomes will provide a foundation for identifying what action is necessary and making new recommendations, providing a factual basis for political decisions (evidence-based politics).
When the suggested measures are translated into concrete terms and implemented, attention will be paid to coordinating these as far as possible with existing federal policy, in particular with regard to the federal sustainable development strategy and the Energy Strategy 2050. This will avoid overlap and concentrate resources.
Every four years, a report will be drawn up on the extent of progress made, any problems arising and recommendations for further action. This report will be discussed by all those involved.
The results will be presented in a monitoring report and made available on the Internet. Information will be provided on the activities monitoring.