Policies to decarbonize the Swiss residential building stock: An agent-based building stock modeling assessment
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2020

In light of the Swiss government's reduction targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under the Paris Agreement, this article investigates how and with which policy measures these reduction targets can be met for the Swiss residential building sector. The paper applies an agent-based building stock model to simulate the development of the Swiss residential building stock under three different policy scenarios. The scenario results until 2050 are compared against the reduction targets set by the Swiss government and with each other. The results indicate that while the current state of Swiss climate policy is effective in reducing energy demand and GHG emissions, it will not be enough to reach the ambitious emission-reduction targets. These targets can be reached only through an almost complete phase-out of fossil-fuel heating systems by 2050, which can be achieved through the introduction of further financial and/or regulatory measures. The results indicate that while financial measures such as an increase in the CO2 tax as well as subsidies are effective in speeding up the transition in the beginning, a complete phase-out of oil and gas by 2050 is reached only through additional regulatory measures such as a CO2 limit for new and existing buildings.

Scenario assessment

Agent-based modeling

Bottom-up model

Climate policy

Building stock modeling


Claudio Nägeli

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggnadsteknologi

Martin Jakob

TEP Energy

Giacomo Catenazzi

TEP Energy

York Ostermeyer

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggnadsteknologi

Energy Policy

0301-4215 (ISSN)

Vol. 146 111814


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