Membre de la SCNAT

La saguf intervient en faveur de la promotion de la recherche environnementale et sur le développement durable en Suisse. Elle s'engage pour une recherche inter- et transdisciplinaire orientée vers la pratique et la recherche de solutions.en plus

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Futur énergétique

Goals and focus

The Working group Energy Futures reflects the research activities around the necessary transformation of the energy system. It summarises knowledge and experience and discusses issues relating to the natural, economic and social objectives of the Swiss energy strategy. The results are disseminated through events and joint publications.

Several members of the working group are regularly involved in national networks on interventions regarding sustainable urban development, because the energy strategy can be implemented particularly efficiently in urban areas and sustainable energy technologies are today often understood as part of "Smart City" concepts.

Current activities

For several years, the working group Energy Futures has focused on the topic of the social acceptance of renewable energies, their infrastructure and the associated energy systems (provision, efficiency). Under the title "Acceptance Research for the Energy Turnaround", the working group organized the saguf Annual Conference 2018, which was held as a Pre-Conference of the "Behave 2018" (5th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency).

Starting in 2019, the working group will focus on the topic of "Impulses for energy system transformation": The mainstreaming of existing promising approaches (efficiency, consistency, sufficiency, incl. renewable energies) and the possibilities for motivating all stakeholders in the energy sector will be deepened. Experiences on activation, incentive systems, decision-making aids, business models and communication measures are to be exchanged.

Lead: Vicente Carabias ( und Bernadette Sütterlin (

Members: Michèle Bättig (Standpunkt 21), Astrid Björnsen Gurung (WSL), Ulf Hahnel (Universität Basel), Stephanie Moser (CDE), Urs Neu (ProClim), Theres Paulsen (td-net), Thomas Wälchli (Stadt Dietikon)

Further publications

  • Ejderyan, O., Ruef, F., & Stauffacher, M. (2019). Geothermal Energy in Switzerland: Highlighting the Role of Context. In A. Manzella, A. Allansdottir, & A. Pellizzone (Eds.), Geothermal Energy and Society. Cham: Springer International Publishing: 239–257.
  • Hackenfort, M.; Carabias-Hütter, V.; Hartmann, C.; Janser, M.; Schwarz, N.; Stücheli-Herlach, P., Hrsg., (2018). Behave 2018: Book of Abstracts. BEHAVE 2018 - 5th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency, Zurich, 5-7 September 2018. Winterthur: ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften. Verfügbar unter:
  • Spiess, Harry; Lobsiger-Kägi, Evelyn; Carabias-Hütter, Vicente; Marcolla, Andrea, 2015: Future acceptance of wind energy production: exploring future local acceptance of wind energy production in a Swiss alpine region. Technological Forecasting and Social Change.101, S. 263-274.
  • Carabias-Hütter, V., Moser, C., Spiess, H. 2013. Anticipating Gaps in Energy Research at Transdisciplinary and International Interfaces. GAIA 22/4: 281-283. (pdf)