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Did you know? Two-thirds of Switzerland’s energy comes from renewables

Did you know? Two-thirds of Switzerland's energy comes from renewables
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Next in our series on quirky and unique Swiss facts, we break down the country’s hydro-charged renewable power system, which produces more than two thirds of the country's energy.

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The big contributor to Switzerland’s renewable energy system is hydroelectric power.

Hydroelectricity alone accounts for 60 percent of Switzerland’s energy, with a further eight percent coming from solar, wind and biomass on the most recent figures available. 

This is up from 62 percent in the previous year. 

When nuclear energy generation is taken into account, Switzerland’s consumption of fossil fuels is even lower. Nuclear makes up around 15 percent of the total energy generated, meaning the remaining amount is approximately 17 percent. 

With the global rate of renewable energy usage at roughly 25 percent, Switzerland is clearly a global leader in renewables.

The country’s embrace of renewable energy is clearly supported by the general public. A 2017 binding referendum which sought to boost renewable energy usage by improving subsidies and ban new nuclear plants won almost 60 percent of public support. 

The recent electoral gains of Switzerland’s Green Party shows that the appetite for more environmentally-focused policies has not waned. 

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Switzerland does however have a while to go before it catches up to some of the European leaders in renewables. 

Iceland can boast almost 100 percent renewable energy usage, due largely to geothermal as well as hydro-electric power. 

Other European countries like Norway, Croatia, Austria and Scotland also boast a higher usage rate of renewables than Switzerland. 

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