The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) recently unveiled the “Go for Impact” model, aimed at drastically reducing Switzerland’s resource consumption. The model emerged from a collaborative effort involving experts from diverse sectors, who explored innovative ways to achieve a more sustainable economy.
Switzerland seeks to strike a balance between nature’s renewal capacity and human consumption, as outlined in the Swiss Constitution. However, meeting this objective requires using natural resources three times more efficiently, both domestically and internationally. The task force, inspired by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, identified food, housing, and mobility as key areas with significant potential for positive change and innovation.
The “Go for Impact” model emphasizes the importance of innovation in achieving sustainability goals. It recognizes that the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement necessitate innovative technological solutions. To this end, the model encourages collaboration with the business sector and urges companies to prioritize positive environmental impact in their sustainability efforts.
While FOEN plays an active role in driving change, it acknowledges that it can only support, not replace, initiatives by the business sector. The “Go for Impact” model serves as a foundation for further discussions with stakeholders and is accessible to all interested parties. Its aim is to guide entrepreneurs in making sustainable choices and achieving a positive environmental impact.