The Zug municipality of Walchwil, with its 3885 inhabitants, has been committed to various energy city areas for years. This commitment has now been awarded the Energy City label.
In order to communicate the commitment of the municipality of Walchwil in the energy sector to the outside world and to actively fulfil its role as a role model in this area, the municipality of Walchwil has decided to strive for the Energy City label in 2019. To obtain the Energy City label, a municipality needs at least 50% of the maximum achievable number of points. After an inventory in 2020, the municipality successfully carried out the official Energy City audit in 2021. In September, the Energy City Label Commission awarded the municipality of Walchwil the status of Energy City with a good 55% of the possible points.
A number of energy-related measures have already been implemented in Walchwil. For example, the municipality has been keeping energy accounts for all municipal buildings since 2012 and has carried out operational optimisations. The municipality of Walchwil supplies its buildings and facilities entirely with renewable electricity. In addition, it covers almost 90% of its own heat consumption with a local wood chip network.
In the area of mobility, the municipality has also achieved a great deal in recent years. For example, various neighbourhood streets have been calmed down (30 km/h speed limit) and a pedestrian zone has been set up in the village centre between the church and the community centre (20 km/h speed limit). The municipality is also strongly committed to the expansion of footpaths and cycle paths as well as the maintenance of public transport and has also been operating a local bus at its own expense since 2013. In 2021, the first charging station for electric vehicles was installed in Walchwil.
With regard to the implementation of energy measures in the coming years, the municipality of Walchwil has defined an energy policy programme for the next 4 years. In addition, it has set up an energy commission as of 1 January 2021. This commission advises and supports the municipal council on various energy-related issues. The energy commission has defined the direction of the energy policy of the municipality of Walchwil for the coming years in an energy mission statement. The municipality of Walchwil is guided by the goals of the 2000-watt society. The municipality is committed to expanding the use of renewable energies and thus to reducing CO2 emissions. In the coming years, the municipality will focus on the topics of quality of life, village design, municipal energy policy, renewable energies (including PV systems), energy efficiency, water, waste, mobility, consultation and communication.
At yesterday's community meeting, Walchwil was officially awarded the Energy City label by Urs Raschle, a member of Zug's city council and a member of the board of the Energy City Association.
Walchwil Municipal Council