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View of village (Copyright: Gemeinde Flerden)

The mountain village of Flerden, once threatened by emigration, has taken a promising, sustainable path to the future: it promotes renewable energies and environmentally conscious building in the "energy-saving/living zone"as well as environmental education.

I Description of the measure

Title in original language: Öko-Energie Vision Flerden

Location of CNA: Switzerland

Municipality / regional entity: Flerden

Category of the experience: Strategy
Type(s) of CNA:

Principal nomination: Technological

Thematic field(s):

Principal field: Buildings & construction

Spatial scale: Local
Time & duration:

Start date: 2003
Duration: ongoing

Key word(s): environmental education, Renewable energy, sustainable village development


Motto: "In Flerden we care for the environment - because we only have one!" Promotion of sustainability with the long-term viability of the municipality as the objective.


Low-priced plots for building projects with the Minergie (low-energy) standard. Building in the "energy-saving/living zone" means: insulation, solar energy and heating as well as electricity supply based on other renewable energy sources. Energy efficiency criteria are set by the municipality and regularly revised on the basis of the latest know-how. Availability of wood from municipal forests. Environmental education linked to nature: the forest as a place of learning and experience.


Wood chip heating plant Oberheinzenberg (boiler output 80 kWh, 280 cubic meters of wood chips from local forests) heats two schools, the municipal hall and the municipal offices. Solar power Schulhaus Süd (school): thermal solar power plant for hot water and supplementary heating, 36 sq. m. surface, annual output: ca. 14'500 kW. Solar energy plant Bühler-Flerden: average yearly output ca. 50'000 kWh (= electricity for 14 households) Minergie houses

II Assessment criteria

Mitigation effects: High

The abovementioned measures save over 100 tonnes of CO2/year (this could not be verified)

Impacts on adaptation: Positive

Sustainable forestry.

Impacts on environment:

- Landscape: Positive
- Alpine ecosystems / biodiversity: Positive
- Water / soil / air: Positive
- "Other": None

Expansion of renewable energy: reduction of pollutants and CO2. Sustainable forestry.

Impacts on society:

- Social justice: Positive
- Regional / cultural identity: Positive
- "Other": None

Low-priced building plots for everyone in the energy-saving/living zone. Positive population development in a village formerly threatened by emigration. The project philosophy stimulates involvement, success stimulates regional identity.

Impacts on economy:

- Employment / job creation: Positive
- Added value / income: Positive
- Know how / competitiveness: Positive
- "Other": None

Orders for the regional economy. Energy savings. Revitalization of the local/regional economy through significant population growth Number of inhabitants: 1950: 150; 1970: 105; 2010: 235.

Public relations impact and awareness-raising: High

Coverage of the eco-energy vision by various media (including the national media) has created a lot of publicity for the small village. Flerden is also known as the location of an innovative 'straw house' (autarchic living). The project has a strong local base. The Eco-energy Trail and the Forest as a Place of Learning are intended to further strengthen environmental consciousness.

Transferability: High

What works in Flerden, a "typical" small mountain village, should also work in other mountain villages.

Cross sectoral and integrative approach: Very high

The municipality has adopted a sustainability principle: the objective is to secure the long-term future of the village - climate protection is only one aspect.

Good governance: Very high

The different actors must cooperate - otherwise this kind of vision cannot be realized.

III Executive body and contact information

Executive body: Administration

Flerden municipality

Contact person(s):

Name: Flerden municipality
Institution: Gemeindekanzlei (municipal office)
Address: 7426 Flerden
Phone: +41 81 651 42 52
Fax: +41 81 651 42 54

Online information: (municipal homepage), (description of the initial phase of the activities), (news on state of activities in 2007)

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