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Photovoltaic installations are financially supported by the energy efficiency law. © Michel Revaz

In 2008 in Liechtenstein the energy efficiency law has been put into place. It financially supports building management systems, photovoltaic installations, thermal insulation of existing buildings and solar panels for domestic hot water. The law is raising a big interest and the past 3 years show a positive balance: about 4 mio litres of fuel oil equivalents have been saved per year which is almost 100 mio litres for the entire duration of the investments (without photovoltaics).

I Description of the measure

Title in original language: Energieeffizienzgesetz

Location of CNA: Liechtenstein

Municipality / regional entity: nationwide

Category of the experience: Standard & label
Type(s) of CNA:

Principal nomination: Legal
Secondary nomination(s): Financial

Thematic field(s):

Principal field: Buildings & construction

Spatial scale: National
Time & duration:

Start date: 2008
Duration: 2008-2012

Key word(s): Energy efficiency, financial support, Renewable energy


Efficient and environmentally sould energy use and provision: 1) Provide financial support for measures which increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energies 2) Purchase and remuneration of electricity from renewable energies and combined heat and power installations and establishing a promotional levy on electricity consumption


The state financially supports the following measures within Liechtenstein: 1) thermal insulation of existing buildings 2) construction of Minergie buildings 3) Room heating and heating of domestic water through particularly energy efficent and ecologic building management systems 4) heating of domestic water through thermal solar panels 5) producing electric energy from renewable sources etc. Natural and legal persons are eligible for financial support. The amount of financial support is fixed in a regulation.


Selected results (as of July 2011) 1) thermal insulation of existing buildings: 34 million litres of fuel oil equivalents (calculated with a duration of 40 years) 2) building management systems (heat pumps and wood): 53 million litres of fuel oil equivalents (calculated with a duration of 20 years) 3) Soloar panels (warm water): 7.3 million litres of fuel oil equivalents (calculated with a duration of 20 years) 4) Photovoltaic: 116 million kWh (calculated with a duration of 20 years)

II Assessment criteria

Mitigation effects: Very high

see 13 - results (concrete CO2 savings not known)

Impacts on adaptation: Neutral


Impacts on environment:

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

Reduction of CO2 emissions and positive impact on air quality

Impacts on society:

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

Relatively generous financial support from which profit not only property owners but probably also tenants.

Impacts on economy:

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

The financial support has generated investments from which the involved actors are profiting (jobs, income, know how etc.)

Public relations impact and awareness-raising: Very high

The energy efficiency law is part of the national policy on energy and climate. It is relatively well known and is accompanied by measures such as communication, consulting, events etc.

Transferability: Very high

Similar laws exist in other countries. It is important that enough financial support is available.

Cross sectoral and integrative approach: High

The energy efficiency law is part of the national policy on energy and climate. The main objective is the fulfilment of the obligations set by the Kyoto protocol (not carbon neutrality)

Good governance: Very high

Largely supported by a political process in the country

III Executive body and contact information

Executive body: Administration

Principality of Liechtenstein (Office for Economy)

Contact person(s):

Name: Energiefachstelle
Institution: Amt für Volkswirtschaft
Address: Haus der Wirtschaft, Poststrasse 1, 9494 Schaan
Phone: +423 236 64 32
Fax: +423 236 68 89

Online information: (Homepage)

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