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Center for Energy and the Environment

“Fighting climate change and ensuring the provision of clean, affordable energy are among the greatest social challenges of our time. We want to contribute our share.”

Prof. Regina Betz, PhD, Head of Center

The Center for Energy and the Environment (CEE) deals with economic and business management issues concerning energy and the environment on a national and international level. In doing so, it cooperates closely with others institutes and centers involved in energy research at ZHAW. The CEE also works closely with the Swiss Competence Center for Research in Energy, Society and Transition (SCCER CREST).


Degree Programs & Continuing Education

Our research results are transferred into practice also within the scope of our activities in the school’s degree programs and further education courses. Our experts pass on their knowledge in the various foundation modules as well as subject-specific modules that form part of the school’s Bachelor's and Master's degree programs and continuing education courses.

Research & Consulting

Our consulting and research activities focus on the question of how to design political and regulatory instruments that promote the increased use of regenerative energy sources, save energy, and reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, we also look for ways to create an electricity market that has a high share of renewable energy. In terms of research methodology, we have not only theoretical analytical competence but also, and above all, knowledge in the field of empirical methods, ranging from statistical and econometric approaches to laboratory and field experiments. 



Mediation & Organization

We host platforms and processes for representatives of business, politics, and science to exchange information on environmental and energy issues. 



Research Areas  

  • Design of Policy Instruments and Markets/Auctions
  • Ex-post Evaluation of Policy Instruments and Markets

Focus Area

  • Climate Policy and Strategies
  • Energy Security (Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency, Electricity Markets)
  • Local Pollution  
  • Behaviour of Actors in Environmental and Energy Markets

Regulations and Policy Instruments

  • Energy Strategy 2050
  • CO2 Act
  • European Emissions Trading Directive
  • Australian Renewable Energy Certificates Act
  • International Climate Agreements


  • Data Analysis Competence (e.g. Econometrics, Cluster, Network)
  • Laboratory and Field Experiments
  • Theoretical Analysis (e.g. Game Theory, Equilibrium)
  • Modelling (e.g. Buttom-up, CGE)


  • Political Actors (Federal Offices, Cantons, Municipalities)
  • Companies, Associations
  • Non-Governmental Organisations

Geographic Focus

  • Switzerland
  • Europe
  • International with Focus on China and Australia