DETEC Strategy

In 2030, Switzerland aims to remain not only a sustainable country thanks to efficient infrastructure, but also an attractive business location with a high quality of life. What are the associated challenges for DETEC, and which objectives and measures will it have to focus on? The 2016 DETEC strategy provides answers to these questions.

Main challenges

The definition of the main challenges depends on a broad variety of trends that determine the current situation in the various spheres of activity within DETEC, including:

  • Sustained population growth
  • Increasing mobility by road, rail and air
  • Shift of energy demand from fossil fuels to electricity
  •  Increasing housing development
  • Stabilisation of greenhouse gas emissions
  • High consumption of resources
  • Continued loss of biodiversity and associated ecosystem services
  • Increasing digitisation
  • Increase in machine-to-machine communication (“Internet of Things”)
  • Constant increase in data volume

Together, these trends give rise to three major challenges for DETEC which will significantly influence the performance of tasks throughout the entire Department:

These challenges are by no means clearly separated from one another, but rather are closely interwoven. For example, energy policy also influences transport policy and spatial planning, and vice versa. It is also important to approach these challenges in the context of the question of how well-equipped DETEC is to perform its political tasks effectively and efficiently (cf. Strategy, chapter 3.4).

Objectives and measures

The DETEC strategy defines long-term efficiency targets based on the various development trends and challenges. They are oriented on a timeframe up to 2030 and focus as comprehensively as possible on the various challenges. By contrast, the measures are oriented on a shorter timeframe up to 2019. This means they indicate an immediate need for action and do not necessarily encompass the entire range of challenges. They are also periodically reviewed and where necessary supplemented.

All objectives and measures: DETEC 2016 Strategy (chapter 4):

Purpose of the DETEC 2016 Strategy

With its 2016 Strategy, DETEC formulated major challenges and the main objectives over the timeframe up to 2030, and described measures for the period up to 2019. It therefore forms an orientation framework and communication basis across all the divisions and sections of DETEC. It is addressed to both an internal and an external public: the aim is to inform all organisational units of DETEC, as well as all personnel, about the direction in which the management of the Department intends to take its allocated divisions and sections. Furthermore, the intention is also to make the strategy adopted by DETEC transparent for other Federal Departments, as well as for Parliament and external players (cantons, industry, trade associations, general population, etc.).

DETEC developed its strategy on the basis of balanced ecological, economic and social dimensions, as well as on a long-term timeframe while taking account of interactions with the global environment.

DETEC’s strategy is reviewed every four years and revised where necessary. For 2016 an update was carried out: contrary to the 2012 strategy, the third thematic challenge is no longer limited to the active participation of the information society, and now focuses on digital development in Switzerland.

Other strategies and plans

The DETEC Strategy complements various other strategies and plans of the Federal Council and Parliament, e.g.:


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