"If I produce energy on my bike, how long do I have to pedal to create enough hot water for my morning shower?" This question and many other exciting topics are at the heart of the Energy Challenge 2019, which begins on May 1.
The national campaign of EnergieSchweiz and renowned companies brings energy saving to life and stimulates the responsible use of energy in a playful way. "The Energy Challenge imparts energy knowledge and motivates people to create energy themselves through sporting competitions and various games," explains Thomas Hügli, Head of Sustainability at AXA. For example, visitors to the Open Airs at Frauenfeld, Gurten and Gampel can produce enough energy with their own bikes to take a warm shower.
So that we can reach as many people as possible and motivate them to take part, the Energy Challenge 2019 is becoming increasingly digital. In the media, there are tips and facts highlighting unnecessary energy consumption and helping us save electricity and money. The Energy Challenge app is also full of tips on how to save energy, sets challenges, and allows you to earn points that can be redeemed with various partners.
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There's a good reason why AXA is the main partner of the Energy Challenge again this year. "Climate and energy topics are extremely important for an insurance company. Climate change is leading to more frequent and more extreme weather events in Switzerland and is causing greater damage – the need for action is urgent," says Thomas Hügli. Car insurance provides a good example of this: "Around 5% of all CO2 emissions in Switzerland are generated by cars that we insure. The potential CO2 savings in this area are correspondingly huge," the sustainability expert explains.
AXA supports its car insurance customers in saving energy. During the repair of insured bodywork damage at an AXA partner garage, AXA customers can request a Car Energy Check to be carried out free of charge. This involves a check of energy-related issues such as the tires and the ballast, allowing for a potential annual saving of up to 20 percent or 240 liters of petrol or diesel. The lower consumption results in a saving of up to 360 Swiss francs per year. The climate benefits too, with the CO2 emissions falling by up to 0.6 tonnes per Energy Check.
AXA is also aware of its social responsibility and impact on the environment as an energy consumer. That's why AXA derives one hundred percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources. Since 2012, it has reduced its CO2 emissions by 39%, its paper consumption by 64%, and its energy consumption by 44%.