Thun is a town and municipality in the administrative district of Thun in the canton of Bern in Switzerland.
It is located where the Aare flows out of Lake Thun (Thunersee), 30 kilometres (19 miles) southeast of Bern.
As of December 2018 the municipality has almost about 45,000 inhabitants and around 80,000 live in the agglomeration.
Besides tourism, machine and precision instrument engineering, the largest garrison in the country, the food industry, armaments and publishing are of economic importance to Thun.
With an active, sustainable environmental and energy policy, the city of Thun is committed to a better quality of life and careful use of our natural resources. As a member of the Swiss Climate Alliance, it promotes energy efficiency and renewable energies together with neighboring communities and important partners such as energy suppliers. Together with EnergieThun AG and the regional energy consultancy, it supports companies and the population in implementing the federal government’s Energy Strategy 2050. The city of Thun is actively pursuing to be awarded the «Energiestadt» / European Energy Award «Gold».
Furthermore, the city of Thun strives to become a “Smart City” in close collaboration with its citizens and various private and public stakeholder groups. Thun is convinced that next to the technological aspects participatory elements are of utmost importance to succeed.
Establishing a comprehensive SECAP is an opportunity to come up with a broadly consolidated strategy to define a common vision and achieve its goals.
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ENCO Energie-Consulting AG supports and guides municipalities, cities and regions on their way to climate protection, energy efficiency, renewable energies and sustainability. Therefore, the focus of 2ISECAP will enhance ENCO’s know-how and capacity to apply an efficient and effective approach, in order to support municipalities in Switzerland to develop, implement and revise their SECAPs.
ENCO has a substantial network of associates, and is well networked within Swiss public authorities since for the last 30 years, ENCO has managed the national office and coordinated activities of cities’ networks, stakeholder groups and federations, such as the “Energiestadt/ Cité de l’Energie” Association (450 cities and municipalities), “Smart City – Switzerland”, “Swiss Eole” (wind power), and “Acceptance of Renewable Energy Technologies” in close co-operation with key federal offices and stakeholders at regional and municipal levels.