SUSTAINABLE EMBASSIES: SWISS EMBASSY IN HARARE LEADS BY EXAMPLE
In line with its Sustainable Development Strategy, Switzerland builds and manages its properties around the world according to modern sustainability standards. The most recent example is the Swiss embassy in Zimbabwe's capital Harare. A new solar system supplies the embassy with energy and enables it to operate without one of the emergency power generators that are ubiquitous in Harare.
It's 7am in Zimbabwe's capital Harare. As happens with frequency at this time of day, the state power utility imposes a blackout over the city to prevent the entire power grid from overloading. In order to continue to have electricity during the blackout, building owners throughout the city – including embassies from all over the world – turn on private diesel generators. The Swiss embassy is an exception: its electrical appliances are working and the lights are on, but there is no noise from rattling diesel generators and no smell of exhaust fumes.
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