BKW eco fund

For 20 years now, one centime per kilowatt hour of electricity sold from naturemade star-certified hydropower has gone to the BKW eco fund. These funds are invested back into nature: CHF 12.4 million have already been invested in 250 projects to improve watercourses.

Our goal

We enhance living spaces. In doing so, we generate added value for animals and plants as well as people.

Our method

We build networks and rely on cooperation with strong partners – we can only be successful together.


Established in 2000 following the certification of the Aarberg hydroelectric power plant.

Since its establishment, we have carried out about 300 projects ourselves or supported them with financial or technical resources.

More than CHF 14 million from the fund has been invested in Swiss nature.

The BKW eco fund is active in the cantons of Bern, Jura, Basel-Landschaft and Solothurn.

Unanimous, collaborative and devoted to the protection of nature: the steering committee is comprised of representatives from the cantonal technical offices and environmental associations as well as BKW.

Three awards in three years:

  • 2015: Watercourse Award: Aarberg hydroelectric power plant
  • 2016: Best practice in Alpine Convention: Aarberg hydroelectric power plant
  • 2017: Stiftung Landschaftsschutz Schweiz (Swiss Landscape Protection Foundation): energy infrastructure landscape at the Aare-Hagneck canal

Electricity from hydropower: independently certified

Customers who use “naturemade star”-certified electricity from hydropower support the BKW eco fund with one centime per kilowatt hour. We offer private customers the Energy Blue electricity product. Free market customers who use more than 100 MWh of electricity per year can choose the Energy Origin Hydro star product.

“naturemade” is the Swiss seal of quality for energy from 100% renewable sources. The quality seal is supported by the WWF, Pro Natura and the Konsumentenforum consumer association and is awarded by the Association for Environmentally Sound Energy (VUE).

Members of the steering committee

Half of the steering committee is comprised of representatives of environmental associations and external specialists, and the other half is made up of BKW employees. It manages the BKW eco fund and is responsible for the fund’s assets. The committee makes decisions unanimously.


  • Thomas Richli, Managing Director of the BKW eco fund
  • Stephan Bütler, President of the BKW eco fund
  • Daniel Bernet, Fisheries Inspectorate for the canton of Bern
  • Urs Känzig, Department for the Protection of Nature for the canton of Bern
  • Martina Breitenstein, representative of the environmental protection organisations Pro Natura, WWF and the Fisheries Association
  • Carl Robert Kriewitz-Byun, Fund Manager
  • Felix Leiser, Alnus AG
  • Stephanie Noser, Sales Coordinator


[Translate to Englisch (International):] Thomas Richli, Managing Director of the BKW eco fund