14 March 2024

Launch of SWEET call for proposals on topic of Net Zero

The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) and theFederal Office for the Environment (FOEN) are launching a new call for proposals for the SWEET funding programme. The topic is ‘Addressing Hard-To-Abate Emissions to Reach the Net-Zero Target of Switzerland’. This concerns greenhouse gas emissions from industry, waste incineration plants and agriculture that are difficult to avoid. The call for proposals will run until 3 July.

To achieve Switzerland’s net-zero climate target by 2050, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced as much as possible in all sectors. However, some industries, particularly the cement industry and waste incineration plants, and agriculture will continue to produce emissions that are difficult to avoid. They can be reduced through Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) processes, or removed from the atmosphere through Negative Emission Technologies (NET). This seventh SWEET call, ‘Addressing Hard-To-Abate Emissions to Reach the Net-Zero Target of Switzerland’, seeks consortia to investigate how this can be achieved in practice over the next few years.

The call for proposals will be organised in two stages. Consortia can submit pre-proposals by 3 July. The two consortia with the highest-ranking pre-proposals will be invited to submit full proposals. One consortium will be selected for funding. The call budget of CHF 18.4 million will be awarded for a period of six to eight years. The research work should be set to commence in summer 2025. Details of the entry conditions are set out in the Call Guideline (attached to this press release).

SWEET (SWiss Energy research for the Energy Transition) funding programme

SWEET programme issues rolling calls for proposals for consortium projects and will continue until 2032. Funding is provided only for consortium projects that address central research topics of the 2050 Energy Strategy and Switzerland’s long-term climate strategy in a comprehensive manner. SWEET focuses on solution-oriented research and on demonstrations of the results achieved.

Source : Press Release