SWEET Program Launches Call to Tackle Hard-to-Abate Emissions

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SWEET Program Launches Call to Tackle Hard-to-Abate Emissions

Posted by: Baris Karapinar
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The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) and the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) are initiating a fresh call for proposals under the SWEET funding program. The focus of this call is on tackling “Hard-To-Abate Emissions” to meet Switzerland’s net-zero objective. These emissions arise from industries, waste disposal sites, and farming, posing challenges for reduction. The call is open until July 3.

To attain Switzerland’s net-zero climate goal by 2050, it’s imperative to minimize greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors. However, certain sectors like cement production, waste management, and agriculture will persist in emitting challenging-to-reduce emissions. Techniques such as Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) or Negative Emission Technologies (NET) offer potential solutions. The seventh SWEET call seeks consortia to explore practical implementation over the coming years.

The call process involves two stages: submitting pre-proposals by July 3, followed by full proposals from the top-ranked consortia. One consortium will be chosen for funding from the CHF 18.4 million budget, spanning six to eight years starting in summer 2025. The entry criteria are outlined in the Call Guideline provided with this announcement.

The SWEET program, managed by SFOE, continuously invites consortium projects aligned with Switzerland’s Energy Strategy 2050 and long-term climate strategy. Emphasis is on result-oriented research and demonstration of achievements.

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