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Switzerland

Official name: 

Switzerland

Country income: 
High-income economies
UNFCCC Annex 1 status: 
Annex 1 Party to the Convention

Switzerland (2013)

Energy profile
  • PubliBike

    Type: 
    Product

    Bike-sharing ideally complements private and public means of transportation on short distances. It unburdens the traffic in the city centres and improves the attractiveness of public transportation. Over the past few years, bike-sharing has become increasingly popular all around the globe.

    In Switzerland, it is PubliBike that represents this mobile, urban and sustainable service. Since 2009, PubliBike has been offering a number of bike-sharing networks throughout Switzerland and is continuously expanding the programme.

  • River restoration

    Type: 
    Product

    Eawag is the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology and is part of a domain, which includes a university in Zurich and one in Lausanne, the three independent research institutions of Empa, PSI and WSL. Firmly anchored in its home country of Switzerland, but with a global network, Eawag is concerned with concepts and technologies for dealing sustainably with water bodies and with water as a resource.

  • Water filter

    Type: 
    Product

    Inspired by the impact of the earlier developed LifeStraw Guinea Worm filter, the company (LifeStraw) worked to develop a product that could filter out virtually all of the microbiological contaminants that make water unsafe to drink. The result was the LifeStraw technology, introduced in 2005 as a personal “straw-like” filter. It was designed for people in developing countries, who don’t have water piped in from municipal sources or other access to safe water and for emergency settings following natural disasters when water is contaminated.

  • INDC of Switzerland

    Type: 
    National Plan
    Type of National plan: 
    Country: 

    Switzerland commits to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, corresponding to an average reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 35 percent over the period 2021-2030. By 2025, a reduction of greenhouse gases by 35 percent compared to 1990 levels is anticipated. Carbon credits from international mechanisms will partly be used. The INDC is subject to approval by Parliament.

  • UNIL - University of Lausanne Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics

    Knowledge partner
    Type: 
    Organisation
    Country of registration: 
    Relation to CTCN: 
    Knowledge Partner
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    The Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics was established on the 1st January 2014, comprising researchers from five of the former institutes of the Faculty of Geosciences and the Environment. This gives the Institute a unique opportunity to group Earth Scientists, Environmental Scientists and Physical Geographers together, in a single institute, supported by world class field equipment, laboratories and computational capacity.

  • Renewable Energy Technologies for Rural Development

    Renewable Energy Technologies for Rural Development

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Monday 1 August 2011

    This paper: 1) reviews international commitments to RET use and rural development and examines the link connecting RETs with rural development; 2) looks at RET options and potential benefits and deployment challenges; 3) investigates, using a number of case studies, how RET have been used to promote rural development and how innovative project/programme design can help overcome some of the barriers inherent to RET deployment in the market; 4) provides a synthesis of case study findings; and 5) presents conclusions and recommendations.

  • International adaptation finance: the need for an innovative and strategic approach

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Sunday 1 June 2008
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    Approach: 

    Any view on international finance for climate adaptation in developing countries must deal with the question of the cost of adaptation and how much funds will be available under current conditions. Although existing estimates of adaptation funding needs in developing countries are still very vague, they all indicate that they are and will be in the tens of billions €/$ per annum. At the same time, many developing countries presently do not have the relevant ‘absorptive capacity’, the capacity to carry out the adaptation measures needed, even if the funding were available.

  • Eco-Tech Ceram

    Type: 
    Organisation
    Country of registration: 
    Relation to CTCN: 
    Network Member

    Eco-Tech Ceram (ETC) is a European Small Enterprise focused on the industrial energy efficiency market.  EcoStock, using refractory ceramic made from waste. This solution contributes to two of the European 2020 objectives: 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and 20% reduction in primary energy use, by recovering and reusing their waste heat
     

  • Sustainable Development Goals at the Subnational Level: Roles and Good Practices for Subnational Governments

    Sustainable Development Goals at the Subnational Level: Roles and Good Practices for Subnational Governments

    Type: 
    Publication
    Publication date: 
    Thursday 1 May 2014

    As underlined widely in research on governance for sustainable development, the sub-national level plays a key role in implementing sustainable development This briefing note explores the role of the sub-national level in sustainable development goals, shows good practice and provides practical ideas based on real examples. It concludes that vertical coordination and integration needs to entail both top-down top-down leadership and bottom-up steering alongside bottom-up action, engagement and ownership.

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