NCCS-Impacts Programme

In the NCCS programme «Decision Support for Dealing with Climate Change in Switzerland: a cross-sectoral approach» («NCCS-Impacts»), actionable climate services for the administration, economy and society will be developed from 2022 to 2025. The first call for projects on the topic of «Critical Infrastructure, Climate Change, and Resilience of the Swiss Energy System» is being carried out as a joint activity with the SWEET programme of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.

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The effects of climate change in Switzerland are already visible today and affect different sectors. According to the CH2018 climate change scenarios, climate change will continue unchecked without countermeasures to avoid global greenhouse gas emissions.. The aim of the NCCS programme «Decision Support for Dealing with Climate Change in Switzerland: a cross-sectoral approach» («NCCS-Impacts») is to develop user-oriented climate services as decision support for planning in the field of climate mitigation and adaptation. The programme thereby takes a cross-sectoral perspective.

NCCS-Impacts pursues three overarching goals:

  1. systemic overview of the impacts of climate change on and in Switzerland and its key challenges for the environment, economy and society;
  2. broad availability and use of jointly produced climate services for the targeted and sustainable management of the risks and opportunities of climate change; and
  3. cross-sectoral support of the Confederation and all stakeholders in their future-oriented actions to address the challenges of climate change.

The programme hence contributes to closing the gap identified between basic scientific research and measures in the fields of climate adaptation and climate mitigation.

Graphic on the embedding of the NCCS programme in the climate management cycle.
Embedding of the NCCS programme in the climate management cycle.

The programme is jointly supported by all NCCS members., Several cross-sectoral and interlinked projects will be run between 2022 and 2025. A public tender to place project orders is planned for the end of 2021.

First call for projects as joint activity with the SWEET programme

A new call on the topic of «Critical Infrastructure, Climate Change, and Resilience of the Swiss Energy System» has been launched on 9 September 2021 by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy via its SWEET programme. The aim is to reassess critical infrastructures of the future energy system with regard to technical, natural and societal hazards. Based on this, recommendations on how the resilience of the energy system to the hazards can be increased are to be developed for relevant stakeholder groups. In this context, hazards arising from or intensifying by climate change are of particular interest. In 2020, the national risk analysis of the Federal Office for Civil Protection (FOCP) showed that two of the top ten risks are related to the energy system. The call for projects was therefore developed in close cooperation with the FOCP as a joint activity with NCCS-Impacts.

Research consortia from universities, non-profit research institutions, the private sector and the public sector are invited to submit their pre-proposals by 3 December 2021. All information on the call «Critical Infrastructure, Climate Change, and Resilience of the Swiss Energy System» can be found at www.sweet.admin.ch.

Last modification 18.11.2021

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