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Environmentally friendly cement for countries experiencing a construction boom

An Indian worker builds a wall with LC3 blocks.

01.01.2013 - 31.05.2017

The SDC is promoting the development of an environmentally friendly type of cement. It is supporting a team of people from Switzerland, India and Cuba who are researching the characteristics of the cement, known as LC3, and producing it on a trial basis. LC3 is made to a different recipe than conventional cement, as a result of which CO2 emissions in production are up to 30% lower.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Climate change and environment
Biosphere protection

01.01.2013 - 31.05.2017

CHF 4'092'000

Construction assistance in India: Improving energy efficiency in buildings

Residential buildings in India

15.12.2012 - 30.11.2017

The SDC is supporting the Indian government in its efforts to reduce energy consumption in new buildings. The project helps develop the skills of architects, project managers, engineers and research institutes in the field of energy efficiency.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Climate change and environment
Biosphere protection

15.12.2012 - 30.11.2017

CHF 4'965'000

Getting the largest possible number of people to adopt the practice of washing their hands with soap

Colored markers make it possible to verify how effectively schoolchildren have washed their hands

01.04.2012 - 30.06.2014

In developing countries, diarrhea and acute respiratory infections are responsible for two-thirds of infant mortality, i.e., five times more than malaria and thirteen times more than VIH/AIDS. And yet, simply giving your hands a good washing with soap constitutes a very effective way to counter these infectious diseases. In India, the SDC is active in promoting this practice by means of a large-scale awareness-raising campaign involving the social media, famous cricket players, and Bollywood stars.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Drinking water and basic sanitation (WASH) (til 2016)
Infectious desease

01.04.2012 - 30.06.2014

CHF 1'200'000

Clean Air Project in India (CAP India)

01.11.2019 - 30.06.2027

India is one of the most severely affected countries by air pollution in the world. This project will contribute to India’s new National Clean Air Programme, with the aim to improve air quality with co-benefits on public health, environment and climate change. Capacity building and technical assistance through Swiss expertise will support data measurement and analysis, city level clean air action plans and awareness raising campaigns to take precautionary measures and mitigate air pollution.

Capacity Building for Low Carbon and Climate Resilient City Development in India (CapaCITIES)

16.07.2019 - 15.07.2023

India is rapidly urbanizing. The growing Indian cities are affected by climate change but are also important emitters of greenhouse gases. Phase 2 of CapaCITIES aims at enabling climate responsive urban planning in eight cities and two states. Swiss expertise in waste management, transport, water and climate finance will support development of solutions for low-carbon and climate resilient cities. The results of the project in India will be shared through global reporting mechanisms and city coalitions.

Remote sensing-based Information and Insurance for Crops in Emerging economies (RIICE) - Phase 3

01.08.2018 - 30.06.2021

Extreme weather events increasingly affect small-scale producers in Asia. Satellites and other information technologies present tremendous potential for improved country-wide monitoring of crop growth and insurance solutions for extreme weather events. With RIICE, SDC supports the integration of expertise from Swiss private actors and international public research centres toward modernizing public agricultural services and crop insurance programmes, offering performant solutions to Governments and producers to cope with production shortfalls.

Clean Energy Policy (CEP)

01.06.2018 - 29.02.2020

India has put forth an ambitious plan for decarbonisation of its economy as part of the post 2020 Nationally Determined Contribution under Paris Climate Agreement. The achievement of these targets needs development of appropriate energy transition in the coming two years (2018-19). This single-phase project will support the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation to setup a Platform which will deliberate on the energy choices and solutions.

Indo-Swiss Collaboration in Biotechnology (ISCB)

01.11.2017 - 30.11.2019

The Indo-Swiss Collaboration on Biotechnology is a long-standing (over 40 years) agricultural research cooperation between Switzerland and India. It aims to develop products (seed varieties, cultivation techniques) that respond to the needs of India’s smallholder farmers. Currently, four networks of Indian and Swiss institutions are researching on biofertilizer and –irrigation, finger millet, pigeon pea and cassava. A final phase will allow them to finalize their research, and give space to properly document the partnership and develop knowledge products.

Indo-Swiss Programme on Building Energy Efficiency (BEEP)

01.10.2017 - 31.12.2021

Globally buildings account for 35% of energy use and about 20% of GHG emissions. In India, buildings even consume 40% of all energy and cause 40% of CO2 emissions. Phase 2 of BEEP has shown that 30-45% of energy savings are possible in India with marginal additional costs compared to the current way of constructing. Based on the achievements of the previous phase, Phase 3 will focus on mainstreaming and scaling-up energy efficient and thermally comfortable building design and on promoting the on-site use of renewable energy sources.

Low Carbon Cement (LCC)

01.06.2017 - 31.05.2020

In the production of cement, CO2 is emitted through fossil fuel combustion and through a chemical reaction of the raw materials. Because cement is used widely as a construction material, its production contributes significantly to global warming. In Phase 1 of the project, EPFL in collaboration with partner institutions in Cuba and India conducted extensive research on a new cement type (LC3) which emits 10-30% less CO2 emissions compared to commercially available cements. Phase 2 of the project aims at preparing the grounds for large-scale production of the new cement by the industry, with a particular focus on India and Cuba.

Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme

01.01.2016 - 31.03.2020

The sensitivity of the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) to changes in global climate has been recognised and given priority by the Government of India. However, knowledge and scientific information on climate change impacts on the IHR is still limited and capacities to adapt are weak. The Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) aims at bridging the knowledge gap on climate change impacts and response measures by supporting collaborative research, capacity building and knowledge exchange and dissemination.

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