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White paper: Concurrent challenges for Switzerland – interfaces in climate action, biodiversity conservation, energy security and landscape preservation

In the coming years, the Swiss population will have to make various important decisions in order to meet the complex challenge of mitigating climate change: How can we simultaneously protect biodiversity, preserve the landscape and secure the energy supply? In this short white paper, we discuss some of the implicit and necessary trade-offs that Switzerland must address, and how this urgent energy transition to tackle climate change can be addressed to limit the impact on biodiversity and the landscape.



Event: 6. Consortium Meeting – Energy! @ETH Zurich

On 29 January 2024, the 6th SPEED2ZERO consortium meeting on the topic of energy with interfaces to climate and biodiversity took place at ETH Zurich. Several researchers presented their work in the form of short presentations and a World Café was held to discuss the challenges Switzerland faces in the energy transition and how SPEED2ZERO contributes to the energy transition.


The consortium compiled 3 Key Facts on how we can build a resilient energy system in Switzerland.


We thank all researchers for their active participation in the meeting!

Event: 5. Consortium Meeting – Buildings! @Empa

On 27 November 2023, the 5th consortium meeting on the building sector took place at Empa, followed by a tour of the NEST building in Dübendorf.


The consortium compiled 3 Key Facts on the role of the building sector in the energy transition and climate protection.


We would like to thank all speakers and participants for their active participation in the event and look forward to continuing the great collaboration in the SPEED2ZERO team in 2024!

Event: SPEED2ZERO @Scientifica

How are climate, energy and biodiversity connected? Our panellists discussed this topic with the general public at the Science Café on 3 September 2023. Interesting and critical questions were asked and the resulting dialogue between science and society was the aim of this event.


We would like to thank all visitors for their active participation, our panellists: Marina Gonzalez Vaya, Jonas Savelsberg, Philipp Brun and Dominik Schumacher for their valuable contributions and Gianfranco Guidati for moderating the event!

Event: 4. Consortium Meeting – Climate! @ETH Zurich

On 31 August 2023, the 4th SPEED2ZERO consortium meeting on the topic of climate with interfaces to energy and biodiversity took place. During the meeting, fundamental questions such as the following were discussed:

  • What does net zero mean

  • How do we achieve net zero?

  • What challenges do we face in this regard in Switzerland?


We would like to thank Prof. Reto Knutti and Prof. Sonia Seneviratne for their valuable contributions and all attendees for their active participation!

Event: 3. Consortium Meeting – Biodiversity! @WSL

On 3 July 2023, the 3rd SPEED2ZERO consortium meeting was held at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL) and was dedicated to the topic of biodiversity with interfaces to climate and energy. At the meeting, the challenges facing biodiversity in Switzerland were discussed and how these challenges can be addressed in the project. The biodiversity initiative was also discussed in order to link the project with political events in Switzerland.


We would like to thank Prof. Niklaus Zimmermann for his valuable input and all those present for their active participation!

Event: SPEED2ZERO Perspective – Prof. Katharine Hayhoe

On 26 June 2023, the first lecture in the SPEED2ZERO event series “Perspective” took place. We had the privilege to welcome Katharine Hayhoe, Professor at Texas Tech University and Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy at ETH. The highlights of her talk “Using data to change people’s views on climate change” can be found here.


We would like to thank Prof. Hayhoe for an inspiring talk!

Event: 2. Consortium Meeting @ETH Zurich

On 22 May 2023, the 2nd SPEED2ZERO consortium meeting took place. As part of the meeting, individual work package cards were created so that the link between the participants’ own research work and the objectives of SPEED2ZERO could be established.


Many thanks to all participants!

Event: SPEED2ZERO Kick-off @ETH Zurich

On 6 March 2023, the SPEED2ZERO kick-off / 1st consortium meeting took place. The objectives of the project were discussed, how the expectations of the project should be addressed and the stakeholders involved. Possible interfaces between the areas of energy, climate and biodiversity were discussed during the World Cafés.


We would like to thank all speakers and participants for their contributions and look forward to a great collaboration over the next three years!

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