“Critical Infrastructures, Climate Change, and Resilience of the Swiss Energy System” is the guiding theme of the current call for proposals under the SWEET funding programme. This call is a joint undertaking of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) and the National Centre for Climate Services (NCCS).
With a view to meeting energy and climate policy targets, Switzerland's energy supply in the period up to 2050 will increasingly focus on decentralised renewable energy sources, energy conversion and storage technologies as well as digitalisation. Malfunctions in energy infrastructures can have serious consequences for the economy, society and critical resources. The safe and reliable operation of such infrastructures is therefore of central importance.
The aim here is to analyse the influence of the energy transformation on critical infrastructures. Moreover, the vulnerability of the energy system to technical, natural and societal hazards is to be studied. Of particular interest are hazards that are influenced by climate change.
Specific recommendations for making the energy system more resilient are to be drawn up for infrastructure operators, political bodies and federal and supervisory authorities.