Vision and Mission

Energy demand in industry accounts for approximately 20% of the total energy consumption in Switzerland, which results to 43 TWh in 2014 [1]. The scenario “political measures” of the Swiss Energy Strategy 2050 targets 20% energy reduction for industry until 2035 and 33% until 2050, which reveals an absolute energy reduction of 9 TWh until 2035 and of 14 TWh until 2050 compared to 2014 [2].


The vision of the SCCER EIP is to develop the science and technology that allows Swiss industry to transition to a sustainable use of energy in its processes, to reduce greenhouse gases and to ensure that the target of 14 TWh energy consumption reduction until 2050 is achieved while at the same time keeping the impacts on the economics of the corresponding processes to a minimal.


The mission of the SCCER EIP is two-fold:

  • Develop novel technologies and materials that result in energy savings:
    • in industrial heating and cooling processes as well as in electricity
    • of some key industrial processes (separations)
    • to reduce the energy cost for cleaning water
  • Support implementation of energy efficiency by:
    • assessing the techno-economic feasibility at technology level
    • providing new assessment methods at company level
    • assessing the energy transition at national level

New concepts and processes, innovations and demonstration facilities are developed, tested and evaluated. Research and development addresses systems at different scales, from individual process units to integrated processes up to integrated sites connected with their surroundings, with a focus on technological innovation but also addressing organizational and managerial aspects.

[1] SFOE, “Analyse der schweizerischen Energieverbrauchs 2000 – 2014 nach Verwendungszwecken”, 2015

[2] SFOE, “Energieperspektiven 2050”, 2013