Our objectives

Assessment of the sustainability and resilience of the future renewable-based

Swiss energy system with a long term perspective focusing on 2035 and 2050


Development of an integrated quantitative analytical framework

based on modelling tools and indicator databases

Engagement of stakeholders

for the evaluation of indicators, as well as future energy pathways and their sustainability and resilience implications and related competing objectives

Application of the tool box on real case studies

on Swiss national level and for several regional or topic-focused case studies and develop strategies for the transition towards sustainable and resilient energy systems including roadmaps, strategy documents etc. jointly with corresponding stakeholders.

Diverse competences in the team

The interdisciplinary consortium of SURE consists of ten well-established research partners and fifteen cooperation partners, which form a powerful and diverse consortium needed to tackle the research and implementation challenges related to this project. Our competences involve:

Energy technologies (modeling of demand, supply and transportation of energy)

Macroeconomics and management

Spatial modelling with high resolution

Political Science and Law

Environmental science and decision support

Computer science

Perspectives form industrial and governmental stakeholders

Main research activities

The case study of CANTON TICINO adopts the methods and tools developed by the consortium and applies them in a regional context to assess and ensure the coherence between federal and regional sustainability and resilience solutions that meet the aspirations and expectations of local actors.
The case study at the URBAN AND SUB-URBAN SCALE with Zurich as a starting point adapts the concept of the sustainability and resilience of the energy system in order to additionally take into account aspects that could arise from the specificities of urban energy planning.
The case study on sustainability and resilience of the TRANSPORT SECTOR AND ENERGY-INTENSIVE INDUSTRIES investigates the interdependence of the operator of the Swiss train system (SBB) and the Swiss energy system to assess specific impacts of the activities of large actors of the energy system on sustainability and resilience, as well as resilience and sustainability aspects related to process heat provision for industrial companies and areas.

Our case studies