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Sustainable development goals

​The sustainable development goals of Agenda 2030 are political objectives of the United Nations, which are intended to ensure sustainable development at the economic, social and ecological levels.

The Federal Council attaches great importance to Agenda 2030, which was adopted in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly. Although it is not binding under international law, it is the Federal Council’s intention to see it implemented both in Switzerland and globally.

The themes of NRP 73 have been assigned to individual Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of Agenda 2030 - without reference to the sub-targets - although contributions to other goals are not excluded. The most important goals are:

  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure: build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation;
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities: make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable;
  • Goal 12: Responsible consumption and production: ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns;
  • Goal 15: Life on land: protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.

 Completed projects



Impacts of Swiss food consumption and tradeImpacts of Swiss food consumption and trade Dr.-Ing. Alexander Mathys

 Ongoing research projects



Challenges of modular water infrastructure systemsChallenges of modular water infrastructure systems Dr. Bernhard Truffer
Co-evolution of business strategies and resource policies in the building industryCo-evolution of business strategies and resource policies in the building industry Dr. Susanne Kytzia
Decarbonisation of the transport sectorDecarbonisation of the transport sector Maibach
Digital innovations for sustainable agricultureDigital innovations for sustainable agriculture Dr. Robert Finger
Ecological footprint in the housing sectorEcological footprint in the housing sector Philippe Thalmann
Ecosystem services in forestsEcosystem services in forests Thürig
Enhancing supply chain sustainability Enhancing supply chain sustainability Christian Schader
Extending the lifespan of mobile devicesExtending the lifespan of mobile devices Yann Blumer
Financing clean techFinancing clean tech Joëlle Noailly
Green labour market effectsGreen labour market effects Rolf Weder
Insurance value of forest ecosystemsInsurance value of forest ecosystems Dr. Roland Olschewski
Interaction of economy and ecology in Swiss farmsInteraction of economy and ecology in Swiss farms Thomas Nemecek
Laboratory for circular economyLaboratory for circular economy Dr. Karoline Frankenberger
Legal framework for a resource-efficient circular economyLegal framework for a resource-efficient circular economy Dr. Sebastian Heselhaus
Nudging small and medium-sized companiesNudging small and medium-sized companies Jan Schmitz
Open assessment of Swiss economy and societyOpen assessment of Swiss economy and society Christopher Mutel
Post‐fossil citiesPost‐fossil cities Patrick Wäger
Rebound Effects of the Sharing EconomyRebound Effects of the Sharing Economy Dr. Claudia R. Binder
Resource efficiency in Swiss hospitalsResource efficiency in Swiss hospitals Stucki
Sustainable Trade Relations for Diversified Food SystemsSustainable Trade Relations for Diversified Food Systems iur. Elisabeth Bürgi Bonanomi
Sustainable consumer behaviourSustainable consumer behaviour Dr. Renate Schubert
Sustainable financeSustainable finance Dr. Jean-Charles Rochet
Sustainable public procurementSustainable public procurement Dr. Dr. Peter Seele
Switzerland’s sustainability footprintSwitzerland’s sustainability footprint Dr. Joseph Francois
The influence of environmental identitiesThe influence of environmental identities Dr. Sandor Czellar
Towards a sustainable circular economyTowards a sustainable circular economy Dr. Volker Hoffmann
Trade‐offs in forestsTrade‐offs in forests Tobias Schulz
Voluntary corporate environmental initiativesVoluntary corporate environmental initiatives Dr. Thomas Bernauer

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