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International activities of the KliK Foundation

We financially support various greenhouse gas mitigation activities abroad in countries with bilateral climate agreements.

As part of its climate target, Switzerland plans not only to limit domestic emissions, but also to reduce emissions abroad. Switzerland wants to use Article 6.2 of the Paris Agreement to credit such emission reductions as a fee to its climate target. This requires a bilateral climate agreement that rules out double counting of emission reductions. The KliK Foundation finances the development of greenhouse gas mitigation activities and buys the resulting emission certificates, known as internationally transferred mitigation outcomes (ITMOs), which it hands over to Switzerland.

The greenhouse gas mitigation activities supported by the KliK Foundation must be authorised by both Switzerland and the respective partner country. ITMOs are only issued for verified emission reductions that go beyond those to which the partner country has committed itself under the Paris agreement. In line with Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, the authorisation shall assess the extent to which the specific mitigation activity enhances the ambitions of the participating countries and delivers social, environmental and health benefits.

Bilateral climate agreements

Switzerland’s partner countries

All information on the countries in which the KliK Foundation finances climate change mitigation activities and the conditions of participation.

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How does a country reach a bilateral climate agreement with Switzerland?

Representatives of interested countries must contact the Swiss federal office for the environment (FOEN) directly and apply to start talks. The KliK Foundation is not involved in the selection of countries or the conclusion of bilateral climate agreements.

Benefits of cooperation with Switzerland under Article 6.2 of the Paris Agreement

Benefit 1

Co-benefits for the transferring country

In cooperative approaches, mitigation activities are required to promote sustainable development. Consequently, such activities will be carefully designed to generate co-benefits that go beyond the mitigation of greenhouse gases. These may include positive health effects, cost-savings for households, job creation, stimulation of new investments, etc.

Benefit 2

Access to measures that would otherwise not be available

A country will consider various measures and regulations to combat greenhouse gas emissions. Yet some of these, while in principle sensible and effective, may in practice not prove achievable for a variety of reasons.

Given constrained budgets and technical capacities, a country will focus on measures involving least cost per mitigation outcome, and disregard measures that are expensive, technically challenging, or located in remote areas. Such measures could be identified for support under a cooperative approach.

Benefit 3

Increase domestic mitigation

If the volume of effective emission reductions generated by a mitigation activity is higher than the number of transferred ITMOs, the transferring country registers a net benefit.

Benefit 4

Capacity building

Mitigation activities carried out under cooperative approaches are limited in time. Once the structure to incentivise a mitigation activity has been implemented and local staff has been trained, the country may benefit from sustaining the activity with its own resources and capacities, thereby contributing to meeting its NDC.

Benefit 5


In ideal cases, over the course of a mitigation activity carried out under cooperative approaches, framework conditions evolve in such a way that no further support is needed after termination of the cooperative approach. Examples include behavioural changes, shifts in manufacturing standards, or the emergence of a mature market segment.


Participation process

Would you like to implement an activity to cut greenhouse gas emissions in one of the partner countries of Switzerland with a bilateral climate agreement?

Supported activities

Here you'll find the climate change mitigation activities supported by the KliK Foundation, from green cooling and clean cooking to sustainably produced biomass and e-mobility.

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