7 January 2019

Happy new year, procurement kicks off in 2019

Happy new year, procurement kicks off in 2019

Dear subscriber

Early last year we announced that KliK would invite to an expression of interest towards the end of 2018. This did not happen, as we were awaiting the results of two regulatory processes: the COP in Katowice and the first reading of the Swiss CO₂ act, both having taken place during last December.

What did we get?

Regrettably, Katowice did not deliver the desired rulebook for markets. The decisions do not provide for guidance on Article 6. In fact, we are left with two different texts, one from SBSTA and one from the presidency with brackets remaining, which creates ambiguity for the process going forward.

This is also bad news when it comes to the next steps of parliamentary decision making on the Swiss CO₂ act. In December, the Swiss parliament’s first chamber produced an unbalanced draft act and ditched the outcome in the final vote. The act is now forwarded to the second chamber, who will have to start all over. The role of international offsets was again heavily disputed; for some the panacea, for some a cheap trick. Now, without a sound signal from Katowice, it will become even more difficult to explain to the critics, why it makes sense to invest into collaborative approaches to up the ambitions of Switzerland.

Is this the end?

Well, no. It is now that we need concrete action to convince the critics. We have a sufficiently sound basis to continue working on collaborative approaches. In the decisions on the transparency framework (Art. 13) there is guidance on accounting of ITMOs; the contentious issues that finally led to postponing a decision on Art. 6 rather relate to the sustainable development mechanism (Art. 6.4). The guidance on collaborative approaches itself is not disputed. And in Switzerland, no party opposes to environmentally integer international programmes.

Breaking new ground

On the sideline of the COP there was considerable momentum. Peru and Switzerland formalised a dialogue that shall lead to a bilateral agreement on collaborative approaches under the Paris Agreement (read the news). Further countries will follow.

Against this backdrop, KliK decided to kick off the procurement process as planned. First, in the second half of January, you will be invited to express your interest in providing the foundation with programme ideas and apply with the foundation to be selected as a partner organisation.


Then, in March, we plan to launch a first “open opportunities call” for tenders, to take stock of existing leads.

It is my pleasure to wish you a great new year, and to be back soon with the invitation to express your interest.

Mischa Classen

Director Carbon Procurement

Foundation KliK

Foundation for Climate Protection and Carbon Offset KliK

Freiestrasse 167

8032 Zurich

Phone +41 44 224 60 05