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1 April 2019

Dear Newsletter Subscriber,


From 1 April to 12 May 2019 the KliK Foundation is conducting a first call for proposals for the procurement of ITMOs. Partner organisations and government agencies are invited to take part in the call for proposals provided they have been previously registered by the KliK Foundation following to their «Expression of Interest». In this first call for proposals, the KliK Foundation intends to pilot the procurement process and to select three to five activities for further development. Further possibilities to register and additional calls for proposals for the procurement of ITMOs will follow.


The KliK Foundation fulfils the legal obligation of Swiss motor fuel importers to procure emission reductions. According to the draft revised law, 54 million tonnes of CO₂e are to be procured through international activities for the period 2021 to 2030.


In order to efficiently meet this obligation, the KliK Foundation is beginning already now to procure ITMOs. This allows the foundation to take into account that, under article 6 of the Paris Agreement, eligible mitigation activities require a long time to develop because their definition must be made in close cooperation with the transferring country, Switzerland, the applicants and the KliK Foundation.

Which institutions are eligible under this call for proposals?

In March 2019, the KliK Foundation registered approximately 50 partner organisations and government agencies further to an invitation to «Expression of Interest» (EoI). They constitute the group of participants of the current call for proposals. Government agencies are basically free to join the call for proposals as they may register with the KliK Foundation anytime. Private organisations that could not register for this call for proposals will have the opportunity to apply for later invitations to EoI. The KliK Foundation will conduct another invitation to EoI still this year with a subsequent call for proposals for the procurement of ITMOs.

What kind of climate change mitigation activities is the KliK Foundation interested in?

In principle there are no restrictions as to countries and technologies. However, activities involving biological carbon sequestration such as REDD+ or LULUCF are not admitted in this call for proposals since their eligibility has not yet been sufficiently clarified in the light of the ongoing national parliamentarian consultation and of international negotiations.


Suitable activities are required to fulfil specific requirements concerning the ITMO’s environmental integrity, sustainable development and human rights as well as the obligation of a corresponding adjustment by the involved countries. The KliK Foundation ties its financial commitment to the condition that a bilateral treaty between the transferring country and Switzerland provides for the compulsory adherence to the requirements.


Accordingly, proposals from private organisations must be provided with an official letter by the competent government agency of the partner country which endorses the activity and confirms to eventually engage in bilateral talks with the Swiss government («Letter of Intent»).


The other requirements are published in the call for proposals documentation. The proposals selected by the KliK Foundation are eventually subject to further development. For this purpose, the applicant compiles a Mitigation Activity Description Document (MADD) in consultation with the competent authorities. The relevant procedures will be published in due course.

Where can I get information?

The registered partner organisations and government agencies will be notified about publications and calls for proposals. One may also sign up for the official newsletter, which communicates the most important information regarding the KliK Foundation’s procurement process.

Foundation for Climate Protection and Carbon Offset KliK

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8032 Zurich - Switzerland

Phone +41 44 224 60 05

email: mischa.classen@klik.ch