Who we are

  • An independent consulting group providing policy analysis and implementation services since 1976. We are situated in Zurich and Bern and are fully owned by our management and senior staff.
  • We offer a diverse pool of knowledge of 50 committed employees with a broad multi-disciplinary know-how in economics and social sciences, engineering and natural sciences.

What we do

  • Plan and do research on topics related to sustainable development.
  • Develop practical solutions and decision-making principles in key societal, economical and eco-logical fields.

Who we work for

  • Private and public companies, national and international administrations and organisations.

The way we work

  • Independently, in an unbiased, fair, multi-disciplinary, practical and implementation-oriented way.
  • We include different views and methods, and think beyond boundaries.
  • We aim for ecological and socially responsible, long-term sustainable solutions.
  • We focus on the customer benefit.

We excel in

  • in-depth understanding of economic processes, policy planning and decision-making.
  • Mediating between researchers, economists and policy makers.


men look over the foundations of a construction site.

LC3 - A Sustainable Alternative for the Cement Industry

Learn about Limestone Calcined Clay Cement (LC3), a new low-carbon blended cement that allows cement manufacturers to reduce the CO2 emissions from production.

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Cover photo: Air pollution from open fires and smelters near Bantala, Kolkata, India. Credit: Brett Cole

The SDC's Engagement for Clean Air for All

The SDC supports partners around the world in tackling climate change and in improving air quality while reducing poverty, improving health and protecting the environment.

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Interactions between biodiversity, climate change and land use  Source UNEP (2021b)

Climate Change & Environment Nexus Brief: Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

This nexus brief explores key challenges and issues related to biodiversity and the intrinsic linkages between ecosystems and sustainable development. 

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Climate Ledger Initiative

Climate Ledger Initiative

Watch a video from Climate Ledger Initiative co-founder Nick Beglinger on this international, multi-stakeholder platform at the intersection of climate change and blockchain technology, or more generally distributed ledger technology (DLT).

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Decarbonising the building sector

Decarbonizing the building sector

This report  highlights a set of essential measures and successful examples for incorporating building activities in decarbonization efforts for governments to include in their NDCs.

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Figure 2 from page 8 of the report: SDC Climate change foresight analysis Global and regional risks and hotspots Update 2021. (Click to enlarge)

SDC Climate change foresight analysis (2021)

This 2021 foresight report provides information about short- and medium-term climate-related risks and analyses these risks with regard to water, food, health and regional stability.

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