The technology fund was created by the federal government to promote innovative technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the consumption of resources, support the use of renewable energy and increase energy efficiency. The fund’s loan guarantees lower the hurdle for innovative companies to get the necessary financing in place.
The federal government can guarantee loans to companies that are developing and marketing new products and methodologies for reducing greenhouse emissions, for the use and exploitation of renewable energies and conservation of natural resources.
If their application is approved, the companies will receive a confirmation for a guarantee. The guarantee is then issued to banks or other suitable lenders. To cover losses on the guarantee, a maximum of CHF 25 million per year from CO2 levy revenue is invested in a technology fund.
The processing of applications for guarantees and associated services has been outsourced to Emerald Technology Ventures and South Pole Carbon which operate the external management agency.
Guarantee requests shall be submitted to external agencies
Organization and execution Technology Fund
Applications will be examined both in terms of their technological suitability as well as the company's financial structure and viability in accordance with the Steering Committee's strategic requirements. A guarantee committee composed of representatives of the Confederation and the private sector assesses applications on behalf of the FOEN. The operational supervision rests with the Steering Committee, which consist of a member of the Federal Offices of the Environment (FOEN) and Energy (BFE). As a point of contact and to support the committee the FOEN operates a specialized technology fund. The principles of awarding the guarantee and the organization are determined by DETEC.
Jahresrückblick 2016 Technologiefonds (PDF, 1 MB, 07.09.2017)Geschäftsstelle Technologiefonds (in German)
Erste Evaluation Technologiefonds (PDF, 593 kB, 24.08.2016)Jahresrückblick 2015. Geschäftsstelle Technologiefonds (in German)
Last modification 01.10.2018