Financial contributions and donations made by Nagra in 2017

Every year, Nagra publishes information on its financial contributions and donations to third parties.

As a company under private law, Nagra is not obliged to disclose such information. However, because of the important societal nature of its task and the need for transparent information in its area of work, Nagra publishes its annual contributions to the Sectoral Plan process, its main membership contributions to organisations and other annually recurring expenditure.

Based on an agreement with the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), Nagra finances relevant components of the Sectoral Plan process. In 2017, Nagra’s total contribution amounted to 4,905,748 CHF. This amount contains 1,710,611 CHF for manpower costs of the SFOE, 311,425 CHF for cantonal experts on safety, 1,204,000 CHF for financial support of the siting Cantons and communities and 1,679,711 CHF for the bodies involved in regional participation, including socio-economic-ecological studies.

In 2017, Nagra paid around 217,231 CHF by way of membership contributions to organisations, associations and professional bodies. The most important contributions (over 1,000 CHF) were as follows: Forum Vera 195,000 CHF, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Canton Aargau 7,078 CHF, the Association of Swiss Electricity Suppliers (VSE) 6,223 CHF and the Swiss Association for Standardisation (SNV) 1,192 CHF. Forum Vera is a cross-party and cross-denominational association that promotes the technically safe management of radioactive waste in Switzerland. The Swiss Association for Standardisation (SNV) plays an important role in bridging the gap between standardisation experts and users of standards.

A contribution of 10,000 CHF was made in 2017 to the Focus Terra permanent exhibition of the Earth Sciences Institute of the ETH Zurich. The exhibition makes an important contribution to explaining the geological processes in and on our planet in an easily understandable way. A donation of 1,500 CHF was also made to the Association of Friends of Academia Engelberg. Nagra sees this as a contribution to promoting inter-generational dialogue in the areas of economy and science.