Implementing CO2 and Energy Regulations in Switzerland: How does Switzerland approve CO2 emissions reduction targets proposed by companies?


Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)

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Context and objectives

  • The COAct and Ordinance came into effect 1 January 2013.
  • The act seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Switzerland by at least 20% from their 1990 level by 2020.
  • In addition to a tax on fossil fuels, measures are planned for the transportation, manufacturing, and construction sectors.
  • If the tax burden is too great, companies in federally designated sectors can be exempted if they commit to reducing their CO2 emissions.
  • Evaluate, as a federal auditor, emissions reduction targets proposed by companies in French-speaking Switzerland that are seeking exemption
  • In-depth review of potential energy savings proposals submitted by energy experts, including AEnEC (Agence de l’énergie pour l’économie), ACT (Agence Cleantech Suisse), and others
  • Additional energy audit for companies


  • 50 company audits are conducted annually

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