Switzerland’s Long-Term Climate Strategy
On 28 August 2019, the Federal Council decided that Switzerland would aim to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and gave the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) the task of drawing up a long-term climate strategy, thus ensuring that Switzerland meets a requirement of the Paris Agreement. This document ‘Switzerland’s Long–Term Climate Strategy’ is the result of this work. The reduction of emissions to net zero is also likely to pay off financially by 2050. A key factor will be structuring the transition to the net zero goal over the coming years in a socially acceptable, economically viable and environmentally sustainable way and aligning the regulatory environment accordingly. The complete revision of the CO2 Act lays the foundation in this respect.