The Federal Council would like Switzerland to continue its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol. Between now and 2020, it would like Switzerland to reduce its emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels. This objective is consistent with the aims of the CO2 Act. At a meeting today, the Federal Council adopted a dispatch to this effect for the attention of the Swiss parliament.
Switzerland has fulfilled the objective set for it in the Kyoto Protocol for the period 2008-2012, particularly through emission reduction measures taken within the country. The purchase of certificates abroad and the CO2 sink effect of the forests were also taken into account. “The target for 2013-2020 is more ambitious and demands the commitment of all of the sectors involved,” noted Bruno Oberle, Director of the Federal Office for the Environment, on 10 April 2014 in Bern.
On 3trd April 2014 map.geo.admin.ch, the map viewer of the geoportal of the Swiss Confederation has achieved at «Best of Swiss Web 2014» the 2nd rank in the categories «Technlogy» and «Publique affairs», the 3trd rank in the category «Mobile web» and the 4th rank in the nomination for the Master Award. Those awards habe been issued by the Swiss Internet Industry Association and Netzmedien AG and honor Web- and Mobil-technologies regarding transparency and quality standards in Switzerland.
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) was created to close knowledge gaps in green growth strategies and practice to help countries implement green growth policy. The Geneva office of the GGKP officially opened its doors on 22 January 2014.
On 17 January 2014 the ministers who convened in Geneva on the occasion of the Ministerial Summit of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) appealed to the nations, scientific organisations and private sector to redouble their efforts to provide open access to a maximum of data resources. They also approved the continued operation of the GEO to 2025 and the retention of its current structure, which is based on voluntary participation.
The Tenth Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and associated Ministerial Summit will take place in Geneva from 15 to 17 January 2014. Almost 90 states and 70 organisations will convene with the aim of improving the access to information on the global environment. In accordance with the mandate adopted by the Federal Council on 18 December 2013, the Swiss delegation, led by Bruno Oberle, Director of the Federal Office for the Environment, will support the development of a comprehensive, coordinated and sustainable central system.
On 11 December 2013, the fifth round of negotiations were held between Switzerland and the European Union with a view to linking their respective CO2 emissions systems. The draft agreement was also fine-tuned.
The fourth round of negotiations between Switzerland and the European Union on the linking of their respective CO2 emissions trading systems was held in Zurich on 8 July 2013. Further progress was made at the negotiations. The aim of completing the technical negotiations by the end of the year was corroborated.
According to the latest environment report published on 9 July 2013, the environment in Switzerland is not immune to the major global environmental trends of increasing pollution, the overexploitation of natural resources and climate warming. According to Bruno Oberle, Director of the FOEN, the only way to reduce the pressure on natural resources is to decouple economic growth from environmental pollution.
The Swiss Federal Council aims to conserve natural resources, promote more ecologically sound consumption patterns and strengthen the circular economy. To this end, it is proposing the revision of Switzerland’s Environmental Protection Act. This legislative amendment is an indirect counter-proposal to the Green Economy Popular Initiative. The Federal Council submitted the proposed legislative amendment for consultation on 26 June 2013.