BAFU-Direktor Marc Chardonnens (rechts) und der stellvertretende Generalsekretär der OECD, Masamichi Kono, präsentierten den 3. Umweltprüfbericht der OECD am 27.11.2017 in Bern den Medien.

Switzerland’s international environmental performance review: mixed results

The OECD’s 3rd Environmental Performance Review of Switzerland shows that despite progress, Switzerland still has a very high environmental impact. FOEN Director Marc Chardonnens (right) and OECD Deputy Secretary-General Masamichi Kono presented the review to the media on 27 November 2017 in Bern.

Media Release of 27.11.2017

Emissions trading

Linking of the emission trading systems of Switzerland and the EU

Switzerland and the EU have been negotiating the possibility of linking their emissions trading schemes since 2011. Both the Federal Council and the EU Council of Ministers issued a corresponding negotiating mandate. The agreement has been signed on 23 November 2017 in Berne. Its ratification must now be approved by the Swiss and European parliaments.

Sustainable finance

First step towards climate-aligned financial flows

In the context of the Paris Agreement, Swiss pension funds and insurance companies were invited by the FOEN and the State Secretariat for International Financial SIF to test the climate compatibility of their portfolios. The offer attracted widespread interest. The Swiss financial sector remains insufficiently focused on climate-friendly investments.  

Study (PDF, 1 MB, 23.10.2017)

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Federal Council adopts the Action Plan for the Conservation and Promotion of Biodiversity

The Federal Council adopted the Action Plan for the Swiss Biodiversity Strategy on 6 September 2017. The Action Plan contains a catalogue of measures and pilot projects for the conservation and promotion of biodiversity and the services it provides to the economy and society.



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