Global warming


IPCC special report on global warming

08.10.2018 - In order to limit global warming to 1.5 °C, the world needs to achieve carbon neutrality around 2050. This will require a rapid and drastic reduction in emissions, the use of technologies to remove carbon from the atmosphere, and changes in habits.

IPCC report

Environmental Footprints

New publication «Environmental Footprints of Switzerland»

This study shows the development of Switzerland’s consumption-based environmental impact from 1996 to 2015 (environmental footprints). Switzerland’s resulting footprints are not in line with the planetary boundaries, and while the share of the environmental impact caused within the country is decreasing, the share of the impact caused abroad is sharply rising.

"Swiss water bodies - all clear"

“Swiss water bodies – all clear?”

05.06.2018 – Dive into the FOEN’s new video and experience Switzerland’s water bodies like you’ve never seen them before. Take a seat next to pilot Nino G from planet Nuxxo and accompany him on an adventure through Switzerland’s riverine landscapes.


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

Action Plan Biodiversity


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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