Indicator climate

CO2 Emissions from thermal and motor fuels

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the main greenhouse gas. It is generated primarily when fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas (thermal fuels) or petrol and diesel (motor fuels) are burnt. Once the correction for weather conditions is made to the CO2 emissions from thermal fuels, it is immediately clear whether the threshold values for raising the CO2 levy rate have been exceeded or not.

Assessment of the state
medium medium
Assessment of the trend
unsatisfactory unsatisfactory
Threshold 2 for CO2 levy on thermal fuels 2016: 17.7907191269194 Threshold 2 for CO2 levy on thermal fuels 2014: 18.2588959460489 Threshold 1 for CO2 levy on thermal fuels 2016: 17.0884538982252 Threshold 1 for CO2 levy on thermal fuels 2014: 17.7907191269194 Threshold 1 for CO2 levy on thermal fuels 2012: 18.4929843556136 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2018: 16.8299729136637 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2017: 17.2082682957387 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2016: 17.5445388235467 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2015: 17.8639707586457 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2014: 18.3656979087387 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2013: 18.8625172733631 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2012: 19.2044702655484 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2011: 19.5430762081924 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2010: 20.0824592041971 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2009: 20.3679421128796 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2008: 20.8763040904656 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2007: 21.4734775649516 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2006: 21.8704005086034 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2005: 22.0581028663558 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2004: 22.3323303597708 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2003: 22.1825020522791 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2002: 22.3778988807461 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2001: 22.7430826402636 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 2000: 22.4614503202369 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 1999: 22.226292301901 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 1998: 23.211741646624 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 1997: 22.7394923503365 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 1996: 21.872433786099 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 1995: 22.7024598356505 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 1994: 22.9309962145231 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 1993: 22.6555635669211 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 1992: 23.8486416511355 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 1991: 23.2508647476262 Emissions from thermal fuels (corrected for weather conditions), in million tons CO2 1990: 23.4088409564729 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2018: 15.9586861484776 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2017: 15.9627884106717 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2016: 16.2466092094211 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2015: 16.4186159657306 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2014: 17.1565779160161 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2013: 17.2602180844031 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2012: 17.3513918866592 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2011: 17.2302119311775 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2010: 17.4236058511443 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2009: 17.5202680722854 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2008: 17.7132044545156 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2007: 17.360245970561 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2006: 17.0363715821765 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2005: 16.8992628758512 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2004: 16.8179834789996 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2003: 16.6938164086302 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2002: 16.5199010560231 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2001: 16.5683606345808 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 2000: 16.8482854959004 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 1999: 16.5840203333346 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 1998: 15.9742855599363 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 1997: 15.7460052972327 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 1996: 15.1718088815313 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 1995: 15.1138824584427 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 1994: 15.4207174662859 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 1993: 15.2247067475307 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 1992: 16.2641993210355 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 1991: 15.9400349069837 Emissions from motor fuels, in million tons CO2 1990: 15.4559156624595

Data for the graph: Excel
Source: FOEN
CO2 levy for fossil thermal fuels 2019: 96 CO2 levy for fossil thermal fuels 2018: 96 CO2 levy for fossil thermal fuels 2017: 84 CO2 levy for fossil thermal fuels 2016: 84 CO2 levy for fossil thermal fuels 2015: 60 CO2 levy for fossil thermal fuels 2014: 60 CO2 levy for fossil thermal fuels 2013: 36 CO2 levy for fossil thermal fuels 2012: 36 CO2 levy for fossil thermal fuels 2011: 36 CO2 levy for fossil thermal fuels 2010: 36 CO2 levy for fossil thermal fuels 2009: 12 CO2 levy for fossil thermal fuels 2008: 12

Data for the graph: Excel
Source: BAFU
Comment

The CO2 levy for fossil thermal fuels is an important instrument for achieving international and national emissions targets. The CO2 levy rate is raised when degree-day-adjusted CO2 emissions from thermal fuels exceed the stipulated threshold values.

CO2 emissions from thermal fuels in 2016 sank to 74,97% of emissions in 1990. This reduction in CO2 emissions was insufficient to reach the threshold value of 73%. Therefore, since 1 January 2018, the CO2 levy has been at 96 CHF per tonne of CO2.

In 2018 the CO2 emissions from combustible fuels were reduced to 71.9% of emissions in 1990. Regarding the emissions from motor fuels, they still amount to 103.3% of 1990 emission levels, despite a slight decrease since 2008. The state is therefore evaluated as medium and the development as unsatisfactory.

International comparison

CO2 emissions based on CO2 statistics make up only a portion of the greenhouse gas emissions that are reported in accordance with the revised CO2 Act and the Kyoto Protocol. For an international comparison, please refer to the “CO2 emissions per inhabitant” indicator. 

Method

The energy-related CO2 emissions based on CO2 statistics listed here include all CO2 emissions from motor fuels and from thermal fuels subject to the CO2 levy and are corrected for weather conditions.
 
Energy-related CO2 emissions based on CO2 statistics are calculated by adding up the individual emissions from fossil motor and thermal fuels. These are calculated as follows: emission = annual activity * emission factor. The annual activity rate captures the magnitude of an activity, which in this case is the annual consumption of a thermal fuel (e.g. heating oil, natural gas) or a motor fuel (e.g. diesel oil, gasoline, kerosene, aviation gasoline). In this calculation, an adjustment for degree days and solar radiation is made for the thermal fuel emissions in order to account for the influence of fluctuations in weather conditions. Source: Global energy statistics (Swiss Federal Office of Energy).
 
The full time series is recalculated in the event of changes to the methodology, improvements to the available source data or retrospective corrections of error.

 

 
Last updated on: 16.07.2019

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