The CO2 levy is a key instrument to achieving statutory CO2 emission targets. This incentive tax on fossil combustible fuels, such as heating oil and natural gas, has been levied since 2008. In making fossil fuels more expensive, it creates an incentive to use them more economically and choose more carbon-neutral or low carbon energy sources.
Two-thirds of the revenue from the levy is redistributed annually to the public and the economy independently of consumption. One-third (max. CHF 450 million) is invested in the buildings programme to promote CO2-reduction measures such as, e.g., energy-efficient renovations or renewable energies. Another CHF 25 million is provided to the technology fund.
CO2-intensive companies can be exempted from the CO2 levy if they commit to reducing emissions in return. Large energy-intensive companies participate in the emissions trading scheme and are also exempt from the CO2 levy.
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Impact assessment of the CO2 levy
Impact Assessment of the CO2 Levy : Fact Sheet (PDF, 157 kB, 19.02.2018)Approaches and key findings
Last modification 28.09.2018