Climate: Information for specialists

What are the consequences of climate change on our lives? What are Switzerland's climate policy targets and which measures should be taken to achieve them? How can we adapt to the consequences of climate change? Here you can find answers to these and other questions, as well as specialist information on Switzerland's climate policy strategy, targets and implementation.

Climate change and effects

Climate change has major consequences, for example, on the water balance, matter cycles, flora and fauna and many areas of society.

Strategy and climate policy targets

Switzerland is contributing to limiting global warming and sets targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These targets are updated in successive stages. The Climate and Innovation Act sets Switzerland the target of becoming climate neutral by 2050.

Reducing greenhouse gases

Switzerland introduced a wide range of specific measures to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Adaptation to climate change

As global warming can be limited to no more than 1.5 °C, adaptation to the consequences of climate change is of increasing importance. The Federal Council’s strategy provides a framework for a coordinated nationwide approach.

Climate and financial markets

In the future, investments ought to focusI more on technologies and energy sources that are less greenhouse gas-intensive. To measure these progresses, Switzerland regularly conducts climate compatibility tests.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS and NETs)

To reach long-term climate targets, large quantities of CO2 will need to be removed from the atmosphere or directly at facilities and stored on a long-term basis.

Climate Programme – training and communications

The Climate Programme supplements and reinforces the measures of the CO2 Act and supports climate protection. It focuses on vocational training for skilled workers and managers and on providing information and consulting for cities and municipalities.

International climate policy

Switzerland is committed at the international level to establishing robust rules for the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Last modification 15.08.2023

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