The CO2 levy is a key instrument for achieving statutory CO2 emissions 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 energy-efficient renovations or renewable energies. Another CHF 25 million is provided to the technology fund.
Operators of greenhouse gas-intensive installations can be exempted from the CO2 levy if they commit to reducing emissions in return. Operators of large greenhouse gas-intensive installations 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 13.12.2019