The Swiss Emissions Trading Registry (EHR)

Emission allowances, emission reduction certificates and attestations from Switzerland and companies that participate in emissions trading can be recorded in the Swiss Emissions Trading Registry. The FOEN uses the registry to check whether companies meet their commitments, while the authorities use it to ensure that federal reduction targets are met. The FOEN uses the registry to control whether companies have complied with their statutory obligations, and conducts the auctioning of allowances. At the same time the FOEN ensures the fulfilment of the national reduction target.

The Swiss Emissions Trading Registry is an online accounting system. It ensures that the issuance, holding, transfer, acquisition, cancellation and surrender of units are accurately recorded. The registry is similar to a journal: changes are documented in it. However, the trading is actually organised by the private sector.

Each transaction of units under the Kyoto Protocol is reviewed and approved by International Transaction Log (ITL) of the UN Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC).

For transactions of all other units (e.g., Swiss emission allowances, attestations) this review is ensured through a Supplementary Transaction Log (STL) in Switzerland.

All units exist only in electronic form.

Participants

Operator Holding Accounts: Companies that are required to have an account in the Swiss Emissions Trading Registry between 2013 and 2020 in order to fulfil their commitments under the CO2 Act can submit an online application to open an account in the Swiss Emissions Trading Registry. The fees for account opening and annual account maintenance fees are imposed in accordance with Article 4 paragraph 1+2 of the applicable FOEN Ordinance (CHF 140 per hour).

Basically, the following charges may be assumed:

 

Time expended

Costs

Account Opening (once)

2 hrs.

CHF 280

Account management (annually)

1 hr.

CHF 140

Personal accounts: In addition to companies that are required to have an account in the Swiss Emissions Trading Registry between 2013 and 2020 in order to fulfil their commitments under the CO2 Act, other actors in the EHR can open an account to participate in emissions trading. Businesses and individuals who want to trade emission allowances, emission reduction certificates and attestations can submit an online application to open a personal account in the Swiss Emissions Trading Registry.

The fees for account opening and the annual account maintenance fees are imposed in accordance with Article 4 paragraph 1+2 of the applicable FOEN Ordinance (CHF 140 per hour).

Basically, the following charges may be assumed:

 

 

Time expended

Costs

Account Opening (once)

4 hrs.

CHF 560

Account management (annually) 

3 hrs.

CHF 420

Further information

Links

Legislation

Contact
Last modification 28.09.2018

Top of page

https://www.bafu.admin.ch/content/bafu/en/home/topics/climate/info-specialists/climate-policy/emissions-trading/the-swiss-emissions-trading-registry--ehr-.html