Target agreement DETEC waste-recycling plants CH

The agreement has the aim of reducing emissions from the incineration of waste and creating incentives for more efficient energy use in municipal waste incineration plants (MWI). It was signed in August 2014.

The 30 MWI in Switzerland are responsible for approximately 5% of Switzerland's total greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions from the incineration of waste have especially tended to rise in recent years due to consumption habits as well as population and economic growth in Switzerland.

With the conclusion of the target agreement, the waste sector is integrated into Swiss climate policy and is committed to make a reasonable contribution of Switzerland's climate policy goals. In return, the MWI are exempted from participating in the emissions trading scheme.

Reduction target for 2020

The agreement provides for a reduction of CO2 emissions from the incineration of waste by 200,000 tonnes CO2 in 2020 as compared to the year 2010 as well as a total reduction of 1 million tonnes CO2 over the period from 2010 to 2020. These targets should be achieved primarily through the more efficient use of energy and increased recovery of metals.

The heat produced by the combustion is used for generating electricity and for heating purposes and and replaces electricity and heat from fossil sources. These indirect emission savings are applied towards the achievement of targets. Savings from the recovery of metals from combustion residues are also creditable.

Periodic review of the achievement of targets

The Association of Plant Managers of Swiss Waste Treatment Installations (VBSA), as representative of the MWI, tracks the development of emission reductions and the initiated and planned measures for emission reduction by monitoring. The results of the monitoring are summarized in an annual report. In the years 2016, 2018 and 2021, an in-depth review takes place as to the extent to which targets have been reached. The monitoring reports are published respectively on the VBSA Website.

Zielvereinbarung (PDF, 290 kB, 21.01.2015)between the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications and the Association of Plant Managers of Swiss Waste Treatment Installations (in German)

Liste der durch den VBSA vertretenen KVA (PDF, 11 kB, 27.04.2015)Revidierter Anhang 1, gültig ab 27.4.2015 (in German)

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