Under the Paris Agreement, Switzerland is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 % compared with the 1990 level by 2030. To reach this target measures are implemented both in Switzerland and abroad. The target is enshrined in the totally revised CO2 Act, which comes into force at the earliest in 2022.
The Paris Agreement requires Parties to submit an updated reduction target every five years. Switzerland’s target for 2030 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 % compared to the 1990 level and by an average of at least 35 % over the 2021–2030 period.
Parliament approved this reduction target when it ratified the Paris Agreement in June 2017. The target became enshrined in the totally revised CO2 Act in September 2020. The target is to be achieved with measures at least three quarters in Switzerland and at most one quarter abroad.
The accountable sink (greenhouse gas balance of vegetation and soils) is also taken into account.
Last modification 24.12.2020