Other policy areas

Greenhouse gas emissions can also be reduced by measures that do not fall under the CO2 Act. Efforts in other areas such as energy, agriculture and tax policies help to achieve the reduction targets.

Energy Strategy 2050

Around three quarters of Switzerland’s greenhouse gas emissions result from the use of fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas and coal. The country’s energy policy aims to improve energy efficiency and increase the share of renewable energy, and makes an essential contribution to climate change mitigation with its Energy Strategy 2050:

Agricultural legislation

The agricultural sector is also responsible for an appreciable share of Switzerland’s greenhouse gas emissions, and should therefore also play its part in achieving the reduction targets. The measures are set out in the agricultural legislation:


In order to make biofuels more marketable, they qualify for relief on mineral oil tax if they meet certain environmental and social requirements:

Synthetic gases

Several synthetic gases, which are used for example as refrigerants or in foam production, have a very strong global warming effect. Some of these gases also contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer. The production and consumption of such gases are regulated internationally by the Montreal Protocol and in Switzerland by the Chemical Risk Reduction Ordinance:

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