CO2 regulations for vehicles

New cars have not been permitted to exceed average emissions of 130 g CO2 per km since 2015, and 95 g CO2 per km since 2020. An average target value of 147 g CO2 per km has applied to delivery vans and light commercial vehicles since 2020. Swiss vehicle importers are subject to this requirement, and will have to pay a fine if they do not meet their individual CO2 targets.

In July 2012, CO2 regulations similar to those in the EU were introduced for new cars in Switzerland. These are being gradually tightened and their scope widened. As part of the Energy Strategy 2050, the average target value for new passenger cars was lowered from 130 to 95 g CO2 per km, while at the same time an average target value for new delivery vans and light commercial vehicles of 147 g CO2 per km was introduced.

In line with the EU, the CO2 targets are to be lowered by 15 % from 2025 compared with 2021, and will also apply to commercial vehicles. This was decided by Parliament in the total revision of the CO2 Act which will come into force in 2022 at the earliest.

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