The Waste sector shows the greenhouse gas emissions produced by waste management (not including waste incineration). These mainly come from landfills and wastewater treatment plants. Emissions from the incineration of waste in municipal solid waste and special waste incineration plants and as an alternative fuel in industrial furnaces are allocated to the Industry sector.
Landfills and wastewater treatment plants are responsible for the majority of the greenhouse gas emissions in the Waste sector, which are methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O). Other emissions are produced during biological treatment of solid waste (composting and digestion at biogas facilities) and from the incineration of waste without energy use (illegal incineration, incineration of sewage sludge, open burning of organic waste, etc.).
Kenngrössen zur Entwicklung der Treibhausgasemissionen in der Schweiz (1990-2021) (PDF, 1 MB, 11.04.2023)Stand April 2023 (in German, also available in French)
Emissionsübersicht: Tabellen zum Bericht (Version Juli 2023) (XLSX, 350 kB, 11.07.2023)Tabellen zum Bericht «Emissionen von Treibhausgasen nach CO2-Gesetz und Übereinkommen von Paris» (in German, also available in French)
Last modification 11.04.2023