Mobility is after nutrition and housing one of the areas of consumption and production with the greatest effects on the environment.


Two-thirds of the environmental impact of Switzerland (within its borders and outside) stems from nutrition, housing and mobility. Therefore, environmental policy needs to address these areas. However, there are no easy universal solutions. Instead, a differentiated view of the system, which takes into account the interaction of values, lifestyles, social structures, markets, technologies, products and infrastructures, is necessary.

In Brief

The stock of vehicles on Swiss roads is growing, and the number of kilometres travelled in passenger as well as in freight transport continues to increase. When it comes to passenger transport, leisure travel accounts for almost half of all distances travelled within Switzerland, making it the main driver of demand for transport performance. Furthermore, air travel abroad has risen sharply since 2010. Lifestyles, new business models and technological developments are constantly changing mobility.


What impact does mobility have on the environment in Switzerland? Effects of mobility on tranquillity, air, climate, soil, landscape, biodiversity, waste and raw materials.


Das BAFU hat den gesetzlichen Auftrag, die Auswirkungen des Verkehrs auf die Umwelt zu untersuchen, Lösungen zur Begrenzung vorzuschlagen und, wo zuständig, diese umzusetzen. Es befasst sich vor allem in den Bereichen Lärm, Luft, Klima, Landschaft und Biodiversität mit dem Verkehr.

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Last modification 30.11.2018

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