Switzerland to compensate more of its CO2 emissions abroad

Switzerland will once again sign a number of agreements with other countries to offset its greenhouse gas emissions.

To date, Switzerland has signed eleven bilateral agreements with countries such as Ghana, Peru and Senegal. 

By law, Bern can currently offset a quarter of its greenhouse gas emissions outside its borders. 

In the future CO2 law, the Federal Council wants to increase this to 40%.

Decarbonisation projects in countries of the Global South should enable the Confederation to achieve its climate targets, which are halving CO2 emissions by 2030.

Switzerland has been criticised in the past for practicing this kind of CO2 compensation outside the country's borders rather than reducing its emissions domestically.  



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