Climate and Innovation Act

On the 18 June 2023 the Swiss electorate voted on the Federal Act on Climate Protection Targets, Innovation and Strengthening Energy Security (indirect counter-proposal to the Glacier Initiative).

Climate and Innovation Act: summary

Switzerland imports around three quarters of its energy. All the mineral oil and natural gas consumed in Switzerland comes from abroad. These fossil fuels will not be available indefinitely and they place a heavy burden on the climate. In order to reduce environmental pollution and dependence on other countries, the Federal Council and Parliament want to reduce the consumption of oil and gas. At the same time, the aim is to produce more energy in Switzerland.

In terms of the bill, Switzerland will gradually reduce its consumption of mineral oil and natural gas. The goal is for Switzerland to become climate neutral by 2050. The bill introduces measures to reduce energy consumption. Those who replace their oil, gas or electric heating will receive financial assistance. In addition, companies that invest in climate-friendly technologies will be supported. The bill is an indirect counter-proposal to the Glacier Initiative. Unlike that initiative, it does not aim to ban fossil fuels such as petrol, diesel, heating oil and gas. A referendum has been called against the bill.

Last modification 18.06.2023

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