Swiss carbon tax moves closer to launch

The Swiss government has adopted draft rules on a tax on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuels. It launched the policy in March, alongside a voluntary climate levy on road fuels (EED 30/03/05). One of two new ordinances governs the tax, set to cost SFr35 (€23) per tonne of CO2. The second sets out rules under which enterprises can claim for emission reductions made abroad. The federal council has also written a message to parliament asking it to approve the CO2 tax. See press release.

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