Growth in Swiss ecotaxes surveyed

Statistics office finds green tax receipts, share of all taxes, rising significantly during 1990s

Swiss environment-related tax receipts rose by 70% in the 1990s, the country's statistical office has reported in what it calls its first ever assessment of environmental taxes and charges. Though still accounting for only 3% of the total, purely environmentally motivated taxes grew even faster, rising over three-fold over 1990 levels by 1999 and four-fold by 2000.

The report shows environment-related taxation reached SFr7.8bn (euros 5.3bn) in 1999 and SFr8.3bn in 2000, rising as a share of all tax receipts from 7.4% in 1990 to 9.3% in 2000. The vast majority of environment-related taxes continue to apply to energy and transport, with just 6% related to resource use and 2% to emissions in 2000.

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