Switzerland adopts CO2 tax on heating fuels

Variable levy to apply from 2008 with rates tied to carbon emission levels

A Swiss tax on carbon dioxide emissions from heating fuels is to enter force from 2008 after the country’s upper parliamentary house, the council of states, approved the measure on Thursday, ending the legislative process.

The variable tax rate will be pegged to carbon emissions: it will initially be set at SFr12 (€7.5) per tonne of CO2 and rise or fall depending on how emission levels move against baselines to be set annually.

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