Swiss public reject climate law over cost of living fears

(Climate Home News, 14 Jun 2021) The Swiss public has voted against a more ambitious climate law, in a move analysts say will make it harder for the rich European nation to meet its climate targets.

In a referendum held on Sunday, 52% of voters opposed a revision to the country’s climate law, which would have increased taxes on polluting activities like flying and driving.

Proposals included a levy of 30-120 francs ($32-$129) on airline tickets for flights taking off from Switzerland and raising a tax on petrol and diesel from 0.05 to 0.12 francs a litre.

The measures were designed to help Switzerland meet its target to reduce domestic emissions by 37.5% between 1990 and 2030.

A further 12.5% of emissions cuts, from the 1990 level, are to come from Swiss-funded emissions reductions abroad. The reforms would have increased the funding available for these programmes by increasing taxes on motorists.

Climate Analytics analyst Ryan Wilson told Climate Home News the result was “upsetting” as it would delay climate action, making it harder to meet the 2030 target.

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