Linking of the Swiss and EU emissions trading systems: CO2 Ordinance revision enters consultation phase

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On 25 March 2019, the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC) opened the consultation on the partial revision of the current CO2 Ordinance. The amendment is needed so that the Swiss and EU emissions trading schemes (ETS) can be linked. From 2020, emissions from civil aviation and fossil power plants will be included in the Swiss ETS, as is already the case in the EU. Linking the two schemes would enable companies in the Swiss ETS to trade in the larger EU emissions market.

Switzerland wants to link its ETS to the EU scheme so that Swiss companies can participate in the larger and more liquid EU emissions market and benefit from the same competition conditions as EU companies. To this end, an agreement was signed with the EU on 23 November 2017. Swiss Parliament approved this agreement on 22 March 2019 and accepted the necessary changes to the current CO2 Act. For these decisions to be implemented, the CO2 Ordinance has to be amended. The linking agreement is scheduled to enter into force on 1 January 2020. …

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