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Swiss GHG emissions fell by almost 8% in 2022

Switzerland’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions declined by 7.8% in 2022 to 41.6 MtCO2eq, according the country’s Federal Office for the Environment, driven down by lower emissions in the building and industrial sectors. Emissions in the building sector declined by 20% in 2022 to 9.4 MtCO2eq, i.e., 44% below their 1990 level, due to improvement in energy efficiency and the increased installation of heat pumps, while industrial emissions decreased by 8.2% in 2022 to 9.6 MtCO2eq, i.e., 27% below their 1990 level, thanks to the deployment of new technologies and contributions from saving measures. Finally, emissions in the transport sector fell only by 1.1% in 2023 (-8% relative to 1990), while emissions from other sectors (agriculture, waste management) were cut only marginally (-2% in 2022). Overall, GHG emissions in 2023 stood 24% below their 1990 level.

In its latest updated NDC (2021), the country set the goal to reduce GHG emissions by at least 50% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, with an interim reduction of 35% in 2025. In addition, it pledged to reach net zero emissions by 2050.