Federal Office for the Environment FOEN

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Environment - Dec 9, 2019
The Agreement on the linking of the Swiss and EU emissions trading schemes (ETS) has been ratified by the representatives of both parties and will come into force on 1 January 2020. Linking the Swiss ETS with that of the EU will be beneficial for both environmental policy and the economy.
Environment - Dec 6, 2019

During its meeting on 6 December 2019, the Federal Council once again discussed sustainability in the financial sector. It took note of the developments in this area and instructed the Federal Department of Finance (FDF) to examine, in close collaboration with the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), whether there is a need for regulatory action as regards transparency and risk analysis.

Environment - Sep 20, 2019

On 21 September 2019, ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, Switzerland and the Netherlands will present an initiative on how public and private investments can be tested for climate compatibility and aligned with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 1.5 °C target.

Environment - Jul 16, 2019

Neuchâtel, 16.07.2019 - With a total of 5.2 million m3, 11% more timber was harvested in 2018 than in the previous year. The clear increase is above all due to a severe bark beetle infestation resulting from a summer drought and damage from winter storms at the start of 2018. This meant that more than 5 million m3 of wood was harvested in Switzerland for the first time since 2011. These are some of the findings from the Federal Statistical Office's (FSO) Swiss Forestry Statistics and from the test forestry operations network run by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).

Environment - Jun 26, 2019

During its meeting on 26 June 2019, the Federal Council held a discussion on a sustainable Swiss financial centre. It sees great opportunities for innovation and competitiveness in this area and has decided to set up a working group to carry out various investigations.

Environment - Nov 26, 2018

Bern, 26.11.2018 - President Alain Berset and Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard will attend the next UN climate conference being held in Katowice, Poland, from 3 to 14 December. The international community will gather to draw up guidelines on implementing the Paris climate agreement, to be known as the Paris Rulebook.

Environment - Nov 13, 2019

At its meeting on 13 November 2019, the Federal Council approved the revised Ordinance on the Reduction of CO2 Emissions. This, together with the amendment to the CO2 Act adopted in March 2019 and the agreement with the EU, will enter into force on 1 January 2020.

Environment - Aug 28, 2019

Under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Switzerland has undertaken to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared with 1990 levels.

Environment - Jul 12, 2019
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In order to estimate for the first time the exact extent of plastic pollution in Switzerland, the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) has mandated Empa researchers to calculate how much plastic gets into the environment.

Environment - Mar 25, 2019

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.

Environment - Jul 18, 2018

Neuchâtel, 18.07.2018 - (FSO) - The Swiss timber harvest increased again in 2017 following the low point of the previous year. With a total of 4.69 million m3, 5% more timber was harvested than in 2016. This increase was due in particular to a 12% rise in timber harvests on privately-owned forests. However, there was no improvement in the financial situation of Swiss forestry holdings. These are some of the findings from the Federal Statistical Office's (FSO) Swiss Forestry Statistics and from the test forestry operations network run by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).




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