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Government says no CO2 tax on fuel for vehicles

The government decided on Wednesday not to extend a carbon dioxide tax on fuels for vehicles after critics blasted the idea earlier this year.

This content was published on May 6, 2009 - 19:16

Authorities said they would continue to levy a tax against CO2 emissions from fuels used in homes and other buildings.

Cabinent ministers said the idea behind the tax remains unchanged: to spur a 20 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2020.

The government will present parliament with a proposal by the end of August.

The measures are part of Switzerland's larger contribution to an international effort to reduce greenhouse gases worldwide.

swissinfo.ch with agencies

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