Swiss pollute more abroad than at home

Around 60 per cent of environmental impacts caused by the Swiss population occur abroad stemming from imported goods and services, a study has found.

This content was published on June 7, 2011 - 16:15 and agencies

The report, published on Tuesday by the Federal Environment Office, investigated for the first time the total environmental impact due to Swiss consumption and production.

Researchers highlighted Switzerland’s dependence on foreign natural resources and production abroad.

The most important area of consumption is nutrition, which accounts for about 30 per cent of the total impact, followed by housing and mobility of private households.

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