Swiss set to reach goals on greenhouse gas

Five years after ratifying the Kyoto Protocol, officials said on Friday that Switzerland was on track to meet target levels for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

This content was published on October 24, 2008 - 21:30

By 2012 the country will have reduced its net emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and synthetic gasses by eight per cent compared with 1990 levels – a goal set when the treaty was ratified in 2003.

In 1990 Switzerland had 52.8 million tonnes in net emissions. By 2012 the level should drop to 48.4 tonnes if current trends continue. That's 200,000 tonnes below the eight per cent target level.

The Federal Environment Office released the outlook based on current economic development, future growth and steps taken so far.

Calculating net emissions includes domestic reductions as well as carbon credits for climate protection programmes abroad and for forests that sequester CO2.

The Swiss government also set its own goals for singling out CO2 emissions. The goal to reduce output of that gas by ten per cent against 1990 levels is also likely to be met by 2012, the Environment Office said.

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