Restart the CO₂-law – that’s today in the NationalratDie Large chamber debated for the second Time on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. These are the most important points of the template.0 comments

one and a Half years after the total crash of the CO2 act prevents the national Council today, Tuesday, for the second Time on the template. Exciting is how far the discussions of the current Corona of a crisis is influenced.

It is a Bang it was, as the Grand chamber rejected the total revision of the CO2 law in December 2018 in the total vote. In addition to the SVP, the start also today, nothing to do with the template white, agreed to at the time, the Greens and the green liberals, however, the SP representatives abstained, a majority of the vote. The reason is that A civil majority had been watered down in the preceding debate, the law is strong.

In the spring of 2020, the signs are different, a lot has happened in the meantime. On the one hand, the climate movement, which was influential in shaping the Federal elections in the autumn of 2019 and led to a organic slip in Parliament, was formed. On the verge of the Council of States had decided, under the impression of the climate of strikes and new scientific evidence, measures that meet the objectives of the climate agreement of Paris.

Comfortable majority for the template

This is the national Council now, today, and tomorrow discuss. The discussions start from scratch, all previous Decisions are null and void. Time is of the essence. Originally, the new law should enter into force next year.

The basic resistance is significantly less than 18 months ago. In the overall vote, the preliminary advice to the environmental Commission of the national Council (Urek) has adopted the revised CO2 act with an 18 to 7 vote. Only the SVP-group of rejects Occur on the template (for report: economic SVP for the CO2-law in limbo) . Another request from their ranks also calls for the rejection of the submission to the Commission. Both of these concerns are likely to be out of the game.

The Urek beats to the Federal law on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as the CO2 law, officially known as the – various Changes. By Monday evening, approximately twenty individual requests were in addition to various articles.

decision on the airline ticket levy

Many of which concern a Public controversial issue: the air ticket levy. Against the Council of States approved the levy of the civil side of the new resistance is formed, because the air travel industry has been hit by the Corona-pandemic particularly hard.

The majority of Urek wants to follow the Council of States: On the price of Tickets for commercial passenger flights should be charged a levy of between 30 and 120 Swiss francs, depending on the travel distance and class. Private jet flights would also be affected (to the report: Who would make a flight ticket tax really).

around one-tenth of the Swiss CO₂-emissions: travelling by plane.Photo: Keystone

To talk about the use of the funds from the new climate Fund is likely to give. The national Council Commission is keen that the rural and Alpine regions to come to the train. Therefore, you want in the law that the Federal Council must take into account in the distribution of funds, the economic Situation of these regions.

All of the companies to get into the Boot

Much of the decisions of the Federal Council and of the Council of States the national Council the Commission is waived for the opportunities for businesses to let from the CO2 levy exempt. Since 2008, large and energy-intensive companies can do that, if you undertake to reduce your emissions.

According to the will of the national Council Commission, the possibility should be open to new businesses at all. The Federal Council had proposed a threshold value of 15’000 Swiss francs CO2-tax burden, the Council of States spoke for 10’000 Swiss francs. The national Council Commission wants SMEs can enter into agreements.

more Expensive petrol

accept the conditions, and the national Council Commission with measures that increase the price of the petrol. Fuel importers must compensate for today is a part of their imports. In the future, you will need more offset and a larger part in the domestic. This increases the price of the petrol.

For the Oil heaters of the national Council Commission the cantons: Their should be somewhat later than planned. Should apply to old buildings, starting in 2023, a CO2-limit value if the heater needs to be replaced. The cantons should receive a transitional period up to 2026 (to the report: flying, heating your home, driving a car – so great the gap still is).

the climate agreements as a Basis

With the Revision of the CO2 act is governed by the future climate policy. The then environment Minister Doris Leuthard had presented to the Embassy in December 2017 before the media. Since the beginning of 2019, the current Federal President Simonetta Sommaruga is in charge of the Dossier.

Switzerland intends to implement the commitments under the climate agreement of Paris, and their greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 cut in half. At least 60 percent of the reduction in the domestic to be done.

(SDA /aru)

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