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You are here: Home / The European environment – state and outlook 2010 / Country assessments / Switzerland / Air pollution - Drivers and pressures (Switzerland)

Air pollution - Drivers and pressures (Switzerland)

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SOER Common environmental theme from Switzerland
Published: 26 Nov 2010 Modified: 23 Nov 2010

Ultimately, it is human behaviour that determines emission levels. Mobility, energy consumption, industrial and agricultural production and consumption patterns are the principal contributors. On the other hand, it is the development and resolute use of clean technologies that reduces emissions. This process can be supported by tightening limit values and providing economic incentives, such as the CO2 levy on fossil fuels that was introduced on 1 January 2008.

 

The principal sources are transport, industry, households and agriculture (emissions 2008).

 

Households

Industry

Agriculture/forestry

Transport

Total

 

%

%

%

%

%

SO2

27

68

1

5

100

NOx

9

25

11

55

100

NMVOC

18

57

8

17

100

CO

16

15

11

58

100

NH3

2

2

95

2

100

HCl

34

66

0

0

100

HF

7

93

0

0

100

Particulate Matter PM10 1

14

29

30

27

100

Pb

42

28

1

29

100

Zn

3

8

0

89

100

Cd

24

69

0

7

100

Hg

15

84

1

0

100

PCDF

44

45

2

9

100

CH4

1

15

83

0

100

N2O

2

19

75

4

100

1 currently under revision

 

 

 

 

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