Climate change mitigation - Drivers and pressures (Switzerland)

SOER 2010 Common environmental theme (Deprecated)
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SOER Common environmental theme from Switzerland
Published: 26 Nov 2010 Modified: 11 May 2020

In 2007, transport-related emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) amounted to 16.3 million tonnes, or 32 % of total CO2 emissions in Switzerland (FOEN, 2009b). Emissions from the transport sector have increased by 11 % since 1990, with fluctuations reflecting economic development. Road traffic is responsible for 97 % of transport-related greenhouse gas emissions (excluding international air traffic). Around 70 % of these emissions stem from cars. Specific emissions per kilometer were reduced substantially due to technological developments, however, this improvement was offset by an increase in traffic volumes.

Apart from transport-related emissions, households are responsible for 20 % of all greenhouse gas emissions, which result largely from the combustion of heating oil. Since 1990, annual CO2 emissions from Swiss households have remained quite stable at around 12 million tonnes per year. However, emissions are strongly anti-correlated with winter temperatures.

Agriculture contributes approximately 10 % to the total national greenhouse gas emissions;most of the emissions are related to animal husbandry (CH4), manure management (N2O) and agricultural soil emissions (N2O).


Relative emission trends in the energy sector

Relative emission trends in the energy sector

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