26th September 2022
The government has agreed a CHF3.2 billion (£2.93 billion) climate action package. Swiss glaciers have lost half their volume in the past 80 years and some predict many may melt by the end of the century unless action is taken. NEW
The money will be spent on several initiative:
- Subsidising a network of alpine photovoltaic plants.
- The replacement of fossil fuel heating systems with sustainable alternatives.
- The insulation and renovation of buildings.
The Glacier Initiative committee, that had wanted to ban the use of fosil fuel, said the plan would ensure that “effective and rapid climate protection can be realised in Switzerland”.
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The government is to take action after it was thought there could be a nationwide vote on banning fossil fuels completely.
The new initiative averts such a plan and it will be withdrawn once both chambers of parliament finalise the details of the new initiative.
Supporters of the ‘Glacier Initiative’ say the new measures go some way to satisfying their demands for Switzerland to stand by the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.