Switzerland INDC: first in, but room for improvement

Switzerland is the first country to formally submit an INDC to the UNFCCC. It aims at halving greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, with at least a 30% reduction by 2030 domestically. The remainder of the emission reductions would come from “emissions reduction measures abroad”.

Date2015, March 05
Aletsch Glacier ©Photo by Sam Rayner

Switzerland’s proposal includes forestry accounting, which prevents an unambiguous quantification of its target, and will likely result in weaker emissions reductions across all other sectors.

The INDC is in line only with the least stringent equity proposals.

Switzerland’s INDC includes the option of fulfilling a substantial share of the 50% reduction by 2030 through emission reduction measures undertaken in other countries. The expenditure to achieve this could range from virtually zero to 1.3 billion USD/tCO2.

To bring Switzerland’s INDC in line with fair emissions reductions which are 2?C compatible, it needs to increase the target, shift the balance between domestic and non-domestic action and clarify and limit the role of abatement in its LULUCF sector. Read more.