– Switzerland is still outside the top twenty in climate classification
According to the research institute NewClimate Institute, no country is doing enough to comply with the 1.5 degree limit. Not even Switzerland.
In the comparison of countries concerned with climate protection for 2023, Switzerland ranks 21st. Compared to last year, Switzerland managed to improve one place in the NGO ranking, but again missed the top twenty.
The environmental organization WWF announced on Friday that Switzerland received its poor marks primarily due to the low proportion of renewable energies in the energy mix and the national climate policy. This means that Switzerland also finished behind India and the EU average, among others.
Swiss politicians lack ideas on how to achieve these goals, according to the Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) 2024. Switzerland’s goals are basically clear. It wants to halve its emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, and become climate neutral by 2050.
“Switzerland has signed the Paris Climate Agreement and is committed to it,” the Federal Environment Office (Bafu) said in response to a question from Keystone-SDA. “We are following the recommendations of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The measures needed to achieve these goals are set out in the CO2 Act, which is currently being debated in Parliament.
The ranking was carried out by the NGOs Germanwatch, the Newclimate Institute and the Climate Action Network. The CCPI evaluates climate protection efforts in 63 countries plus the European Union. She added that all of these countries are among the largest emitters and were responsible for 90 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The four categories of greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energies, energy consumption and climate policy were evaluated.