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Bern agreements with the governments of Santiago, Nairobi and Tunis since the emission reduction objectives can be achieved abroad

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At the meeting of 29 November 2023, the Federal Council of the Swiss Confederation has approved new bilateral climate agreements.

International agreements with Chile, Kenya and Tunisia create the framework conditions for projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

These reductions in pollution can therefore be included in Switzerland's reduction target.

In the framework of the Paris Climate Agreement, Switzerland has in fact committed to halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, but that's not all.

Bern intends to achieve this objective above all by implementing measures on national territory.

However, the Agreement signed in the City of Light in 2015 allows countries to achieve their emissions reduction objectives also through projects carried out abroad.

Switzerland can in fact count the emissions reductions achieved in partner countries towards its national target.

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In 2020, Peru "led the way" and was followed by 10 other nations from various continents

In 2020, Switzerland entered into the first agreement of its kind in the world with Peru, followed by similar collaborations with Ghana, Senegal, Georgia, Vanuatu, Dominica, Thailand, Ukraine, Morocco, Malawi and Uruguay.

With these agreements, the Swiss Confederation has introduced a standard for international climate projects that meets strict requirements for the protection of the environment and respects international norms for the protection of human rights.

The agreements also guarantee to prevent double counting (in the donor country and in the receiving country) of the emission reductions achieved.

In fact, continuous verification is envisaged to ensure that the projects meet the established criteria and that the emission reduction objectives are actually achieved.

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The content of the Paris Climate Agreement was negotiated in 2015 by representatives of 196 states at the XXI Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Le Bourget, near Paris, France

In 2015, 196 states attended the XXI Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Le Bourget

The so-called Paris Agreement is an international treaty stipulated between the member states of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, regarding the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and finance, reached on 12 December 2015 and covering the period starting from 2020.

The content of this convention/treaty is negotiated by representatives of 196 States at the XXI Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC in Le Bourget, near Paris, France.

The agreement is open for signature on April 22, 2016, on Earth Day, during a ceremony held in New York.

Ratification by the member states of the European Union allowed the agreement to enter into force on 4 November of the same year.

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Klima- und Innovationsgesetz

Loi sur le climat et l'innovation

Climate and Innovation Act

Lescha davart the climate and the innovation

Climate change: the Federal Council of Switzerland in Bern
As part of the Paris Climate Agreement, the Federal Council of Switzerland has committed to halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990 levels