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Report to the Federal Council: Green Economy: Report and Action Plan

Switzerland Current 2013

The Action plan targets four main priority areas and measures in order to advance transition to a green economy: consumption and production; wastes and raw materials; cross-cutting instruments; targets, monitoring, information, reporting.

Issuer name

Federal Department of environment, transport, energy and communication

Government ministry


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"(1) Consumption and production: current consumption patterns and production methods use large quantities of resources and cause major environmental impacts. To induce change in this area, it is necessary to improve information on the ecological aspects of products and company product ranges and increase innovation. Furthermore, cooperation with the econ-omy is required to provide opportunities for further efficiency improvements. (2) Wastes and raw materials: the extraction of raw materials causes major environmental impacts. More efficient use of raw materials and the closure of material cycles will need to become priorities. Fewer raw materials should be used to produce goods and less waste should be generated. (3) Cross-cutting instruments: the Cleantech Master Plan and greening the tax system are projects that affect more than one issue. But since a large portion of our environmental im-pact is caused abroad, we will not reach our goals by working solely at the national level. To reduce the overall pressure exerted on natural resources from the extraction of raw materials and the production of goods, Switzerland will need to step up its international efforts to pro-mote a green economy. (4) Targets, monitoring, information, reporting: to know whether Switzerland is on its way to becoming a green economy, it must fully measure its progress and use these measurements as the basis for monitoring the success of its measures. Goals must also be set and progress reports prepared. In addition, dialogue with economic actors, the scientific community and civil society is an important part of developing a green economy. Finally, awareness measures can be used to support this dialogue."

Organizations covered by the instrument

All Companies

Industry scope

All/none specified

ESG coverage - E (Environment)








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Issuer type

Governments (governmental department, agency)

Reporting requirements

Other e.g. action plan, strategy, programme, voluntary initiative

Mandatory or voluntary


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