Swiss voters back new climate bill

This will see the country lower its imports of oil and gas and shift its focus to renewable energy

Big Zero Report 2023

Swiss voters have supported a new climate bill that will drive forward the country’s journey to net zero by 2050.

The new law will see Switzerland end its dependence on oil and gas imports, focusing more on renewable energy.

Just shy of 60% of voters backed the legislation, which will see two billion Swiss francs (£1.7bn) invested into replacing fossil fuel heating with low carbon alternatives.

Currently, close to 75% of Swiss energy is imported, which has led to a high level of oil and gas imports.

There was a 42% participation rate in the referendum, with the voters’ decision being celebrated by the country’s Finance Minister Karin Keller-Sutter.

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