Project

National Greenhouse Gas Inventory of Switzerland

The National Greenhouse Gas Inventory reports Switzerland’s yearly greenhouse gas emissions under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), from 1990 to the present. The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment has mandated EBP with several tasks in connection with this reporting.

Switzerland joined the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and ratified the Kyoto Protocol. Thereby, Switzerland is obliged to yearly declare their greenhouse gas emissions to the Climate Secretariat of the United Nations in Bonn. The declaration is composed by an inventory of the emitted greenhouse gases and a detailed report including information about the methodology, the assumptions and the data sources to calculate the emissions.

Under the instructions of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (BAFU), EBP develops part of the report on the greenhouse gas inventory. This includes a description of the emissions from stationary energy sources, from industrial processes, from the use of solvents and from waste management.

The greenhouse gas inventory forms the basis of an assessment of whether Switzerland is complying with the reduction goals set out in the Kyoto Protocol. The reports are accessible to the public on the BAFU Website.