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Swiss CO2-tax: a Mix of tax and refund

A CO2-tax burden, especially low-income earners, argue their opponents, some of the fears of growing political frustration. In Switzerland, there is a CO2-tax for years.

In Background of mountain peaks covered with snow, on the Lawn of the neighbors cows - graze a Swiss Idyll out of a picture book. The couple Big sitting on his terrace in the 6000-souls town of Frutigen (Canton of Bern) and leafing through file folders, keeps quiet on Swiss German. We have asked to explain the Swiss CO2 levy, have told them of the fierce political debate in Germany, with great passion, just as a tax on CO2 as a miracle cure touted, the other is strictly rejected.

In Switzerland there is this tax a long time ago. How does it work? Jürg and Annelies Great need to roll time old folder with invoices. Until a few years ago they had an old oil heater, and every Time the heating Oil was more expensive. This was also due to the steadily increasing CO2-tax, which is specified on each invoice to be transparent with.

levy acts as an incentive

In 2008, Switzerland implemented this System: a national steering levy on fossil fuels such as fuel oil, natural gas and coal; currently, there are 96 Swiss francs per Tonne of CO2. I made the switch to a new, eco-friendly wood-chip heating slightly, explains Jürg Large.

He himself is in the green liberal party and to delight in anyway easy for climate protection, but since it was also the House co-owners: "It was actually not so excited to invest in another heater. But the levy and the rising oil price have given us, then economic arguments, which have convinced him." Now all were satisfied.

Convinced your landlord to invest in a modern heating: Annelies and Jürg Large.

The Union believes that a levy

it Can be actually so easy? In Germany a political controversy of the CO2 pricing rages on. Many environmental economists believe that it is an important part of an overall strategy, the climate goals can be achieved. However, parts of the Union, however, brace themselves vehemently.

Carsten Linnemann from the economic wing of the CDU, for example, sees in it nothing more than a tax increase: "And if we don't reach our goals immediately, we need to tax soon after tax, again have to raise taxes. So that we can create acceptance in the population - on the contrary."

Several Union politicians point to France as a bad example: it Would also be unreasonable to expect the German citizens an environmental tax, could protest, a kind of yellow West movement on our roads. But how is the climate targets to adhere to?

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