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The climate in the waiting room

Each week of the Zurich cantonal government from printing its agenda. Only this is harmful to the climate. 200 advances long she is alone, 25 influence on climate . The TA editorial staff has compiled the most important measures and, together with two energy professionals from the cantonal Council a rating of: ETH physicist and energy researcher Barbara Schaffner (GLP, Otelfingen) and solar-energy engineer, Martin Neukom (Green, Winterthur).

As efficient, and the Parliament is motivated in the fight against climate change? This is a discussion flared up on the last Monday in a heated debate on the topic of "climate emergency". FDP-President Hans-Jakob Boesch threw the parties Green, GLP, SP, AL, EVP and BDP "cheap populism". The so-called climate parties would declare a state of emergency, "but beware, to name just a handy measure, in its postulates".

image route: Zurich demonstrated for the climate

Barbara Schaffner countered, it is especially the FDP and the SVP, which reject many of the climate initiatives", water down, and on the long Bank to push". It announced that the GLP will now submit applications to climate preferable to that of relevant initiatives on the agenda. Interestingly, According to Christian Schucan (FDP) would be exactly this approach "goal-oriented" as a state of emergency.

the following are the main initiatives that dealt with in the Council, and for the most part, were rejected. The assessments of the Climate are a rough estimate and not scientifically supported:


• Not more power than warm air.

•• small cattle manure

••• A good place to start

•••• So the climate breathes on

••••• So that the world might be saved


These roads should animate to switch to Velo, and roads and public TRANSPORT will relieve. In 2016, rejected, processed by the Economics Directorate of the project.


plastic recycling

A nationwide collection and recycling of plastic has been rejected in 2016, just because the FDP as a co-signatory of the left-hand Postulate to the no-tipped stock. Your Argument is Not profitable, the Burning of plastic is just as environmentally and recycling.


energy support

With 86:85 votes, the Council had refused to 2016 using CVP and BDP a saving request over several million. Thus, the renovation of houses would be supported. The SVP spoke of "subsidy madness". The chance of victory was of no avail, because later, the budget request was refused.


Flugplatz Dübendorf

SVP, FDP, CVP, and EDU sat in 2017, almost with one Motion, the avian use on the airfield Dübendorf explicitly in the structure plan.

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reducing emissions

About 40ETH-researchers spoke out in 2016 in the Redem-the Initiative for a step reduction in CO2 emissions in new buildings and renovations, in the course of the next 18. The proposal was supported in the Council only with 72Stimmen for the time being – against the will of the SVP, FDP, CVP, BDP and EDU. Also, the government is against it. Arguments: The Initiative was a "drastic interference in property rights", the roadmap, and with incentives rather than coercion, the target will be reached ambitious.


solar power

A postulate, the "costs requested deck at the end of" solar power production at the cantonal buildings, was adopted in 2015, against the votes of the SVP and the FDP. The Canton is now 120 roofs with solar modules.


Minergie soften

With 86:85 votes in 2017, SVP, FDP and EDU came up with a postulate that allows for buildings to a deterioration of building standards at the cantonal high.

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Still pending on the long list of agenda items about 25 climate-relevant initiatives. They are treated by the newly-elected Parliament. Only the Greens had submitted during the heat of summer, the 10 initiatives. The most important are:

cantonal Constitution

The main objectives of climate protection are to be written into the cantonal Constitution, limiting the increase in global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels. The achievement of this goal would be crucial, from the Zurich article in the Constitution, to the global impact it is but a very.

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investing is investing 6 billion francs, the Canton and the institutions in systems. Green, GLP and SP require that these be invested so that the environment is taken into account.


fuel tax

one of the largest CO2-flying Spin. The Greens call for a state initiative for a tax on Kerosene. By more expensive to fly a substantial reduction of CO2 emissions is to be achieved"".


No fossil fuel investments

The Zürcher Kantonalbank (ZKB) not allowed to own shops more complete in the area of carbon-intensive companies (raw materials, Oil, Gas and coal).


climate Treaty in Paris

In the cantonal energy law is the goal to reduce emissions to 2.2 tonnes of CO2 per head and year. The goal is not compatible with the climate Treaty of Paris. With the proposal the objective of zero tonnes of CO2 will be anchored by 2050. According to the Christian Schucan, this could get "quite the support of the FDP".



A Motion of the Green requires a master plan for Decarbonisation. The goal is a complete Transition in the Canton of fossil fuels to renewable energies.



CVP, FDP and SVP require that the supply of renewable Gas to achieve the energy requirements in the building sector is possible. This leads to a reduction in building standards and increased consumption of Gas and other energy.


Shorter time limits for Procedures

GLP, BDP and EVP shorter Procedures to require time limits for construction projects, intended for the use of indigenous, renewable energy.


solar systems

Large systems are cheaper than small. The development is faltering, which is why you will be from Canton encouraged.


electric vehicles

The EPP, an adaptation of the building act requires that, in order for the Charging infrastructures for electric vehicles (conduits, power supply) are planned for New constructions and renovations.


pellet heaters

EVP, FDP and SVP require that pellet heaters up to 70 kW of a memory will be exempted, in order to facilitate their dissemination. Modern, automatic pellet heating systems were to include less pollution output than old.


CO2 recycling

The government aims to create the foundations for a CO2 recovery. The company Climeworks in Hinwil is one of the leading companies in this area.


The energy expert of the FDP, and SVP of the charge does not sit up, your parties would occur in the measures on the brake and moves to the rear of the slide. "All the many initiatives against climate change are set as all of the other concerns by the management on the agenda. Parliament's work is sluggish," says Christian Lucek (SVP). Christian Schucan (FDP) says: "measures, which track only the Ecology, not economically viable, so at the expense of the other aspects go, are not sustainable." Counter-productive to radical initiatives, those that are not economically feasible, and such were in the Council, moreover, "the pure symbol character".


Created: 15.03.2019, 21:46 PM

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