Sustainability: Switzerland

September 2021

Well-developed hydro capacities and low usage of fossil fuels allow Switzerland to maintain solid performance in reducing carbon footprint. Phasing out of nuclear energy might hinder the country’s aim to be carbon-neutral by 2050 yet provides investment opportunities in renewables. Water resources in the country are sufficient yet declining precipitation levels threaten groundwater. Global warming is endangering Switzerland with heat waves and invites opportunities for innovative solutions.

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Sustainability: Switzerland



Extensive federal measures to secure future energy supply from renewables
Rejection of the new CO2 law to impede country’s progress towards net-zero goal
Environmental regulations and public funding to remain key behind nature protection
Solid management of water resources to secure future water supply
Sustainable farming to further gain ground in Switzerland
Efficient risk management to further support strong natural hazards coping abilities


Chart 1 Environmental Sustainability Index: Switzerland Chart 2 Global Sustainability Ranking: Switzerland Chart 3 Energy Ranking: Switzerland Chart 4 Energy Availability Landscape: Switzerland Chart 5 Energy Efficiency, Security and Equity Landscape: Switzerland Chart 6 Pollution Ranking: Switzerland Chart 7 Air Pollution: Switzerland Chart 8 Waste and Water Pollution Landscape: Switzerland Chart 9 Forest and Biodiversity Ranking: Switzerland Chart 10 Forest and Biodiversity Landscape: Switzerland Chart 11 Water Ranking: Switzerland Chart 12 Water Availability, Equity and Security Landscape: Switzerland Chart 13 Water Security and Efficiency Landscape: Switzerland Chart 14 Food and Agriculture Ranking: Switzerland Chart 15 Food and Agriculture Landscape: Switzerland Chart 16 Role of Agriculture in the Economy: Switzerland Chart 17 Environmental Resilience Ranking: Switzerland Chart 18 Environmental Resilience Landscape: Switzerland

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