On this page, you will find documentation issued by the Swiss government and the different federal departments (official statements, policies, publications, press releases).
|December 2019||Press release||Federal Council|
|June 2019||Press release||Federal Council|
|June 2018||Press release||Federal Council|
|April 2018||Federal policy||Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)|
The publication provides an overview of the current state of climate policy. The primary pillars of the Paris Agreement are presented and important concepts such as the global CO2 budget and climate neutrality are discussed. The publication highlights Switzerland's action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and addresses the vulnerability of the country under continuing global warming. With the Paris Agreement climate-friendly investments and support of developing countries particularly exposed to climate change gain in importance.
|March 2018||Press release||FOEN|
|April 2017||Announcement of Climate Alignment Pilot Tests 2017||Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)|
Between mid-April and mid-June 2017, the FOEN will offer all Swiss pension funds and insurance companies an opportunity to have their equity and corporate bonds voluntarily tested for climate-friendliness at no charge. These pilot tests will be carried out with a model that was prepared using EU research funding and tested by over 100 investors. Upon completion, it will be available free of charge as an unlicensed model. FOEN is receiving an anonymized meta-analysis. More information on the climate alignment model and the participation you can find on www.transitionmonitor.com.
|March 2017||Press release||Federal Council|
|Environmental aspects in financial market policy: Federal Council is informed of progress made|
|October 2016||Federal Policy||Federal Council|
The Federal Council names five key thrusts of the financial market policy, which demonstrate how the Swiss financial centre's opportunities and challenges will be addressed and how the centre's competitiveness should be maintained. The chapter on "innovation" states that the financial market policy should play a supportive role also in the area of sustainable investments.
|September 2016||Federal policy||Swiss Federal Council|
Swiss Climate Policy revision linked to Paris Agreement
Chapter 6.9 focusses on voluntary measures that the financial sector could undertake to re-orient the capital flows towards a low-carbon economy.
|May 2016||Press release||Swiss Confederation|
|Switzerland hosts international workshop on environmental risk analysis in financial sector|
|April 2016||Federal Policy||Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)|
Within this updated report, chapter 5.2.3 identifies instruments that can be used to achieve the Green Economy vision. Instrument 6c specifically cites the incorporation of ecological and sustainability considerations within the financial market policy.
|February 2016||Press release||Swiss Federal Council|
|International financial bodies discuss sustainability issues: Federal Council defines Switzerland's role|
|January 2016||Federal policy||Federal Office for Spatial Development (ARE)|
Section 4.2.5 (Action area 5 – Economic and financial system) was adapted to include two goals (goal 5.4 and 5.5) specifically related to sustainability and finance.
|May 2015||Press release||Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)|
|The financial system as a driver of the transition to a green economy|
|April 2015||Federal policy||State Secretariat for Economic Affiars (SECO)|