MONET 2030: Greenhouse gas footprint


SDG 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

Swiss target 12.2: As a contribution to the respect of planet boundaries, overexploitation of natural resources is prevented and the environmental impact of consumption and production is considerably reduced

Significance of the indicator
The indicator shows the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the final demand for goods and services in Switzerland. A global economy should take into account the emissions related to the consumption of goods and services, including those generated outside of the national territory. The carbon footprint takes account of precisely that, which means reducing it is a step towards sustainable development.

International comparability
It is not possible to measure import and export-related emissions directly so this has to be done using models. At international level several statistical approaches exist for estimating these flows, making international comparisons more difficult.


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Methodology

The greenhouse gas footprint is a statistical concept that calculates the total greenhouse gas emissions caused by the final demand for goods and services in Switzerland. In addition to domestic emissions, this includes emissions arising abroad in the manufacture of goods and services destined for Switzerland.

The greenhouse gas footprint takes into account direct emissions by households, emissions associated with the household's and public sector's final demand and emissions associated with gross fixed capital formation.

The greenhouse gas footprint is a measurement that has to be modelled. The results presented here are based on the air emissions accounts, the input-output tables (IOT) from the national accounts and a weighting of the import related-emissions. This weighting takes into account the CO2 intensity of the place of origin of Swiss imports. The greenhouse gas intensity of exports from the EU are weighted across the whole economy with a ratio of total CO2 emissions to the gross national product (GDP) for each economic region.

The greenhouse gases taken into accounts are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O) and synthetic gases (HFC, PFC, SF6, NF3) in CO2 equivalents.

Targets

Swiss target 12.2 : As a contribution to the respect of planet boundaries, overexploitation of natural resources is prevented and the environmental impact of consumption and production is considerably reduced.

International target 12.2: By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.

Contact

Federal Statistical Office Section Environment, Sustainable Development, Territory
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

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