March 15, 2022 | Documents

Swiss Negative Emissions Fund – paying for Net Zero

In this paper, we propose setting up a fund to finance the removal of all Swiss territorial GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions from 2030. The fund will accelerate decarbonization and help reach annual net zero emissions around 2040, and then progressively remove all past emissions emitted from 2030. The fund will be entirely funded by emitters, […]

December 16, 2021 | Documents

Carbon removal, net zero, and implications for Switzerland

Carbon removal, including carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and negative emission technologies (NET), is an important but small part of climate action, unlikely to scale beyond 5-10% percent of current emissions, in the 2-3 critical decades we have to stabilize our climate and stop biodiversity loss. We propose a typology of climate action, and […]

September 16, 2021 | Documents

The future of globalization: Building resilient and sustainable supply chains

New report by the Enterprise for Society Center analyzes the resilience and sustainability challenge of globalization.

June 28, 2021 | Documents

Bending the Line: Moving Towards a Circular Economy

The world is today operating in a linear economy that extracts natural resources, produces energy or goods which are disposed in the form of pollution or waste. This “take, make, waste” system has generated prosperity and wealth in many parts of the world, but has also polluted the planet and the atmosphere. The consequences are […]

June 3, 2021 | Documents

Introducing an Air Ticket Tax in Switzerland: Estimated Effects on Demand

Air travel is now recognized as the most important driver of anthropogenic climate change of all Swiss economic sectors, ahead of ground transport. Furthermore, It is widely expected that Swiss air travel will return to pre-COVID levels and continue its rise thereafter. We estimate that the planned air ticket tax in the revised CO2 Act would reduce future Swiss air travel demand in the future, by incentivising substitution behaviour away from air travel.

March 16, 2021 | Documents

Saving the world from your couch:
The heterogeneous medium-run benefits of COVID-19 lockdowns on air pollution

E4S researchers and co-authors estimate the medium-run impact of a battery of COVID- 19 related lockdown measures on air quality across 162 countries. They find that domestic and international lockdown measures overall led to a substantial persistent decline in air pollution.

October 26, 2020 | Documents

25 years of VAT! And tomorrow: A Green VAT? The use of VAT as a climate tool

This article examines the extent to which VAT could be used as a tax incentive in the context of the fight against global warming.

March 12, 2020 | Documents

Policy brief: air ticket tax

Introducing an Airline Ticket Tax in Switzerland: Estimated Effects on Demand