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The New Swiss Emissions Trading Scheme

July 2008 - Tax & Private Client. Legal Developments by Walder Wyss Ltd.

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The Swiss emissions trading scheme (Schweizer Emissionshandelssystem; “Swiss ETS”) was launched on 1 January 2008, allowing Swiss businesses exempt from the CO2-tax (CO2-Abgabe) and other Swiss and foreign participants to trade CO2 emission allowances (Emissionsrechte) on a national and international basis. In order to increase market liquidity, it is intended to link the Swiss ETS to the emissions trading scheme of the European Union (“EU ETS”), the world’s largest emissions trading scheme.

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