Update from the world of politics

8 April 2024

25.03.2024 - The revision of the CO2-law in Switzerland has been finalised. The details of the law are as follows: Draft by the Drafting Committee for the final vote (parlament.ch)

The most important facts in brief

  • The tax exemption for renewable fuels in accordance with the Swiss standard remains in place.
  • Mass-balanced biofuels are now also to be included in the CO2-reduction can be taken into account. Mass-balanced fuels are subject to mineral oil tax.
  • A transfer obligation for renewable fuels was rejected for cost reasons.
  • The offsetting obligation for mineral oil importers remains in place. The proportion of domestic offsetting and therefore the significance of biofuels in Switzerland is still unclear.
  • A technology-differentiated HVF discount is not offered as part of the CO2-The revision of the SVAG is currently underway. The revision of the SVAG is currently underway, in which we are incorporating the concerns of the industry.

Synthetic fuels

Importers and manufacturers of vehicles can apply for the CO2-reduction achieved through the use of renewable synthetic fuels in the calculation of CO2-emissions of their new vehicle fleet. To this end, they must provide evidence showing the quantity of such fuels that are contractually allocated to them by which distributor. These synthetic fuels must fulfil the requirements of Article 35d of the EPA.

Looking beyond the borders

In Germany, it has now been confirmed that the products HVO100, pure paraffinic fuel, and B10, diesel with up to 10 % biodiesel, may be sold at filling stations from 13 April 2024. However, B7 is now a protected fuel - so if B10 or paraffinic diesel is available at the petrol station, B7 must also be offered.

Source: www.parlament.ch March 2024

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