Tax relief for alternative fuels until the end of 2023

9 December 2019

On Monday, the National Council tacitly followed the Council of States and finalised the bill for the final vote.

Tax relief will continue to be granted on natural gas, liquid gas and biogenic fuels until the end of 2023. This was decided by Parliament.

On Monday, the National Council tacitly followed the Council of States and finalised the bill for the final vote. The Council of States had not wanted to maintain the tax relief only until the end of 2021, as initially proposed by the National Council's Environment Committee.

The subsidisation of environmentally friendly fuels expires at the end of June 2020. It is to be continued in a different form. However, the completely revised CO2 Act - which is still being debated in Parliament - is unlikely to come into force in time.

Like the Council of States, the National Council has now also spoken out in favour of extending the current rules until 2023: tax relief is to continue to be granted on natural gas, liquid gas and biogenic fuels.

According to the Council of States, the extension should give parliament and the industry enough time for the new regulation. A week ago, the small chamber decided not to extend the current climate instruments and to strengthen them in such a way that Switzerland would continue on its current path.

The Council of States Environment Committee and minorities in the National Council had wanted such a "climate law light" as a transitional solution until the CO2 Act came into force. They wanted to ensure that Switzerland would remain on the reduction path even if the deliberations on the completely revised CO2 Act were delayed.

However, at the request of a minority, the Council of States then reduced the bill to what it was originally about: tax breaks for environmentally friendly fuels, which have been granted since July 2008.

Source: sda, 09.12.2019

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