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Swiss Environmental Tax applicable to airline ticket sales ex Geneva & Zurich

Swiss Environmental Tax applicable to airline ticket sales ex Geneva & Zurich

Old Jul 13, 20, 9:03 am
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Swiss Environmental Tax applicable to airline ticket sales ex Geneva & Zurich

Environmental Tax in Switzerland applicable to Air Canada ticket sales ex Geneva & Zurich


The Swiss parliament has moved to impose an environmental tax on airline tickets, as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
June 10, 2020 - 17:12

The overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives on Wednesday approved a proposal for a levy of between CHF30 and CHF120 ($32 and $126) per ticket for flights departing Switzerland.
The tax is expected to generate revenues of about CHF500 million a year. Half of this amount is to be refunded to Swiss citizens, according to a legal amendment under discussion in parliament.
Most parties supported the proposal, arguing it could help to reduce air travel, while the right-wing Swiss People’s Party unanimously came out against it, saying airlines would have to bear the brunt of the costs.
The Senate approved the proposal last September during an ongoing debate on a reform of the country’s CO2 law.
For its part, the House initially rejected the proposal in December 2018, but a majority of the centre-right Radical Party had a change of heart and agreed with supporters of the tax on the left.
Environment Minister Simonetta Sommaruga argued it was in Switzerland’s interest to join other European countries in levying an environmental surcharge. She said all transport sectors must contribute to the fight against climate change.
In a first reaction, environmental organisations welcomed the decision by parliament but called for higher taxes.
The legal amendment also includes a tax on fuel imports as well as the creation of a climate fund.
The number of Swiss airplane passengers has increased significantly over the past decade, according to official figures.
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Old Jul 13, 20, 9:34 am
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As this tax applies to all airline tickets and not just Air Canada it's been relocated to the Carbon Conscious Travel forum for further discussion.

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Old Jul 13, 20, 11:05 am
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I'd be more into this if the other half of the tax revenue was dedicated to environmental benefit programs like carbon offsets and better carbon capture & reduction research. Maybe it's my skeptical American view of Government, since ours screws things like this up so often, but trying to reduce something by pricing it out of the public's hands is a less appealing proposal instead of trying to make it better for everyone including the environment.

The 50% refunded to Swiss citizens is ~$60 per person so they get a free decent dinner out for free a year.. not exactly a huge benefit for the public but a way to buy support or at least silence opposition.
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