Swiss climate experts propose personal CO2 budget

Posted: September 5, 2021 by oldbrew in Accountability, climate, Emissions, government, net zero
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Known in the UK as Tradable Energy Quotas (TEQs), this idea dates back to at least 2004. This is where ’emissions’ obsession can lead. Even your sausage buying would have to be recorded.
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Swiss climate experts propose the introduction of an individual CO2 budget so Switzerland can reach its goal of “net zero greenhouse gas emissions” by 2050, says Swissinfo.

The radical proposal for Swiss climate policy was presented in the Sunday weekly newspapers Le Matin Dimanche and NZZ am Sonntag.

The central premise is that all goods would have two prices – one in Swiss francs and the other in CO2 emissions. This would factor the amount of CO2 released in everything from sausage making to short-haul flights.

Anyone who uses up their state-allocated credit too early would have to buy new emission rights.

This strategy would allow Switzerland to meet its climate goals in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement despite a “No” vote in a referendum on the government’s CO2 law in June, according to the climate experts.

The proposal was written by the Advisory Body on Climate Change on behalf of the Swiss government. Its members include climate researcher Thomas Stocker.

The paper is the final contribution by this Swiss expert body as Environment Minister Simonetta Sommaruga is allowing its mandate to expire.

Full article here.

  1. Chaswarnertoo says:

    They never question their own idiocy. Warmer is better, more CO2 grows more food. Plants love 1000ppm and humans cope with 10,000 ppm. All the fossil fuels burned will not get over 1000ppm.
    Glaciation would be the real climate disaster.

  2. ilma630 says:

    They would freely have to ban cash to make it work, but I suspect that’s part of the state-control agenda.

  3. oldbrew says:

    In the UK version at least, the quota goes down every year so you would have to use less energy and/or eat less meat, and so on as time goes by. Or, cough up for more credits.

    And it’s not just the Swiss…

    Journal Nature: COVID lockdowns are key to begin ‘personal carbon allowances’: ‘Restrictions on individuals…that were unthinkable only 1 year before’ have us ‘more prepared to accept tracking & limitations’ to ‘achieve a safer climate’
    Nature Sustainability: Authors argue COVID restrictions, smart meters & tracking apps can be used as a stepping stone for a personal carbon allowance. – Published: 16 August 16, 2021

    Personal carbon allowances revisited

    ‘Here we discuss how personal carbon allowances (PCAs) could play a role in achieving ambitious climate mitigation targets.’

    ‘We conclude that PCAs could be trialled in selected climate-conscious technologically advanced countries, mindful of potential issues around integration into the current policy mix, privacy concerns and distributional impacts.’

  4. stpaulchuck says:

    anything to generate more taxes and more bureaucracy, all for imaginary boogeyman of “catastrophic” global warming.

    We had that nice posting on Greenhouse Saturation that totally destroys the idiotic ‘runaway warming’ nonsense.

    I think I’ll sell my properties in Lake Tahoe. I was going with the flow as it were, expecting it to be beachfront property once the oceans flooded the planet. However… there is the ‘greater fool’ theory applied to investing in Noah’s Ark II properties, ha ha.

  5. Gamecock says:

    ‘Swiss climate experts propose the introduction of an individual CO2 budget’

    Climate experts straying from their area of expertise.

    ‘so Switzerland can reach its goal of “net zero greenhouse gas emissions” by 2050’

    Zero is zero. You will get NO BUDGET!

  6. Graeme No.3 says:

    The most important news is “The .. final contribution by this Swiss expert body as Environment Minister Simonetta Sommaruga is allowing its mandate to expire.”
    A swan song? A dead duck? The politicians don’t want to know about it. They noted the NO vote in the Referendum, and the likely adverse reaction by the public to this.
    They may even have noted that very few countries are actually reducing their CO2 emissions.

  7. Adam Gallon says:

    So the Swiss public said Non. Nein, No & the government is trying to ignore this.

  8. cognog2 says:

    This is Marxist thinking. Total control of the individual to toe the Party Line. The ultimate in Dictatorship.

  9. Phoenix44 says:

    So how do you work out whether a flight has x emissions per person or 5x? Because it depends on how many people are on a flight. Same for a train. Or a car. Oh and for goods that don’t sell very well.

    Stupidity always brings simplistic solutions to hugely complex problems and overly complex solutions to simple problems.

  10. oldbrew says:

    How many types of sausage are there? All with different CO2 ratings – what a joke 😆

  11. oldbrew says:

    Delingpole: Personal Carbon Allowances – Your Next Stop on the Road to Global Tyranny
    by JAMES DELINGPOLE 10 Sep 2021

    If you haven’t yet had enough creeping authoritarianism, stolen freedoms and encroaching One World Government tyranny, you are just going to LOVE Personal Carbon Allowances.

    Personal Carbon Allowances (PCAs) may be just the thing we need for our new ‘sustainable’ future as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. Or so claims a paper published in Nature Sustainability.

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