Climate 'victory': Swiss citizens vote in favour of new law to reach net zero emissions by 2050

A majority of voters in Switzerland rejected the opposition's framing of the Climate and Innovation Act as an ‘electricity sinkhole’.

The Swiss people have voted yes to a new climate law that will see the country cut net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

A majority of 59 per cent of voters approved the government’s Climate Protection Targets, Innovation and Strengthening Energy Security Act on 18 June.

Almost three-quarters of people (74 per cent) backed it in the canton of Geneva, following a record-breakingly hot spring for the wealthy European nation.

“The Swiss understood that the climate law is essential to take a first step and inscribe in Swiss law a clear objective for 2050,” said Green Party MP Céline Vara. “When you have a clear objective, you can then put in place the necessary measures.”

Speaking on the RTS TV channel yesterday, she expressed gratitude that people listened to the advice of experts, and not the “lies” posted through letterboxes by opponents.

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