Power sector in 2030
Switzerland’s uniquely low carbon power sector relies heavily on nuclear and hydropower, which accounted for over 91% of total generation in 2019, with no coal and only very limited natural gas generation (1%). A continuation of historically high recent carbon prices in the EU emissions trading scheme – which Switzerland joined in 2020 – has the potential to incentivise gas phase out. Aligning with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C temperature goal would require government policy to ensure phase out by 2025.
Towards a fully decarbonised power sector
Phasing out of Switzerland’s limited natural gas electricity generation by 2025 would ensure the Swiss power sector aligns with Paris Agreement compatible pathways. Ensuring the emissions from bioenergy in the power sector are captured and stored would provide a source of negative emissions that could help to offset harder to abate emissions from other sectors like agriculture and industrial processes.