Swiss voters reject law to help meet Paris carbon emissions goal

ZURICH- Swiss voters rejected an environmental proposal aimed at helping the country meet its carbon emissions goal under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Switzerland has a system of direct democracy in which people decide on policy initiatives directly. 

They rejected a new C02 law that included an increased surcharge on car fuel and a levy on flight tickets.

Environment Minister Simonetta Sommaruga said the rejection means it is now “very difficult” for Switzerland to reach its 2030 goal of cutting carbon emissions to half of their 1990 levels and to become net neutral on emissions by 2050.

“Today’s no is not a no to climate protection, it is a no to the law on which we have voted,” Sommaruga told a news conference June 14.