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Baum und AutosThis section contains SFAO audits related to transport and environmental issues.

Audit Implementation of measures to reduce micropollutants in wastewater - Federal Office for the Environment

At the beginning of 2016, amendments to the Waters Protection Act came into force, enacting regulations to reduce micropollutants in wastewater. The impurities include a large number of harmful trace substances which come from medicines or anti-corrosives, for example. These could not be sufficiently eliminated with sewage treatment plants' previous purification procedures. A federal levy was introduced to finance the investments of around CHF 1.4 billion required for additional purification. It is levied on all Swiss wastewater treatment plants and refunded as a subsidy to the plants to be upgraded. 75% of the eligible upgrading costs are covered.

Audit number: 18261

Audit Supervision of ordering regional passenger transport - Federal Office of Transport

The Confederation and the cantons jointly order regional passenger transportation. Regional passenger transport is not financially self-sustaining and the two purchasers each pay one billion Swiss francs per year for transport companies' uncovered planned costs throughout Switzerland.

Audit number: 18171

Audit Cross-section audit of the railways' procurement of rolling stock - Federal Office of Transport, Swiss Federal Railways, Schweizerische Südostbahn AG and Transports Publics Neuchâtelois SA

In 2018, the Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) audited the procurement of rolling stock for the first time. Between 2006 and 2017, the Federal Office of Transport (FOT) approved 36 such procurements in the standard gauge area of regional passenger transportation. Stadler Rail AG delivered its FLIRT product (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train) in two thirds of these projects, with an order volume of approximately CHF 2 billion.

Audit number: 17484