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

Evaluation CO2 tax exemption for companies committed to reducing their emissions - Federal Office for the Environment and Swiss Federal Office of Energy

In Switzerland, a CO2 incentive tax is charged to businesses and households for their use of fuels for energy purposes. Companies in energy-intensive sectors can claim exemption from the tax if, in return, they undertake to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The aim of the exemption is to avoid a loss of international competitiveness and job losses in Switzerland, particularly in the manufacturing industry. By 2022, 1,233 plant operators had chosen this option. The Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) examined the operation and effectiveness of the reduction commitments since the entry into force of the CO2 Act in 2013.

Audit number: 22329

Audit Efficiency of financial supervision of railway infrastructure operators - Federal Office of Transport

Every year, around CHF 5 billion is invested in Switzerland's railway infrastructure. Throughout Switzerland, 35 infrastructure operators operate and maintain a network of around 5,300 kilometres. The Confederation provides the infrastructure operators with around CHF 3.5 billion per year for the uncovered planned operating and maintenance costs via the service level agreements (SLAs). The expansion projects require around CHF 1.5 billion per year and are ordered by the Confederation from the infrastructure operators via implementation agreements. Both ordering instruments are financed via the railway infrastructure fund (RIF).

Audit number: 23761

Preliminary assessment Effects of climate change on forestry management in the Jurassic arc region - Federal Office for the Environment

An exchange with the Regional Audit Office of Burgundy-Franche-Comté led the Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) to look at the effects of climate change on Swiss forestry management. At nearly CHF 663 million, the forestry programme agreement represents the largest federal contribution in the environmental area for the 2020 to 2024 period. The SFAO's assessment focused firstly on forests in the Jurassic arc region – which border on France – and then extended to cover national forestry policies and strategies.

Audit number: 23374