A referendum in Switzerland saw voters reject government’s plans for a car fuel levy and a tax on air.
Switzerland’s policy on fighting climate change was thrown into doubt after voters rejected key measures in a popular vote.
The measures were built to help Switzerland meet targets under the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Many voters appear to have worried about the impact on the economy as the country tries to recover from Covid-19.
Opponents also pointed out that Switzerland is responsible for only 0.1% of global emissions, and expressed doubts that such policies would help the environment.
The vote, under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, went 51% against, 49%.
The Swiss government wants to bring emissions down to half of 1990 levels by 2030.
Two more national votes on environmental issues were also defeated, though the results were expected.
The no-vote to limiting emissions is a huge shock. The Swiss government drafted this law carefully. The plan: to cut greenhouse gases to half their 1990 levels by 2030, using a combination of more renewables and taxes on fossil fuels.