Carbon offset for fuels
Organisation and basics
A key instrument of Swiss climate policy
About the KliK Foundation
The Swiss Foundation for Climate Protection and Carbon Offset KliK is a private organisation under the Swiss CO₂ Act, serving a public interest. It was established in 2012 by the Swiss Petroleum Association (now Avenergy Suisse) to fulfil the legal obligation of Swiss motor fuel importers to offset part of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the Swiss transport sector by means of funding, support, planning and implementation of carbon offset schemes in Switzerland and abroad.
To this end, the KliK Foundation supports activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Switzerland. Since 2022, it has been able to support mitigation activities in countries that have signed a bilateral climate agreement with Switzerland under Article 6.2 of the Paris Agreement.
Financial support is provided through the purchase of emission reduction certificates resulting from greenhouse gas mitigation activities. The Foundation submits these to the Swiss Confederation so that they can be counted towards Switzerland's climate target. In the current decade, the KliK Foundation expects to achieve emission reductions of 40 million tonnes of CO₂, almost half of which will be in Switzerland.
The following video explains how the mandatory carbon offsetting of fuels works.