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Climate and clean air strategy for Sweden set

Staff writer ▼ | July 2, 2016
There is broad parliamentary support in Sweden for the proposals on climate goals, strategies and measures.
Ecology   Future climate policy regardless of the government
"In the climate strategy proposal, six of the Riksdag parties have agreed on a long-term orientation of the policy. This sends a clear signal to all actors in society.

The proposals now presented by the Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives will most likely become the backbone of Sweden's future climate policy – regardless of the government," comments Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives Former Chair Anders Wijkman.

The proposal means that Sweden is to have net zero emissions by no later than 2045, of which emissions reduction in Sweden is to account for at least 85 percent. Two intermediate targets are proposed – 63 percent reduction by 2030 and 75 percent reduction by 2040.

Flexibility has been built into the targets, in that it will be possible for a maximum of 8 percent of reductions by 2030 to take place through supplementary measures, for instance emissions credits in other countries or more carbon sinks in forestry or agriculture.

In addition, the Committee proposes a goal for emissions reduction in domestic transport of at least 70 percent by 2030.

The goal for the transport sector is ambitious and requires a combination of rapid electrification, a major expansion of climate-smart fuels, transfer of goods transport to railways and shipping, and measures in urban areas to favour public transport, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

The report comprises a number of proposals in areas such as urban planning, housing and construction, agriculture and foodstuffs, industrial policy and management of energy and materials.

The report also contains proposals for a cohesive strategy for a Swedish clean air policy.