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Sweden failing to meet climate target, according to Climate Policy Council

The Swedish Climate Policy Council released its first annual report on 21st March, 2019.

 

Despite a 26% reduction in greenhouse gasses since 1990, Sweden is on course to miss its target of net-zero emissions by 2045. These findings were released by the Climate Policy Council during the launch of their first annual climate report this month.

Sweden, a signatory of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, is one of the world's leading countries in combatting climate change. In an effort to meet its environmental challenges, the government recently passed the 2017 Climate Act. This legislation was aimed at improving the country’s transition to a carbon neutral society in 2045 by creating a “climate change” framework for businesses and the public. The government was also tasked with reporting to parliament all climate policy decisions and actions from the previous year, detailing how these actions had impacted emissions.

However, according to the Climate Policy Council 2019 Report, this hasn't been the case. The first government "climate assessment" presented to parliament failed to provide any detailed information on how the government's recent climate policy decisions may have affected emissions in the country.

This news comes at a time when the country's reduction in carbon emissions is actually slowing. With emissions decreasing by less than 1% for the last three consecutive years, Sweden will struggle to meet its long term commitments. According to the report "the rate of reduction would need to accelerate to between 5% and 8% each year to meet future targets."

Åsa Löfgren, a CeCAR researcher and member of the Climate Policy Council, is concerned by these recent findings: "Our mission is to determine whether or not Sweden is on track to reach the 2045 net-zero emissions climate target and specifically if the Swedish government has implemented policies that are compatible with this target. We have concluded that the current policy landscape will not support the necessary societal transition required to reach the 2045 target, and that further political action is needed immediately. While we accept that this is a challenging task, there are ways the government can begin to support this transition and we have outlined 16 recommendations in our report that we believe are important steps to take. Later this year the government will present a more detailed strategy for the coming three years and we look forward to carefully reviewing this plan."

In addition to outlining Sweden’s carbon emission problem, the detailed 88-page report provides broad recommendations on improving leadership, governance, and general and cross-sectoral policy instruments aimed at laying "the foundation for fruitful, cost-effective policies that enable stakeholders to develop the best low-emission solutions."

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Åsa Löfgren

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Associate Professor
Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg

asa.lofgren@economics.gu.se
031-786 1375

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