Sweden Expands Climate Goals

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    Stockholm (NordSIP) – On Thursday, April 7th, Sweden’s “Miljömålsberedningen (a cross-parliamentary Environmental Target Committee), consisting of all eight parliamentary parties in Sweden, officially presented their proposal on how the climate impact caused by Sweden’s consumption should be reduced. If adopted, the proposals will make Sweden the first country in the world to set a target to reduce consumption-based emissions. According to a new agreement between all political parties, emissions created abroad due to Sweden’s consumption will be included in the nation’s total climate target.

    Climate policy needs a long-term perspective in order for the necessary changes to take place. Therefore, it is very positive that all parliamentary parties are behind these world-unique and ambitious proposals, says Minister of Climate and Environment Annika Strandhäll (Pictured, right).

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    The two headline goals that the Environmental Objectives Committee proposes in its interim report to the Government are focus on the inclusion of targets for the climate impact of exports and targets for the climate impact of consumption, including a long-term goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2045.

    The Committee also announced another three targets, including the inclusion of international and domestic aviation, and for emissions from publicly procured goods and services to decrease faster than emissions from society in general.

    “No less than 60% of Sweden’s emissions are created abroad. So far, these emissions have remained invisible in the Swedish climate statistics. Their inclusion in Sweden’s emission targets is historical and something that The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, among many other organisations, have worked towards for a long time. We welcome that the politicians finally reached an agreement, even though we hoped for an even more ambitious target,” says Karin Lexén, Secretary General of The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. 

    Lexén fears the target will be hard to fulfil unless the politicians shortly present policy instruments on how it will be achieved. “It’s essential that our politicians stay on course with the climate work and steer away from a dependency of fossil fuels. According to our survey, nine out of ten Swedes want to stop the import of gas and oil from Russia, but the Parliament hasn’t made such a decision yet. This kind of political inaction risks making the new climate target no more than a paper product,” Lexén concludes.

    The proposal was supposed to be presented to the Parliament January 31 this year, but the negotiations were prolonged regarding whether the positive climate impact from Sweden’s export should be paired up and equalised with the consumption-based emissions or not, according to The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.


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