Sweden’s Social Democrats make forest investment pledge

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Sweden's social democrats say investing in the country's forestry industry could help reduce carbon emissions through biofuels. (iStock)
Sweden’s social democrats say investing in the country’s forestry industry could help reduce carbon emissions through biofuels. (iStock)
The opposition Social Democrats want to spend more on developing Sweden’s forestry industry, party leader Stefan Löfven announced today.

In a new pre-election pledge he says he hopes that through making the most of this country’s natural resources by investing SEK one billion in the industry, over 25,000 new jobs will be created and new ways to reduce the country’s carbon emissions through biofuels will also be found. “The forests are our green gold”, he said.

“We believe in more construction using timber, we believe in biofuels, and we want to se 25,000 new jobs in the forestry industry and we see that the the forests are growing quicker than we use them today. The forests can be found across the country, jobs can be found across the country. We want to reduce carbon emissions and break our dependence on oil”, Löfven told Swedish Television at a press conference.

More than half of Sweden is covered by forests and woods.

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