Sweden’s greenhouse gas emissions rise

Image: svergiesradio.seSweden’s greenhouse gas emissions increased in 2010 by 11 percent on the year previously, shows figures from the Swedish Environment Protection Agency.

Lars Westermark at the agency told Swedish Radio News that there are several reasons for the increase.

“The most important explanation is that the economy improved and industrial production and transport increased,” Westermark said.

“Another reason which is also important is that it was a cold winter and nuclear power was not at full capacity,”

66.2 million tons of greenhouse gases were released in 2010 compared to 59.7 the year before.

Compared to 1990, the total emissions have lowered by between 7 and 11 percent.

Sweden has a climte goal of lowering emissions by 40 percent upto 2020. Sweden is still doing well when compared to other countries in the EU.

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