Swedish opposition details climate promises ahead of September elections

The Swedish Alliance has put forward 15 measures to reduce emissions, including building on the current government bonus system for people who purchase low-emission vehicles. (David McNew/AFP/Getty Images)
Sweden’s opposition centre-right Alliance said on Tuesday that it puts “results” ahead of “symbolic actions” when it comes to fighting climate change.

The four party leaders making up the opposition centre-right Alliance, put forward 15 measures for reducing emissions as part of a collective climate package to take to the electorate.

The Alliance parties want to build on today’s government bonus system for people who buy low-emission vehicles. They also want to scrap the newly introduced aviation tax and instead impose mandatory requirements on the aviation industry to explore the development of renewable fuels.

They said investments in new technology, innovation and entrepreneurship was the way forward in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Swedish Democrats focus on international investments, nuclear reactors

The opposition Sweden Democrats also presented their pre-election environment policies which include an increase in the state’s funding for international climate investments in the Clean Development Mechanism, with SEK 500 million.

The party also wants the state-owned power company Vattenfall to be ordered to maintain the Ringhals 1 and 2 nuclear reactors beyond 2020.

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