Sweden will need bold actions to reach climate targets

To reach its climate targets, Sweden will need strong political leadership at the national and EU levels. (Darryl Dyck/Associated Press)
Sweden can meet its targets of cutting its greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045, but it’ll require strong political leadership, according a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Swedish parliament adopted the climate political framework, which includes a law that says the government should present an action plan to parliament every four years, for how the climate targets should be reached.

The first such plan is due this year, and last Friday, the expert authority, the Environmental Protection Agency, presented its advice to the government on what the plan needs to include.

The top priority should be to move the transport sector and the industry from fossil fuels into electricity. But a strategy to store carbon emissions will also be important to reach all the way.

Stefan Nyström, head of the climate department at the National Agency for Environmental Protection, tells Radio Sweden that he thinks the political will is there, but that a lot needs to happen in a short time.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: The Arctic ‘locked-in’ for 3 to 5 °C temperature rise, UN report warns, Radio Canada International

Finland: Finnish PM demands faster climate action at European Parliament, Yle News

Norway: Norway expands Arctic drilling while promising emissions cuts, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Russia’s quest for Arctic resources unhindered by climate crisis, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Thousands in Sweden join Greta Thunberg for worldwide climate strike, Radio Sweden

United States: Carnival Corporation ships switch to cleaner fuel on Arctic cruises, Radio Canada International

Ulla Engberg, Radio Sweden

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