Sweden’s cars pollute more than previously thought

Traffic in Stockholm, Sweden in November 2005. New, more stringent emissions tests show Sweden’s cars are emitting more CO2 than previously thought. (Sven Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
Those looking to buy a new car next year can expect it to cost more, because new, more stringent emissions tests show cars are emitting more carbon-dioxide than was previously estimated.

Sweden has a system whereby cars with higher CO2 emissions cost more, and the cleaner cars cost less, to get the market to move towards a transport system that damages the climate less.

The average price increase per car will be SEK 2,600, reaching as much as SEK 10,000 more.

And even some of the cars that used to be associated with a bonus, because they were so “green” are now found to have much higher emissions with this new system, meaning they also will be part of the penalty tax.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Town in Canadian central Arctic to get hybrid solar-diesel power plant, CBC News

Finland: Finnair admits carbon offset sales pitch ‘misleading’ as its emissions rise, Yle News

Norway: Arctic Norway to get advanced EV charging network, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Arctic flights save time, but fuel climate change, Cryopolitics Blog

Sweden: Comparing emissions taxes for planes and cars, Radio Sweden

United States: Environmental groups call for global moratorium on ‘emissions cheat’ systems on ships, Eye on the Arctic

Olof Wijnbladh, Radio Sweden

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