Sweden to make all laws follow its climate targets

Isabella Lövin, Swedish Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister announced the climate plan at a press conference. Photo taken in Avesta on August 18, 2018. (Jessica Gow/AFP/Getty Images)
The government has presented Sweden’s first ever ‘climate policy action plan’ which describes how they will work over the next four years to reach Sweden’s climate targets.

At a press conference on Tuesday, the minister for environment, Isabella Lövin, said she was relieved to now have a climate plan that covers all policy areas.

“It is not only my responsibility (as environment minister) to make sure that we reduce the emissions, but it is something the whole of the government needs to do, and the whole society,” she said.

Some of the measures in the plan are really broad, like a review of all legislation to ensure that it is in line with the climate plans and a new set of rules to ensure that the climate consequences of any new policy is analysed before it is adopted.

The plan is a result of negotiations between the Social Democrat and Green government, and its co-operating partners, the Liberal and Center parties.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Gwich’in Tribal Council deputy chief from Canada shares frustration from COP25 conference, CBC News

Finland: Finland ‘disappointed’ by COP25 failure, Yle News

Greenland: Greenlanders stay chill as the world reacts to their heatwave, CBC News

Iceland: Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry calls for climate action at Arctic Circle assembly, The Independent Barents Observer

Norway: Norway considers size limitation on passenger ships sailing to Svalbard, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Warm winter expected across the Arctic, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: ‘This is positive’: global carbon emissions set to grow slowly in 2019, Radio Sweden

United States: Bering Sea region focus of recent papers on climate risk to northern communities, Eye on the Arctic

Ulla Engberg, Radio Sweden

Ulla Engberg, Radio Sweden

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