New report criticises Sweden’s climate policies

Activists hold placards during “Fridays for future” demonstration, a worldwide climate strike against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution in Stockholm on September 27, 2019. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
Sweden’s climate policy must focus more on really reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than on ‘cleaning its own backyard’. The claim by a group of economists and climate scientists features in a new report on behalf of the Swedish Centre for Business and Policy Studies.

Just a tenth of a percent of emissions worldwide come from Sweden but the climate problem is global. What matters is what emissions are done worldwide, not where they are done. So we think the level of ambition must be much higher than just affecting this small percent we are responsible for within Swedish borders.John Hassler, one of the report's authors and professor of economics at Stockholm University to Radio Sweden

The report also says that a rapid transition to electric cars in Sweden could reduce the possibility of exporting fossil-free electricity to EU countries, such as, Poland and Germany, which would lead to a greater increase in emissions there.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: International Inuit leaders demand decisive action on climate change amidst COP25 breakdown, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin stresses climate action in New Year message, 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: Russian climate report stresses adaptation but no reduction in fossil fuel extraction, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Sweden to make all laws follow its climate targets, Radio Sweden

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

David Russell, Radio Sweden

David Russell, Radio Sweden

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