New climate law will bring Sweden closer to zero emissions

On Thursday Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (S) and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin (MP) presented the government’s proposal for Sweden’s new climate law, which is meant to decrease emissions in Sweden by 85 percent by 2045, compared with 1990 levels. During the press briefing, Stefan Löfven called it “a reform which possibly will become the most important that our time’s politicians will implement for Sweden”. Policies will focus on greening the transport sector, giving a boost to electric cars and biofuels. Sweden already gets more than four fifths of its electricity from hydropower and nuclear. “The switch provides huge opportunities in terms of jobs, better health and competitiveness,” said Ms Lövin, according to Climate Change News.

The proposal means that the government will produce an action plan for the climate policy before every term of office and be forced to climate report to the Riksdag. The government also wants to appoint a climate policy committee. The new reform is intended to come into effect on 1 January 2018.

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Jenny is a journalist at Mundus News and a contributor to the Monthly Policy Review. As well as writing for Mundus, Jenny currently works with press and culture at the Embassy of India. She has a keen interest in international relations and politics. Jenny has a degree in business administration and marketing from Nackademin and has previously worked in asset management for emerging markets.