Sweden unveils 'ambitious' clean energy strategy

Mar 11, 2009
Sweden's government presented what it described as Europe's "most ambitious" strategy to improve energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions. "As the first industrialised country, we are presenting a concrete plan towards becoming independent of fossil fuels and reducing emissions to a level that the climate requires," Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren, seen here in 2008, said.

Sweden's government on Wednesday presented what it described as Europe's "most ambitious" strategy to improve energy efficiency and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

"As the first industrialised country, we are presenting a concrete plan towards becoming independent of and reducing emissions to a level that the climate requires," Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren said.

The government said it now aims by 2020 for renewable to comprise 50 percent of all energy produced, for the Swedish car fleet to be independent of fossil fuels 10 years later and for the country to be carbon neutral by 2050.

"The proposal we are presenting is as a whole the most ambitious climate and presented by any European country," the statement said.

The centre-right coalition said it would among other things hike taxes on cars related to carbon dioxide emissions, reduce taxes on clean-fuel cars and increase investments in carbon offset projects in developing countries.

The government will double its annual contribution to energy efficiency measures to 300 million kronor (27 million euros, 34 million dollars) between 2010 and 2014.

The targets presented Wednesday were bolder than those set last year when the European Commission presented individual targets for reducing CO2 emissions for each of the 27 members, handing Sweden one of the heaviest burdens in its aim to cut the EU's overall emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels by 2020.

Sweden, which now plans to slash its by 40 percent from its 1990 levels within the next 11 years, was asked to cut CO2 output by just 17 percent.

"We are now raising our ambition level and increasing our pace," Carlgren said, adding that "Swedish businesses can become world leaders in the transformation of transportation and housing."

Sweden, which will take over the EU presidency in July, wants to secure its leadership on the issue ahead of the signing of a new global pact on climate change in Copenhagen in December, he said.

(c) 2009 AFP

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Husky
2 / 5 (1) Mar 11, 2009
green like in green money earning ambitions, but thumbs up, thumbs for them to do the bold move
GrayMouser
not rated yet Mar 11, 2009
Sweden generates 45% of their power from hydro. It's a heck of a lot easier for them to add more dams than other countries. And what they can't get from hydro can come from nuclear power...
Soylent
5 / 5 (2) Mar 11, 2009
Sweden generates 45% of their power from hydro. It's a heck of a lot easier for them to add more dams than other countries.


No. All the good locations for big hydro electric dams are tapped. There's a decent amount left to wring out, but it would be as many small facillities rather than big ones and it would not be particularly attractive economically.

And what they can't get from hydro can come from nuclear power...


Our current plan is to slowly shut down one reactor at a time and uprate the remaining reactors to more than make up for the lost capacity. It's a bizzare spectacle but luckily it appears to be comming to an end as the phase out sillyness is being reconsidered.

Hopefully the "renewable" targets will not be met in desperation by destroying other power sources to make the renewable slice of the pie bigger(provided almost exclusively by hydro power).