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Swedish greenhouse gases stable in 2002

Swedish greenhouse gas emissions were stable in 2002 at 3.5% below the Kyoto protocol 1990 baseline year, the environment ministry reported on Wednesday. This is well below the country's official commitment of +4% by 2008-12, and close to the government's unilateral target of -4%. Environment minister Lena Sommestad highlighted a cumulative 38% fall in domestic heating emissions since 1990 as vindication for the government's carbon tax, which has radically cut use of oil in favour of other sources including biofuels. Transport emissions rose constantly to 2002 despite the tax. See press release.

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