Swedish minister signals policy shift

Environment minister downplays "market-driven approach"; calls for "political solutions"

Lena Sommestad, Sweden's new environment minister, has called for a return to "political solutions in environmental policy", Dagens Nyheter newspaper reports today. While conceding that a market-driven approach - as exemplified by trading systems for greenhouse gas quotas - can be effective, Ms Sommestad argues that it works best "when you want to prevent something".

"If you want to create a good environment - clean water, clean air and good public health, for example - market solutions are inadequate," she adds. According to Ms Sommestad, sustainable policies presuppose "comprehensive social reforms of the type previously implemented by the Social Democrats".

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