Sweden's environment minister has threatened higher vehicle and fuel taxes in the wake of news that national greenhouse gas emissions rose in 2003 for the fourth year running. Sweden's emissions have now returned virtually to their 1990 level after being 3.8% lower only in 2002. The government is committed to achieving -4% in the period 2008-12, though its official Kyoto protocol limit is +4%. High energy demand due to a cold year was the main culprit for the rise in 2003 emissions, according to the official report. See report.
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