Swedes to prioritise energy efficiency

Joint governmental agency strategy on energy and transport identifies increased efficiency as "the highest priority"

A general improvement in energy efficiency is the "highest priority" identified in a new energy and transport strategy drawn up by six Swedish government agencies. Energy efficiency is "cost-effective and has positive impacts on all [environmental] objectives, except perhaps noise", say the agencies. The strategy contains 50 proposals for new or modified policies, including kilometre charging for freight transport and promoting wind energy. Achieving the goals could create slightly more jobs but "may have an adverse impact on competitiveness in some sectors", a related impact assessment says. See press release and strategy (in Swedish).

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