Sweden strengthens climate ambitions

Government unveils plan for yet tougher national emission target, new supporting measures

The Swedish government yesterday unveiled draft legislation further strengthening its commitment to cut greenhouse gases beyond levels required under the Kyoto protocol and introducing new measures to achieve this. Several of the measures were announced in this autumn's draft budget statement (EED 21/09/01).

Sweden will now aim for a 4% cut in emissions between 1990 and 2008-12, the government said, whereas it had previously been aiming for minus 2%. Its legal commitment under the Kyoto protocol is only to limit any increase in emissions to 4% above 1990 levels.

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