Sweden takes aim at fossil fuel-free future

Prime minister to head working group looking at ending all oil and coal use by 2020

Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson is to head a working group studying a proposed phase-out of fossil fuels in the country by 2020, Dagens Nyheter newspaper reports. 2020 is already Sweden's target date for achieving full environmental sustainability (EED 22/09/97).

The project will involve forging a consensus among regional authorities, agriculture and industry, Mr Persson told a press conference on Tuesday. "The commission will take the initiative... and perhaps carry out pilot projects", he added.

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