Proposals for new goals and measures for climate and air policy
The Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives has submitted its report to the Government. It contains proposals for several new goals for climate and air policy. In a previous interim report from February, a new climate policy framework and a climate act were proposed.
One of the new proposed climate goals is that emissions from domestic transport is to be reduced by 70 per cent by 2030 compared with the level in 2010. Previously, no quantified emissions targets for the transport sector had been set.
The Committee also proposes goals for emissions reductions in other areas: emissions outside the EU Emissions Trading System must be reduced by at least 75 per cent by 2040 compared with 1990.
The Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives proposes a strategy for a cohesive and long-term climate policy. The strategy covers transports, machinery, industry, housing, agriculture, forestry and other areas. Sweden's ambition to be a leader in climate adaptation should be an overarching objective for industrial and innovation policy.
"I am pleased that a broad majority of the Riksdag supports the report. Sweden is to be a leader in the work to realise the ambitious goals of the Paris climate agreement, and this requires a strategy with clear goals," says Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Isabella Lövin.
The Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives also includes a strategy for a coordinated clean air policy. In its report, the Committee proposes four new intermediate targets. The targets cover road traffic, small-scale wood burning, the import of air pollution from other countries and the commitments that follow from the NEC Directive. The Committee also provides concrete proposals for policy instruments and measures in each area.
"Air pollution in Sweden contributes to some 5 500 premature deaths each year and entails significant socioeconomic costs. The Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives' proposals can help manage specific challenges in the area of air quality and also reduce our climate impact," says Minister for the Environment Karolina Skog.