Remit on a climate policy framework for Sweden

Published

The Government has instructed the Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives to examine how a climate policy framework for a long-term climate policy can be designed in broad political dialogue. The aim is to create stability and clarity while moving towards a long-term climate objective.

The framework is to provide the conditions for transparent and decisive management of climate efforts so that decisions in all policy areas lead towards the long-term objective. The framework is also to create the conditions for business sector participation and a favourable investment climate for green jobs. The Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives is to propose the structure, responsibilities and roles for implementation of the climate policy framework.

To achieve the climate objectives in an economically efficient manner, the framework is to create transparent and decisive management, and follow-up on the work. The framework is to highlight Sweden’s ambition to take the lead in climate adaptation.

The Committee’s remit includes proposing a new long-term climate objective for Sweden’s reduction of national emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, with an approximate emission pathway, and with other objectives that the Commission deems appropriate. To help Sweden achieve these climate objectives, the Committee is to submit proposals for a strategy with revised or new cost-effective and long-acting policy instruments and measures for different areas of society. The work previously carried out by the Climate Roadmap 2050 Inquiry has been taken over by the Cross-Party Committee on Environmental Objectives and will be included in the Committee’s work on a climate policy framework.

The Committee will also consider whether a climate change act should be introduced, i.e. a detailed set of rules and regulations for political decisions on emission reductions. The Government considers it very important that climate policy is characterised by a scientific and a long-term approach. The Committee is therefore to propose ways in which an independent expert body for quality assurance, such as a climate policy council, would be able to function.

The Committee is to present its report by 15 February 2016.