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Transport sector transitioning for the climate

Sweden’s ambition is to be the world’s first fossil-free welfare nation. Currently, the transport sector accounts for almost one-third of green house gas emissions in Sweden. It is the sector in Sweden with the best chances of quickly being able to transition to become fossil free. Therefore, it is vital that the transport sector shift. To achieve this, the entire transport sector must come together, and both the public and private sectors must do their share. The Swedish Government is taking strong action in many areas, which is crucial to ensure a sustainable future but also of benefit to Sweden’s competitiveness around the world.

  • Transport efficiency, Energy-efficient vehicles and ships and Sustainable renewable fuels

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    An electrification commission has been set up, led by the Minister for Infrastructure, which takes a holistic approach to electrification of the transport sector, all modes of transport. Photo: Pierre Henhammar/Government Offices of Sweden

    The National parliament has decided to reduce green house gas emissions from domestic transport (aviation excluded) by 70% by 2030 at the latest compared to 2010. The government concludes that the general national objective of zero emissions 2045 means that green house gas emissions from several sectors, including transport, in principle need to be zero by 2045. To succeed Sweden work for a rapid electrification of the transport system and a transition to sustainable renewable fuels, along with increased transport efficiency. In a transport efficient society, the most suitable mode of transport is used for every specific transport, each mode of transport is used as efficiently as possible, and unnecessary transports are avoided.