Government proposes faster pace for climate efforts
The pace of climate efforts needs to speed up if Sweden is to meet its climate objectives. The Government is therefore proposing increased investments for the climate transition of the industrial and transport sectors. The Budget Bill builds on an agreement between the Government, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.
Green Industry Leap
The Green Industry Leap supports the industrial sector’s transition to zero emissions through technological advances. This is a necessity if Sweden is to achieve the goal of net zero emissions by 2045. To support the industrial sector’s transition away from fossil fuels, the Government is proposing a further strengthening of the Green Industry Leap compared with 2019. It represents a doubling of the appropriation compared with 2018, from SEK 300 million in 2018 to SEK 600 million in 2020.
“Sweden has a unique opportunity to be a climate forerunner with a green and successful industrial sector that inspires others to follow suit. And we should seize that opportunity. Through the Green Industry Leap we are taking the lead and showing the way to becoming the world’s first fossil-free welfare nation, a path that other countries are inspired by,” says Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin.
The Climate Leap
The Climate Leap is a local investment programme that has contributed funds to more than 3 200 projects throughout Sweden. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency expects it to lead to emission reductions equivalent to more than 1.45 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. The programme is important for creating significant emission reductions in all sectors of society and complements other policy instruments such as the carbon dioxide tax. The Government is proposing that the appropriation for climate investments be increased by SEK 1.16 billion, which means it will amount to almost SEK 2 billion for 2020.
New climate premium for electric lorries
To achieve the goal of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from domestic transport (except aviation) by at least 70 per cent by 2030, compared with 2010 levels, a comprehensive and rapid transition of the vehicle fleet to low-emission vehicles is required. Electrification is an important part of these efforts. The market introduction of electric vehicles is needed in several sectors.
“It is important that all branches are involved and contribute to the Swedish climate transition. By providing support for electrically powered mobile mechanised equipment in the agricultural sector, for example, we help the whole of society to transition to a fossil-free and climate-smart future,” says Ms Lövin.
This is why a new climate premium for electric lorries and electrically powered mobile mechanised equipment is proposed. It is proposed that the premium be combined with the previous electric bus premium, and that the combined appropriation for these climate premiums be increased by SEK 20 million for 2020 to a total of SEK 120 million.
“Sweden will be the world’s first fossil-free welfare nation. The climate premium for electric lorries is a great example of how this journey is possible. Because the whole transport sector needs to adjust and become climate-smart,” says Minister for Infrastructure Tomas Eneroth.
Goods transports at sea
In addition, the Government is also proposing that the eco-bonus scheme be extended, with SEK 50 million per year until 2022. The bonus is intended to hasten the shift of goods transports from roads to shipping.
Shortcut: Budget Bill for 2020
On 18 September the Government submitted its proposal for the central government budget to the Riksdag.