Sweden submits long-term climate strategy to UN
Sweden has submitted its long-term climate strategy to the UN. The strategy is part of Sweden’s work under the Paris Agreement and contains ambitious emission targets and measures that will drive climate transition in Sweden in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The overarching objective of the Paris Agreement is to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, and preferably below 1.5 degrees Celsius. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes are required in all aspects of society. All countries are encouraged to submit long-term climate strategies in 2020 for achieving these changes. The strategies can then guide the countries’ continued work under the Agreement.
“Sweden was one of the first countries in the world to adopt a net-zero emissions target, and the strategy reflects this very ambitious target. In this way we’re also demonstrating international leadership and showing other countries that transition is possible,” says Minister for Environment and Climate Isabella Lövin.
The strategy is based on the climate policy framework with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2045 and negative net emissions thereafter. To ensure that Sweden achieves this goal, several interim goals have been set. The strategy summarises the national measures taken in different sectors, including industry, transport, agriculture and energy.
Developing countries are often the hardest hit by climate change. Sweden’s national measures are complemented with support to help these countries tackle climate change and drive the climate transition in these countries. Sweden is currently one of the world’s largest climate donors in the and Swedish companies offer competitive solutions that can contribute to the transition in other countries.
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The parties to the Paris Agreement are invited to present and submit their national long-term climate strategies (LTS) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat in 2020. Sweden’s long-term climate goal is to achieve net-zero emissions by 2045, and negative emissions thereafter. It is up to the parties to the Paris Agreement to decide how these strategies should be formulated and what they should contain, in contrast to the more regulated mandatory National Determined Contributions (NDCs).
The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international agreement. Sweden ratified the Paris Agreement in October 2016. On 6 March this year, the EU presented its long-term climate strategy that states that the EU will be climate-neutral by 2050. To date, 19 parties and the EU have presented long-term climate strategies.