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Swedish government proposes historical Climate Act with zero greenhouse gas emissions target

The Swedish government has proposed new climate legislation to create a policy framework enabling an ambitious, long-term and stable climate policy. Also announced was a long-term climate target to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

The Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven and Climate Minister Isabella Lövin presented today climate legislation reform proposals designed to deliver on a cross-party agreement from 2016 to achieve net zero net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045. If adopted by Parliament in March, the new Climate Act could enter into force in 2018.

– The Climate Act is historic and represents an epochal shift for Sweden. Just as we must have order in our fiscal policy, we need order in climate policy. This is the most important reform that our generation of politicians will do for Sweden’s young people, our children and grandchildren. Sweden will be one of the world’s first fossil-free welfare countries, said PM Löfven

The proposed Climate Act would require each future Swedish government to develop an action plan for climate policy for their term of office and provide an annual progress report to Parliament.

– This marks the end of arbitrariness in climate politics. The fact that a large majority of the parliament is behind the framework provides sustainability and stability, which is exactly what climate policy needs. The switch provides huge opportunities in terms of jobs, better health and competitiveness, said Minister Lövin.

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