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The Swedish climate law the most ambitious in the world

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by: Hans van der Broek
the swedish climate law the most ambitious in the world

With the beginning of the new year (2018), the new climate law of Sweden was introduced. This law provides a framework that the country can follow in order to be climate neutral by 2045. Sweden is one of the first countries to set the climate approach by law.

Climate Act

Swedisch landscape with grass and a house in a valley

This Climate Act obliges Sweden to pursue climate policy that is based on objectives set by an independent committee, writes Business Green. The target is five years more ambitious than the original goal set by the country in the Climate Agreement.

"From now on it is illegal to give climate policy no priority"

"From now on it is illegal to give climate policy no priority," says Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation, in a written response. According to Lövin, the Swedish climate law is the most ambitious climate law in the world.

Climate in the budget

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In order to become climate-neutral, Sweden has to reduce its CO2 emissions by 85 percent up to 2045, compared to CO2 emissions in 1990. Every year, the country has to report on the progress in its budget. In addition, Sweden is expected to publish an action plan every four years in which the country indicates how it will meet its CO2 targets.
In June, the Swedish Parliament adopted the Climate Law with an overwhelming majority: 254 against 41. "Every country must actively demonstrate that it takes responsibility in the area of ​​climate change," said Lövin.
Meanwhile in Germany

While Sweden is fully committed to the climate, the German Conservative CDU / CSU of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats of the SPD have just given up their climate goals for 2020. They wanted to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990.
Now the parties want to focus on a climate target for 2030. In that year, CO2 emissions must have dropped by 55 percent compared to 1990. The government parties are still negotiating the priorities of the new government policy.

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The Swedish climate law the most ambitious in the world

With the beginning of the new year (2018), the new climate law of Sweden was introduced. This law provides a framework that the country can follow in order to be climate neutral by 2045. <span style="margin: 0px; word-spacing: 0px; z-index: auto; word-wrap: break-word; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" title="Zweden is een van de eerste landen die klimaataanpak wettelijk heeft vastgelegd. ">Sweden is one of the first countries to set the climate approach by law. <span style="margin: 0px; word-spacing: 0px; z-index: auto; word-wrap: break-word; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" title="Climate Act ">Climate Act This Climate Act obliges Sweden to pursue climate policy that is based on objectives set by an independent committee, writes Business Green. <span style="margin: 0px; word-spacing: 0px; z-index: auto; word-wrap: break-word; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" title="De doelstelling is vijf jaar ambitieuzer dan de originele doelstelling die het land heeft vastgesteld in het Klimaatakkoord. ">The target is five years more ambitious than the original goal set by the country in the Climate Agreement. <span style="margin: 0px; word-spacing: 0px; z-index: auto; word-wrap: break-word; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" title="&ldquo;Vanaf nu is het illegaal om klimaatbeleid geen prioriteit te geven&rdquo; "> "From now on it is illegal to give climate policy no priority" "From now on it is illegal to give climate policy no priority," says Isabella L&ouml;vin, Minister for International Development Cooperation, in a written response. <span style="margin: 0px; word-spacing: 0px; z-index: auto; word-wrap: break-word; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" title="Volgens L&ouml;vin is de Zweedse klimaatwet de meest ambitieuze klimaatwet ter wereld. ">According to L&ouml;vin, the Swedish climate law is the most ambitious climate law in the world. <span style="margin: 0px; word-spacing: 0px; z-index: auto; word-wrap: break-word; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" title="Klimaat in de begroting "> Climate in the budget In order to become climate-neutral, Sweden has to reduce its CO2 emissions by 85 percent up to 2045, compared to CO2 emissions in 1990. Every year, the country has to report on the progress in its budget. <span style="margin: 0px; word-spacing: 0px; z-index: auto; word-wrap: break-word; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" title="Daarnaast wordt Zweden geacht om elke vier jaar een actieplan te publiceren waarin het land aangeeft hoe het de CO2-doelstellingen gaat halen. ">In addition, Sweden is expected to publish an action plan every four years in which the country indicates how it will meet its CO2 targets. <span style="margin: 0px; word-spacing: 0px; z-index: auto; word-wrap: break-word; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" title="In juni nam het Zweedse parlement de Klimaatwet met een overweldigende meerderheid aan: 254 tegen 41. &ldquo;Elk land moet actief demonsteren dat het verantwoordelijkheid neemt op het gebied van klimaatverandering&rdquo;, stelde L&ouml;vin destijds. ">In June, the Swedish Parliament adopted the Climate Law with an overwhelming majority: 254 against 41. "Every country must actively demonstrate that it takes responsibility in the area of ​​climate change," said L&ouml;vin. <span style="margin: 0px; word-spacing: 0px; z-index: auto; word-wrap: break-word; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" title="Ondertussen in Duitsland "> Meanwhile in Germany While Sweden is fully committed to the climate, the German Conservative CDU / CSU of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Social Democrats of the SPD have just given up their climate goals for 2020. <span style="margin: 0px; word-spacing: 0px; z-index: auto; word-wrap: break-word; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" title="Zij wilden tegen 2020 de CO2-uitstoot met 40 procent hebben verlaagd ten opzichte van 1990. ">They wanted to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared to 1990. <span style="margin: 0px; word-spacing: 0px; z-index: auto; word-wrap: break-word; min-height: 0px; orphans: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;" title="Nu willen de partijen focussen op een klimaatdoel voor 2030. In dat jaar moet de CO2-uitstoot met 55 procent zijn gedaald ten opzichte van 1990. De regeringspartijen zijn nog in onderhandeling over de prioriteiten van het nieuwe regeringsbeleid. ">Now the parties want to focus on a climate target for 2030. In that year, CO2 emissions must have dropped by 55 percent compared to 1990. The government parties are still negotiating the priorities of the new government policy. By Rianne Lachmeijer