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The Swedish #climate law is the most ambitious climate law in the world.
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The Swedish #climate law is the most ambitious climate law in the world.
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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

River flowing in a gorge

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.

By Rianne Lachmeijer

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