Swedish greenhouse gas emissions are declining substantially. In 2009, emissions fell by over 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalents, the largest reduction in any single year to date* . This means that Sweden's total emissions have now dropped by a total of around 17 per cent since 1990, and levels have never been lower.
The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency today presented statistics on Swedish emissions in 2009. Its reports show that emissions from housing and non-residential premises, industry and the waste sector are continuing to fall. The recession has had a dramatic impact on emissions from industry. The trend in the transport sector changed a few years ago: after increasing since the mid-1990s, emissions began to decrease.
Today, emissions from transport are continuing to decrease, although they still constitute one third of total emissions. "Emissions from transport must be reduced. We have begun a transition to more energy-efficient cars and cars that use green fuels. We have thereby broken the trend towards increasing emissions from passenger cars and, overall, we are reducing emissions from the transport sector. This transition needs to be accelerated towards a fossil-free vehicle fleet," says Mr Carlgren. Full story.