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Sweden: Right wing party SD insists that the Swedish Government must break the promise of reducing fossil fuels

Energy and Industry Minister Ebba Busch (KD) promised greatly reduced fuel prices and reduced reduction obligations in the election campaign. But now the EU's climate requirements can put an end to the promise.

Energy and Industry Minister Ebba Busch (KD) promised greatly reduced fuel prices and reduced reduction obligations in the election campaign. But now the EU's climate requirements can put an end to the promise.

The government is now discussing clearly higher levels of the reduction obligation than what was previously called the EU's minimum level, DN learns. If Sweden is to meet the EU's climate requirements, the reduction obligation must be at least 10 to 20 percent. But SD – who promised a lower price at the pump – says no.

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The reduction of the fuel price at the pump was one of the government parties' major profile issues during the election campaign. M, KD and SD all promised powerful reductions in the price of petrol - something that would be achieved above all through reduced reduction obligations, i.e. the mixing of biofuels into fossil fuels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In the government statement, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (M) stated that the reduction obligation must be lowered "to the EU's lowest level on January 1, 2024, and applies during the term of office."

The government has defined that level at around 6 percent, a sharp reduction from today's 30.5 percent for diesel.

Now the government may be forced to break that promise - due to the EU's stricter climate requirements.

Already in December, DN was able to tell that the government had started investigating a significantly higher level of reduction obligation than what was promised in the election campaign. The reason is that the EU's climate law sets a clear limit for how much fossil emissions Sweden can have, within what is called the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR).

The Government Office has since worked closely with the Energy Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency to calculate how much the reduction obligation can be reduced, without Sweden at the same time violating the EU's climate requirements.

- There have been many different variants, but no alternative has had a six percent reduction obligation for both petrol and diesel, says Noak Westerberg, manager at the Energy Agency and one of those who worked on the issues.

It involves complex calculations, which are based on various forecasts for, among other things, how many cars the Swedes drive and how quickly the vehicle fleet is electrified.

Based on the Energy Agency's scenarios, government officials have drawn up a few concrete proposals on how much the reduction obligation can be reduced. There is now a finished proposal which, in principle, only lacks figures for the reduction obligation, according to DN's sources.

Everything is covered by confidentiality. But DN can tell you the content of two of the proposals presented to the political leadership at the Ministry of Climate and Business.

A first is based on a very rapid electrification of the vehicle fleet. There, a reduction obligation is required, which is around 10 percent in 2024 and gradually rises to around 20 percent by 2030.

However, the government has taken a series of measures that slow down electrification in the short term, such as scrapping the electric car bonus, scrapping the transformation of the travel deduction and lowering the tax on fossil fuels.

Facts. The EU's climate work
Divided into three different areas:

● Emissions trading (EU-ETS), which mainly covers industries and energy production.

● Emissions from forests and land (LULUCF)

● Emissions not covered by emissions trading, the so-called non-traded sector (ESR). In Sweden, it is above all about domestic transport, agriculture and work machines.

Half of the emissions in the non-traded sector in Sweden come from domestic transport. The reduction obligation has previously been the most important tool for reducing fossil emissions from domestic transport and work machinery.

In another proposal, with a more realistic pace of electrification, the starting point is a reduction obligation of around 10 percent in 2024, which increases steeper year by year to 30 percent in 2030.

The document was delivered to the management of the Ministry of Climate and Food several weeks ago and the negotiations within the ministry are still ongoing. No political proposal has yet left the ministry, but the issue is expected to reach the coordination office in the near future, according to DN's sources. Only at that stage are the Sweden Democrats and the Moderates involved.
SD's climate policy spokesperson Martin Kinnunen's starting point has been to scrap.

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  • Lucinda Ramsay

    64 w

    The planet should not be played as a tool in politics

    • George Kariuki

      65 w

      It is crucial for politicians to keep their promises and take concrete steps towards reducing fossil fuel consumption, rather than backtracking on commitments that will have dire consequences for the environment and society as a whole.

      • Daniel Waweru

        66 w

        Fossil fuels continue to cause more harm than good, leaders should know that and act on it. Stop fooling people

        • Elizabeth Gathigia

          66 w

          Wrong move Martin, these fossil fuel has done so much harm to our planet

        • George Kariuki

          66 w

          Climate change is an urgent issue that requires collective action from all stakeholders, and it is essential that Sweden continues to lead by example in addressing this global challenge.

          • Joseph Githinji

            66 w

            Leaders must stop fooling the subjects, it's so unfair to break the promises they gave to the people.

            • rosebellendiritu

              66 w

              @joseph_githinji It will be so hypocritical

            • Andy Middleton

              66 w

              Fools thinking they can hold back the future

              • Patrik Lobergh

                66 w

                @andy_middleton Indeed, however dangerous fools

              • Tabitha Kimani

                66 w

                These leaders are really a disappointing lot.

                • Munene Mugambi

                  66 w

                  If they can't keep their word how can the electorate trust them?

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