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The Swedish Government plans to scrap the climate targets for transports

The Swedish Government plans to scrap the climate targets for transports The Government's climate investigator John Hassler is open to scrapping the climate target for domestic transport. This appears in an interview with DN. - There are no climate reasons to have such a goal, he tells DN. At the same time, he believes that Sweden's climate policy needs to be tightened in a number of other areas - and that the reduction obligation may need to be increased again. The government's coordinator for Fossil-free Sweden, Svante Axelsson, is strongly critical of any plans to drop the climate target for domestic transport. - It's about leadership, It certainly looks difficult to achieve 70 percent lower emissions from transport by 2030 - but that does not mean that you should give up on that goal this far in advance. That's according to Svante Axelsson, the government's coordinator for Fossil-free Sweden. - This is not just the government's goal, it is the goal of municipalities, regions and companies. And it is a cross-block goal, thus also the opposition's goal. If it is scrapped, you create an unnecessary mistrust of politics and an image that political agreements are falling apart, he says. Fossil-free Sweden has developed roadmaps for the climate transition together with various industries. According to Svante Axelsson, there are many industries and companies who believe that the goal should remain in order to speed up industrial change in the transport sector. It is also about protecting the long-term perspective that the climate policy framework from 2017 promised when it was voted for by seven out of eight parties in the Riksdag. Only the Sweden Democrats voted against the framework. - You also have to ask yourself, what would it cost the government to keep the target? People will not hang the politician who is responsible if we reach 63 percent reduction instead of 70. But if you are going to reach 63, you must not start signaling that you give up before half the time has passed. It's about leadership, says Svante Axelsson. John Hassler believes that it steers in the wrong direction and is not to be considered a climate goal - doesn't he have a point there? - I agree that it can lead to suboptimal measures. You should not make calls for panic by using ineffective means of control, but then you should criticize the calls and not the goal itself. Under the previous government, Sweden appeared to meet the transport target, but then largely with the help of a greatly increased reduction obligation in the coming years. Svante Axelsson believes that became politically impossible with the increased oil prices - but he believes that the level that the government and SD have agreed on, of 6 percent between 2024 and 2026, is far too low. - The politically correct balance would probably be around 20 percent right now, that's where Finland is, for example. But the reduction obligation has become symbolic politics, and a possible removal of the transport target also risks becoming symbolic politics, says Svante Axelsson. https://www.dn.se/sverige/kritik-mot-att-skrota-klimatmal-skapar-misstro-mot-politiken/ https://www.dn.se/sverige/klimatmal-kan-slopas-av-regeringens-utredare/

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  • Gorffly mokua

    31 w

    This is disappointing!!

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    • Videlis Eddie

      32 w

      This is saddening why put profit over people???

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      • Markus Lutteman

        32 w

        When the government appointed scientist John Hassler, they already knew what his investigation would lead to. They might as well have hired a PR Agency. Handpicking a scientist just to confirm one´s political view is a dangerous step in the wrong direction.

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        • winnie nguru

          32 w

          Why make such a decision at a time when the world is battling effects of such bad decisions that were made earlier? They ought to rethink this

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          • We Don't Have Time

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            • Edwin wangombe

              33 w

              This will be a big shame on Sweden if it goes forward with the scraping off of these targets

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              • john linus Tom

                33 w

                This is too bad , how I wish our leaders change and act positively towards climate change

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                • Saustine Lusanzu

                  33 w

                  This is not good at all, I don't understand why climate change is changing but leaders are not changing??

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                  • Patrik Lobergh

                    33 w

                    @saustine_lusanzu It is a lot about political power, status, money, greed and big egos and corruption

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                  • bonke reinhard

                    33 w

                    So dissapointing but all in all climate crisis must end

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                    • Hilda Wangui

                      33 w

                      Disappointing news from Sweden side fossils fuels emissions should be lower to attain clean energy as well the targets set aside climate

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                      • Lucinda Ramsay

                        33 w

                        This is insane, Sweden will become a laggard and will urgently need to catch up in the future! Such a stupid decision will cost the economy and reputation for business investment later on..

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                        • Patrik Lobergh

                          33 w

                          @lucinda_ramsay Germany did the same earlier this year, pushed by the so-called German liberal party FDP.

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                        • Joseph Githinji

                          33 w

                          This sounds so wrong, Swedish authorities must prioritise climate action targets over anything else.

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