China will stick by Paris Agreement commitments

According to the FT, China will stick by Paris Agreement commitments. And so will India. Europe of course will too (at least it will say that it is going to, even if it backslides). The exact quote was “As a responsible developing country China’s plan determination and policy to tackle climate change is resolute”, according to […]

Huge news: 4 megacities to ban diesel by 2025

The Mayors of Paris, Mexico City, Madrid and Athens have announced that they intend to ban diesel by 2025. This is groundbreaking news that, if implemented, will hasten the demise of the oil industry. That is not to say that the oil industry won’t be around for several decades, but it will be swimming in an […]

Swedish cities may ban petrol cars 

Will Swedish cities ban petrol cars? The Swedish Transport Agency’s (Transportstyrelsen) thinks it should, if the country is to fix air quality and reduce GHGs. It has proposed an expansion of the current regulations of heavy vehicles, to include other forms of transport by 2030.  In particular, it aims to exclude private cars, light vehicles and light trucks […]

Further evidence of Sweden preparing for climate action

Today Germany, Canada and Mexico announced strategies to ‘drastically cut their emissions by mid-century‘. Sweden was notably absent from the headlines on this. Curious.  Nonetheless, the last week has brought further evidence of Sweden preparing for climate action, consistent with their Miljömålsberedningen agreement (covered at length in an earlier blog). In case you missed that, one […]

Sweden to become the first fossil-free industrial state

Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven says that Sweden will become the first fossil-free industrial state.  Is that really going to happen, and, if so, what does it mean?  This analysis was coauthored by Sean Williams (Renovamus) and Magnus Nilsson, a Swedish consultant on green issues, and a frequent commentator in the Swedish press.  The timing for its publication […]