Sweden’s new climate law to be in force in 2018

One country is not blinking – Sweden’s new climate law to be in force in 2018. This morning, at a press conference the Prime Minister announced that his government was to submit a new climate law to the Riksdag. The proposed law will follow normal parliamentary procedures, including committees and debate before a final vote. Given that […]

Sweden ups rhetoric and ambition on EU ETS reform

Svenska Dagbladet, a leading Swedish newspaper, today reports on the strong rhetoric and proposals from the Swedish government on European emissions targets. The Deputy Prime Minster, Isabella Lövin, and Industry Minister, Mikael Damberg, want the cancellation of EUAs, rather than storage in a reserve, sending a clear price signal to the market.  In addition, the government wants to be […]

Obama pokes a stick in Trump’s wheel: Swede to Chair International Energy Agency

As Renovamus reported was likely a fortnight ago, the job to chair the ministerial meeting of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has gone to the Swedish Energy Minister, Ibrahim Baylan. Both the Swedish government and IEA have made announcements on their websites confirming this today. According to the IEA the ministers meet to discuss the IEAs […]

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 […]