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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Norwegian National Transport Plan – a radical blueprint for a zero carbon transport future

On February 29, 2016, the heads of Norway’s 4 main transport authorities (road, rail, air and coastal) laid down an ambitious National Transport Plan for the country’s transport system by 2029.  The main points of the plan that relate to climate change are; Use of incentives for zero or low-emission technologies, alternative fuels and better capacity […]