Environmentally friendly Sweden's Green house emissions has been increasing sharplyMonday, 19 December 2011
Swedish emissions of greenhouse gases increased sharply in 2010, more than the year before by eleven percent.
The increase in blamed partly by that the economy recovered and increased industrial activities means that there was increased energy use in various ways. But Environment Minister Lena Ek, said that nonetheless, that the figures are "worrying".
“It is a serious reminder that it will not be easy to reach the goals we set ourselves,” she said.
The figures, presented by the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, shows that emissions rose from 59.7 million tonnes to 66.2 million tonnes. This is the first time since 2003 that emissions are increasing rather than decreasing.
AdvertisementBoard notes that one of the reasons is that emissions fell a record in 2009, an effect of the then recession. Furthermore, the nuclear energy production went badly in 2010, plus two cold winters in a row.
Besides this, there has been harsh criticism. The statistics stretch back in time to 1990s, the reference applies to the current international climate treaty, the Kyoto Protocol.
If one compares the figure for 2010 to 1990, the Swedish emissions fell by about nine percent. Since 2005, that is, the last six years, emission rate remained almost stationary.
The Green Party believes that the emission figures are alarming and that the reason is that the government has not implemented the environmental and climate policy that had been required.
“This is a strong indication of a wrong policy,” says spokesperson Asa Romson.
Even the Social Democrats also criticize the government for the high emissions. According to the party's environmental spokes person Matilda Ernkrans, the "reality is catching up with the government."
Ek is confident that the target of a 40-percent reduction in emissions in the sectors not included in emissions trading can be achieved by 2020.
“I am convinced that it is possible with a combination of measures which include the heavy vehicle traffic and construction industry,” she says.
“We will now conduct an analysis sector by sector to see what is required further to reduce emissions.”
According to Department figures, the transport sector accounts for the largest share of emissions, almost 21 million tonnes. Road transport alone accounts for 19 million tonnes.
It is very important that any policy design should look closely not to damage the economy.
By Scancomark.se Team
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