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Sweden commits to cutting all greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 – 6th February

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The Swedish Government has ambitiously committed to completely cutting all greenhouse gas emissions  by 2045, and reaffirms the urgency of tackling climate change by urging all countries to fulfil the Paris Agreement. Climate Minister Isabella Lovin said “our target is to be an entirely fossil-fuel-free welfare state”, and that there are many advantages to such a target relating to health, employment and fuel security.

All parties bar one agreed to pass the law this month, obliging the government to set tougher goals to cutting fossil fuels every four years until 2045. The plans require domestic emissions to be cut by at least 85%, with remaining emissions being offset by reforestation and sustainable investments. The government expects the law to come into force as early as next year.

Britain has committed to cut its emissions by 57% by 2032 but is so far not on track to meet this goal, prompting activist group Client Earth to consider legal action against the government over its failure to come up with a plan to reduce fossil fuels and meet the target.

Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven notes that climate sceptics within the US government are “worrying” and will affect everyone. Lofven urges European countries to take the initiative, claiming that the US are “not there to lead anymore”.

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