Here’s an interesting piece of news from The Local, Sweden’s news in English:
Centre party leader Maud Olofsson has called for a total ban on petrol-driven cars by 2025. The party has also called for a tighter eco-car definition and higher carbon taxes. Car-makers have reacted angrily to the plans…..
….Environment minister Andreas Carlgren has, together with party leader Maud Olofsson and minister colleagues, penned a full-page debate article in Saturday’s Dagens Nyheter in which he calls for a dramatic cut in carbon emissions.
The Centre party ministers have laid out a four-point plan to establish Sweden at the forefront of the battle to combat climate change.
The plan includes a ban on fossil-fuel driven cars by 2025 with dramatically higher taxes for thirsty cars in the meantime. A proposed tax exemption for eco classified cars will be available for three-five years with an emissions guideline of 120 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre.
Ethanol-fuelled cars will remain as an eco-car alternative but will be subject to tougher fuel-efficiency regulations, Andreas Carlgren argued as the Centre party meets for its future convention this weekend.
Strong reactions from the troubled Swedish car industry have not been slow in coming however. Saab Automobile’s Anna Petré said to news agency TT that it would be “clumsy of the government” to rush through the tougher regulations just as Saab and Volvo were negotiating for state support to enable them to retain production in Sweden.
“Just at the moment it is important for the government to consider employment opportunities,” Petré warned.
Volvo’s Anders Kärrberg joined Petré is calling for restraint.
“It would be very expensive for us manufacturers to tailor-make models after it,” Kärrberg said of Anders Carlgren’s proposal.
There are more details at The Local.
I’m actually a little surprised by the 2025 deadline as Sweden had previously declared an intention to be fossil-fuel-free by 2020. Whilst that was more of an aspiration than a hard goal, it’s interesting to see more meat on those bones.