'Sweden will be one of the world's first fossil-free developed countries,' according to the Prime Minister.
Aggressive climate change agreement
In an announcement in early February, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven explained a law that's expected to go into effect by January 1, 2018, warning that all countries need to "step up and fulfill the Paris Agreement.” Concerned about the climate skeptics within the new U.S. administration and influenced by the UK’s Climate Change Act, he said government was introducing legislation to put into action an even more aggressive cross-party agreement for Sweden to go carbon neutral by 2045. "This is the most important reform of our generation that politicians will do for Sweden’s young people, our children and grandchildren,” Löfven said. They are targeting an 85 percent emissions cut from 1990 levels with policies focusing on greening the transport sector, boosting electric cars and biofuels; Sweden already gets more than four-fifths of its electricity from hydro- and nuclear power. “Sweden will be one of the world’s first fossil-free developed countries.”