For the fourth year in a row, Sweden ranks 4th, and remains the front-runner of the high-performing countries in the CCPI.
As in previous years, the country performs high in GHG Emissions, Renewable Energy, and for its climate policy performance. It does, however, remain unable to improve its low performance in the Energy Use category.
Experts continue to give Sweden a high overall rating, comprising a medium rating for climate policy efforts at the national level and a very high rating at the international level. The latter reflects the country’s progressive role both at the EU level, where the country strongly advocated for a 60% emissions reduction target, and at the global level, notably for its contributions to the Green Climate Fund. At the national level, experts recognise the overall strength both of Sweden’s climate ambition, reflected in its commitment to achieving net-zero emissions by 2045, and its policies, anchored in the country’s climate law. Experts also, however, see significant room and need for further improvement, pointing, for example, towards growing emissions from household waste and towards weak governmental incentives in Energy Efficiency, where according to CCPI data, the country shows considerable deficits. Experts therefore call for an explicitly stated energy efficiency target, instead of the energy intensity target currently in place. Overall, experts see capacity for Sweden to target near-zero emissions by 2030, and therefore call on the country to do so and to adjust respective policies, especially in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and non-energy.
National experts that contributed to the policy evaluation of this year’s CCPI chose to remain anonymous.