Sweden falls five ranks and is now ranked 10th in the CCPI. The country is among the high performers.
Sweden rates high in GHG Emissions and Renewable Energy but it falls precipitously in Climate Policy, down 24 ranks to 37th, with a low rating. And in Energy Use, it rates very low.
Sweden has ambitious national climate targets; the 2030 target is a 63% emissions cut vs. 1990 levels. The country plans to have net-zero emissions in 2045.
Ambitious targets but lack of implementation
The CCPI country experts welcome the ambitious targets, but they criticise the implementation. Sweden is not doing enough to achieve its ambitions. The goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2045 was replaced with a target of 100% fossil fuel-free electricity so it can include nuclear power.
Sweden’s once ambitious climate policies are being cut back or even removed. If the government continues removing progressive climate policies, the country will continue to fall in the CCPI ranking.
The experts indicate that Sweden is backtracking from being a frontrunner in international climate policy to now blocking progressive EU policy regarding forestry issues. Sweden’s biomass industry for producing wood pulp and paper is a large-scale emitter of industrial emissions. The lack of sustainable forestry has led to forest and ecosystem damage.
National experts that contributed to the policy evaluation of this year’s CCPI chose to remain anonymous.