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Sweden strives for 100% decoupling via Fossil-Free initiative


November 24, 2015
By Anthony Capkun


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November 24, 2015 – Kristina Persson, Sweden’s minister for Strategic Development & Nordic Cooperation, believes decoupling—growing your economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions—is possible, adding her country aims to be fully fossil-free by 2030.

The country believes the benefits are clear in terms of creating a better environment, more attractive cities and new opportunities for jobs.

According to The Swedish Institute, the country’s GHG emissions are among the lowest in the EU and OECD. Its GHG emissions totalled 55.8 million tons of CO2 equivalents compared with 71.8 million tons in 1990. Meantime, Sweden’s GDP grew 58% during this period.

“We need to do much more than what we are doing presently… and many more countries must try to achieve what we are trying to achieve, to become a fossil-free country. It will be difficult, but possible,” said Persson.

— Raw footage and visuals courtesy Sweden