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Not much shipping in the climate report

08 April 2019

The report of the Climate Policy Council concludes that that Sweden will not reach the climate targets set. The big problem is that emissions from transport do not drop sufficiently and the report highlights ten recommendations to the government that are directly linked to the transport sector. But shipping is not mentioned.

By 2045 the emissions should be zero, according to the government's sustainable development goals. But the goals will not be achieved, and it is particularly worrying in the transport sector that accounts for one third of all emissions. The goal of reducing transport emissions in the sector by 70 per cent by 2030 compared with 2010 is far away. As it now appears, the climate policy council estimates that the sector will only come halfway to 2030.

So changes need to be made. The Climate Policy Council's first report, which was presented at the end of March, therefore recommends that the government creates rules that reduce car dependence, setting a stop date for the use of fossil fuels, and abolishing subsidies for car ownership, driving and parking. One also wants, for example, to accelerate the electrification of road transport and to increase the steering towards more climate-efficient vehicles, as well as to strengthen the municipalities' mandate to promote fossil-free transport.

Thus, the ten proposals focus heavily on motoring and road transport, which is in line with the fact that road traffic accounts for 90 per cent of emissions (only passenger cars account for 66 per cent). The shipping, which accounts for 0.6 percent of the total amount of emissions, is mentioned only a few times - more specifically, the word "shipping" is mentioned 5 times in the 76-page report. This can be compared with the words bicycle (13 times), public transport (23 times) electric car, electric vehicle or charging hybrid (30 times).

Twice shipping is mentioned as part of the solution. Both times, it is about transferring goods from road to rail or shipping. The Climate Council writes: “Passenger transport needs to take place to a greater extent with cycling, walking and public transport, which have higher energy efficiency and lower emissions than car traffic. For freight transport, it is about using longer and heavier vehicles, moving over transports to rail and shipping and to use all types of traffic more efficiently through improved logistics planning, traffic management and traffic information. "

Read the report here

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