New environment measures in Sweden

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education

ISSN: 1467-6370

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



(2004), "New environment measures in Sweden", International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, Vol. 5 No. 3.



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New environment measures in Sweden

Sweden’s environmental objectives council has called for a range of new measures in pursuit of the government’s goal of achieving sustainable development by 2020. In its first comprehensive evaluation of national environmental objectives set in 2001, the council identifies a need for more action in almost all fields.

Addressing its recommendations both to the government and EU partners, the council calls for environmentally differentiated vehicle taxes on heavy lorries and buses and for distance charging on goods transport. It recommends incentives for low-emission mobile machinery and calls for all chemicals covered under the EU Reach policy to be registered no later than 2010.

The council proposes increasing authorities’ scope for raising energy efficiency standards for existing buildings. It also urges introduction of differentiated shipping lane charges based on vessels’ sulphur and nitrogen oxide emissions.

Addressing the 15 objectives, the council identifies four as “particularly difficult” to achieve. These are the goals of sustainable forests, zero eutrophication, a non-toxic environment and reduced climate impact. The report was recently published and further details are at:

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