More emissions despite cleaner cars
Even though cars are releasing less carbon dioxide into the air these days, emissions are on the rise in Sweden.
The reason is that there is more traffic, reports news agency TT. In order to reduce emissions, experts insist that people have to change their habits.
Average carbon dioxide emissions from new cars sunk lower than ever during 2010, according to information from the Swedish Transport Agency and the Swedish Transport Administration, as the market for fuel efficient cars has increased.
However, at the same time, carbon dioxide emissions throughout the country have increased by 100,000 metric tons, as more people hit the roads. The last 20 years have seen a 10 percent increase in the gas emissions.
The Swedish Transport Administration's national coordinator on climate impact, Håkan Johansson, complains that the problem lies in urban and suburban planning. He says that the community needs to build in a way that encourages people to give up their automobiles. Even if, in certain places, a central urban space is planned where people can go shopping, it's not enough, he says.
"Many shopping centers and houses are being built on the fringes of the cities, so people become dependent on cars," he says.
"Cars are going to stay around – they're a blessed means of transport, but they're still routine. We choose them without thinking about an alternative," he says.