The world's first electric highway has been opened in central Sweden, where lorries are 'fuelled' from electric cables hanging over the road, just like a tram. Now a two-year trial period is starting, and local businesses are eyeing it closely.
Radio Sweden's coverage of environmental and energy issues
- 2 kilometre trial run.
- Brown coal demonstration.
Four activists were arrested, two on suspicion of attacking guards, outside the Rosenbad government building in Sweden. Witnesses say they were part of a demonstration against the planned sale of brown coal mines in Germany.
- Society for Nature Conservation's energy expert explains why this is a win for environmentalists(7:19 min)Five-party agreement.
A cross-party energy deal has been reached between the government and three opposition parties. Sweden will have 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, but there is not yet a deadline for the phase out of nuclear power.
- Invasive alien species list.
The US government on Monday dismissed Sweden's efforts to ban importing live American lobsters to the European Union, saying the crustacean would not become an invasive species in Swedish waters.
- 2016 Meat guide.
The Swedish branch of the World Wildlife Fund released its second annual meat guide on Monday, in an effort to nudge consumers toward making more environmentally sustainable choices in their diets.
- Lövin debuts.
Immigration, the Swedish suburbs, and brown coal were divisive topics when eight party leaders collided on a debate show Sunday, which featured a first televised policy brawl for the new Green Party co-leader Isabella Lövin.
- Security, TTIP, climate.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, along with leaders of the other Nordic countries, are meeting US President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday, to discuss security policy, climate issues, migration and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP.
- International Maritime Organization.
By 2021 all passenger cruise ships will be banned from dumping sewage waste in the Baltic Sea, a decision hailed by the Swedish government and environmental groups.
- 30 years after Chernobyl.
The safety zones around Sweden's nuclear power plants are outdated and should be redrawn, says one nuclear safety expert.
Swedish state-owned energy company Vattenfall has signed an agreemnt to sell its lignite operations to Czech energy company EPH, along with PPF Investments, Vattenfall announced on Monday.
- 1 av 4Hindersson (left) believes that if the proposal is passed, it will be hassle for him to make transactions, considering there would be two different V.A.T. levels on what his shop offers. Photo: Radio Sweden.2 av 4Sofia Hansson thinks the proposed legislation would encourage her to repair more of the items she owns. Photo: Brett Ascarelli / Radio Sweden3 av 4Mixed opinions.
One of the measures in the Spring Budget proposal that the government presented this week could make it cheaper to get certain items repaired, but consumers and business owners Radio Sweden spoke to were divided about whether the proposed change would have a significant impact.
As the technologies improve and prices fall, local authorities in Sweden can play a key role in spreading the use of battery-powered vehicles.
- Sustainable housing.
A Swedish architectural firm has won an award for coming up with a design for urban insect farms in downtown Stockholm. The firm claims that the farms could make the city self-sufficient on proteins.
- Exhibition in Stockholm.
Clear, trout-swollen brooks and stark pine forests might seem to make Sweden an attractive destination for sport fishermen. But don't forget scores of fish-mincing hydropower turbines, one environmentalist wants to tell anglers.