Environment Minister Lena Ek.
environmental politics

Faster CO2 reporting to help government policies

Environment Minister Lena Ek wants Sweden to speed up its reporting on carbon emissions. Until now it has taken up to two years to publish the annual statistics. Ek wants to access the statistics by April every year, allowing the government to adjust its policies accordingly. 

Cutting the waiting time down from two years to four months will also allow the government to see the effects of the autumn budget - for example an additional petrol tax and if it influences consumer behaviour between then and April.

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation welcomes the move.

"It is better to get feedback as early as possible, this is a step in the right direction," says its secretary general, Svante Axelsson, to Swedish Radio.

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