Swedish lawmakers, by an overwhelming majority vote (254 against 41), have bound the country to reach net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2045. Only one out of country’s eight political parties didn’t support the Climate Act in parliament yesterday, which comes into action in January 2018.
The Climate Act requires a commitment to report on progress and keep track of Sweden’s progress on its climate goals:
More importantly, the law makes Sweden a rare country to commit to a goal that is more ambitious than what it agreed to under the 2015 Paris climate agreement (which said it would achieve carbon neutrality by 2050). Costa Rica, however, committed in the Paris accord to reaching zero emissions sooner than Sweden, in 2021, the only other country with more than a million people to have such an ambitious goal.
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