Sweden is almost on target to achieve stabilisation of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at the 1990-2000 level, notwithstanding a long series of grim predictions. Emissions have dropped consider- ably since 1995.
There are many reasons why emissions are coming down. Firstly, a tax imposed on CO2 in 1991 has had a long-term impact as wood replaces coal and oil for heating purpose. This trend is expected to grow. Secondly, government officials believe there has been a fuel shift in the manufacturing industry following an increase in the CO2 tax in July 1997. A third underlying trend may be the Environmental Management and Auditing System (EMAS) of the European Union. EMAS certificates have caused environmentally motivated fuel shifts and improved efficiency.
Though the Swedish govern- ment should be proud and happy of its successful policy, it is so shy that it has not even issued a single press release.
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