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Thursday, December 21, 2006

Sweden's Energy Policy

The goal of Sweden's energy policy is to "create conditions for efficient and sustainable energy use, as well as a cost-effective Swedish energy supply with minimum negative impact on health, the environment and the climate." Sounds like a good policy to me. Here's how they do it:
  • Fossil-fuel free electricy: 1/2 Nuclear, 1/2 Hydro
  • Switching from oil as the main heating fuel to biomass
  • Pioneering flue gas desulphurization, reducing acid rain
  • Green certificates: All electricity users must by them, corresponding to a % of their energy usage.
  • Energy taxes
    • Started taxing carbon dioxide in 1991 to encourage efficiency and the use of bio fuels
    • 2001 green tax reform: Taxes will be increased by 3,200 million (is that 3.2?) Euros over the next 10 years
    • Energy taxes account for 10% of Swedish state revenue
  • Part of the European Union emissions trading scheme
Sweden.gov
Green Certificates

2 Comments:

  • At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Taxing greenhouse gas emissions is a great way to reduce them and America should follow Sweden's lead in this regard. Our energy crisis can be solved by reducing energy needs.

     
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