Sweden’s shipping sector is preparing to end the use of fossil fuels domestically by 2045.
The Swedish Shipowners’ Association together with Fossil-Free Sweden, a government initiative are developing a roadmap to net zero greenhouse gas emissions in in the Swedish shipping sector. This is in line with a law adopted in 2017 in Sweden to become an fossil-free nation by 2045
The shipping industry can radically improve efficiency and switch to low carbon biofuels or electricity, Svante Axelsson (Fossil-Free Sweden) and Rikard Engström (Sjöfart) wrote in an opinion article in Dagens Industry of 8 February 2019. (see the ‘google.translate’ English text here).
“The Riksdag has decided that domestic transport should reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 70 percent by 2030. A challenging but not impossible goal to achieve. The challenge is double because freight transport is expected to increase by 50% by 2030.”, they wrote.
The incentives Axelsson and Engström propose are:
- Setting up a carbon dioxide fund
- Increase environmental differentiation in fairway fees
- Increase production of domestic renewable fuels
- Tax exemption from electricity
- Increase the state research and innovation funds
- Quantity discount on ‘calling’ (Swedish word is anlöp, english translation currently under check)
- Create more equitable conditions between the different modes of transport.