Sweden on track to reach renewable energy target 12 years early

Sweden is well ahead of schedule when it comes to its climate policy, and now it also looks set to reach one of its 2030 renewable energy targets by the end of 2018.

Catherine Edwards
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Why this story matters:

Sweden and its neighbour Norway set targets for electricity production from renewable sources, and in fact Sweden increased its target last year, since it was already well ahead of schedule. It now looks likely to reach the new target as early as the end of this year.

Sweden uses a mix of hydro, wave, solar and wind power, but it's the investment in wind turbines in particular that has put it on track to reach the 2030 goal.

Like much of the rest of Europe, Sweden is in the midst of an intense summer heatwave, and was forced to issue warnings for "extremely high temperatures" on Sunday. The unusual heat highlights the need for robust climate policy across the globe, and this Nordic nation is leading by example.

Details from the story:

  • By the end of the year, Sweden will be home to 3,861 wind turbines
  • The government has set the goal of running entirely on renewable energy by 2040
  • The current government is made up of the Social Democrats and junior partner the Green Party, which entered government for the first time in 2014
  • Climate change is also one of voters' top concerns ahead of this year's general elections, opinion polls show
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