In the new program, developed by the County Administrative Board and the Örebro County Region, the goal is for each individual county resident’s consumption-based emissions to be two tonnes per year by 2030.
Today, the average Swede emits eight tonnes per year, so if the target is to be met, the county residents will reduce their emissions by about 75 percent in just over eight years.
Similar emission targets do not yet exist at national level, but a parliamentary inquiry is currently working to produce such targets. Ola Hansén is a member of the national committee as an external adviser.
– Örebro County’s goals are reasonable based on science, but it means large and rapid reductions, you have to be clear about that, he says.
“Tightening the bow”
The chairman of the regional board, Andreas Svahn (S), believes that the most important thing about the program is precisely that the region stretches the arc and points out a direction.
– Now we have produced forecasts of how much or how little carbon dioxide can be emitted in our county for us to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and this is our condition, he says.
Caused political debate
The program sets goals for more things than individuals’ emissions, and when the council was to adopt the program, it caused debate.
The opposition on the right, led by the Moderates, wanted the program to highlight the role of nuclear power in securing energy supply.
The Left Party and the Green Party wanted the region, in addition to the program, to introduce a committee in the region that works with the climate issue and for the region to establish a climate budget.
In the clip above, you will hear what the region should do to achieve the goals, as well as what Andreas Svahn himself does to reduce his emissions.
The clip below asks the question: How long does a tonne of carbon dioxide last today?