Sweden To Go Carbon Neutral by 2045

Feb, 18, 2016

By Fredrica Syren:

Sweden, where I was born and where we currently reside, was established as one of the 10 greenest countries in 2015, according to Ecowatch.com. I can’t say I’m too surprised, considering I have never lived in another country that focuses on making recycling super easy and convenient, and making public transportation available to pretty much everyone. It makes me proud to be a green mom born and living here.

So I guess I should not have been as surprised as I was when I learned that Sweden’s government hasstockholm published a plan to go “carbon neutral” by 2045, building on a previous pledge to have no net emissions by 2050. The plan says the country could cut emissions by at least 85% from the 1990 levels at home and offset the remaining 15% by investing in projects to cut carbon emissions abroad. Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas emitted from planes, cars, factories, etc., and released into the atmosphere, causing global warming.

Sweden’s plan follows an earlier commitment to invest $546 million in climate related measures, which include support for a multitude of clean technologies. It is a true inspiration for other nations and will, in wake of last year’s Paris Agreement, show that more leading green economies will revisit their decarbonization plans and bring forward more ambitious proposals.

A more detailed report from the legislators is expected next month.

Already we have seen New Zealand and the UK phasing out coal. As well, we see more major cities and corporations committing to 100% renewable energy. These are small but major steps in the right direction. At least the commitment provides a clear sign these countries and leaders are leading the way in fighting climate change.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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