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Emissions from road traffic in Sweden fell by 2 per cent


Publication date: 29 April 2009


Carbon dioxide emissions from Swedish road traffic fell by two per cent in 2008 in comparison with 2007, from 19.8 to 19.4 million tonnes. The decrease is due to more fuel-efficient petrol and diesel cars, scrapping of older vehicles, an increased proportion of renewable fuels and reduced traffic levels. These are the findings of a new report from the Swedish Transport Agency.

Emissions from domestic road traffic account for 30 per cent of Swedish greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions have increased by 12 per cent since 1990, while total emissions of greenhouse gases in Sweden (1990-2007) have fallen by 9.1 per cent.

Emissions from new petrol and diesel-engined cars fell to 174 grams of CO2/km in 2008 compared with 181 grams of CO2/km in 2007. This led to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of just over 39 000 tonnes. Scrapping and reduced use of old fuel-thirsty vehicles contributed to a further improvement in the energy efficiency of the car fleet and a decrease in emissions of just over 110 000 tonnes.

The proportion of biofuels in the road-transport sector increased to 5 per cent in 2008 from 4.5 per cent in 2007. The principal reason for the increase was greater use of the ethanol fuel E85. This resulted in a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions of just over 150 000 tonnes.

High oil prices during the first half of the year and financial crisis during the second half contributed to a decrease in road traffic of just under 1 per cent in 2008, equivalent to 80 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. Finally a change in weight and load on trucks contributed to a decrease in emissions of 20 000 tonnes.


Read the memorandum from the Swedish Transport Agency (in English):  road_transport_emissions0903.pdf (220.2 KB)


Read more about the Swedish emissions of greenhouse gases (in English): http://www.naturvardsverket.se/en/In-English/Menu/Climate-change/Greenhouse-gas-emissions/

Source: Swedish Environmental Protection Agency


 
 
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