Environmental taxes - Green tax package in Sweden reduces greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to reach set goals in EU for share of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
InformationLocation: Sweden Sectors: Sustainable energy: access, efficiency and renewables; Green industry, material efficiency and waste minimization; By: SwedenType: NationalSource: Swedish Ministry of EnvironmentYear: 2009
Green tax package in Sweden reduces greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to reach set goals in EU for share of renewable energy and energy efficiency.In the fall of 2009 the Swedish Parliament decided on an environmental tax package. The various measures are implemented carefully and gradually in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015 so that households and companies have time to adapt. A particular focus was on taking steps towards a more uniform national price on fossil carbon dioxide by way of reducing existing deviations from the general carbon dioxide tax level. Measures entering into force in 2013 and in 2015 include a further raise of the carbon dioxide tax on natural gas and LPG as motor fuels (to 80 % of the general carbon dioxide tax in 2013 and to the full carbon dioxide tax in 2015). The amount of reimbursement of the carbon dioxide tax on diesel used in agriculture is further reduced. The carbon dioxide tax rate for industry and certain other sectors outside the EU Emissions Trading System is increased, in 2011 to 30 % and in 2015 to 60 % of the general carbon dioxide tax. The special provisions, giving a limited number of industrial and horticultural companies an additional tax relief, are phased out and will be fully abolished in 2015. By 2015, the effects of the environmental tax package will be evaluated and additional measures may be introduced if deemed necessary for Sweden to reach the goals set for 2020."