FY2010 Special Coordination Fund for Promoting Science and Technology:"Social System Reformation Program for Creation of New Society matching Climate Change"

Urban Reformation Program for Realization of Bright Low Carbon Society


Lecture by Swedish Ambassador to Japan: "Environmental Policy - with examples of local initiatives"


スウェーデン大使 Mr. Stefan NoreénSweden has a long tradition of environmental policy and is keen to demonstrate international leadership in the field. Already in 1991, Sweden introduced a CO2 tax system to put a price on carbon, with the view of reducing CO2 emissions and their negative impact on the environment. In 1999, the Swedish parliament adopted 16 environmental quality objectives, such as “Reduced Climate Impact” and “Rich Diversity of Animal and Plant Life”. These objectives are independently evaluated every year. The overall goal of the Government's environmental policy is to hand on to the next generation a society in which the major environmental problems facing Sweden have been solved.

Sweden has clearly demonstrated that it is possible to reduce CO2 emissions and sustain, or even increase, economic growth. Over the period 1990-2008, Swedish emissions have decreased by 12 percent, while GDP has increased by 50 percent. The Government is striving for an “eco-efficient economy” where fossil fuels are phased out and replaced by renewable sources of energy. The aim is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent until 2020. Along with the national policies, local initiatives towards sustainable city planning play an important role in Swedish sustainable development.


Lecturer H.E. Ambassador Stefan Noreén
Title Environmental Policy- with examples of local initiatives
Date and Time

21, Mon., February, 2011

Venue Media Hall, Kashiwa Library, Kashiwa Campus, the University of Tokyo
Language English with simultaneous interpretation
Fee Free
Capacity 150
Sponsors the University of Tokyo, and Kashiwa City
Registration Closed

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This event is implemented by “Urban Reformation Program for Realization of Bright Low Carbon Society” in “Social System Reformation Programs of Creation of New Society Matching Climate Change” funded by FY2010 Special Coordination Fund for Promoting Science and Technology.