Roadmaps for fossil free competitiveness now available in English
The roadmaps for fossil free competitiveness describe how each sector can increase their competitiveness by phasing out fossil fuels. They also identify obstacles and propose solutions. The roadmaps are managed by either industry associations or companies in an open process that aims to include the entire sectors.
Several representatives from Mistra Carbon Exit have been involved in the development of roadmaps for the Concrete industry and the Construction industry.
The work on the roadmaps has been broad-based and transparent, and included large sections of the industries. They demonstrate a change of attitude that has taken place in many parts of the business world in recent years, where reducing greenhouse gas emissions is no longer considered a burden; instead it is a natural step towards strengthening competitiveness. In this way, climate policy is becoming increasingly intertwined with industry and export policy. The roadmaps for fossil free competitiveness show the Swedish business sector that there is no contradiction between growth and reduced emissions; they are instead prerequisites for a modern welfare state.
The mining and minerals industry is carrying out an electrification and automation program that, together with a transition to biofuels, will make mining operations fossil free by 2035.
The steel industry describes a unique initiative focusing on the development of a technology to reduce iron ore to iron using hydrogen making fossil free steel possible.
The aviation industry aims to make all domestic flights fossil free 2030 and all flights originating from Sweden fossil free 2045.
The food retail sector’s goal is for all plastic packaging to be recyclable by 2022, and all plastic packages to be produced from renewable or recycled raw materials by 2030.
The road haulage industry reduced its emissions between 2010 and 2016 by 25 per cent. They will reach the goal by switching fuel and they see the potential in route optimization and digitalization.
The forest sector is aiming for fossil free industry operations 2030, fossil free vehicles in forest industries and in forestry 2030 and an increased production of biofuels based on forest raw material from 1 TWh to 10 TWh per year that will help other sectors becoming fossil free.
The construction industry aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent (cf. 2015) 2030, 75% reduction by 2040 and have net zero emissions by 2045
The concrete industry aims to reach half the climate impact in 5 years, to have climate-neutral concrete available on the market 2030 and all concrete climate neutral 2045.
The cement industry is aiming for climate neutrality with the use of carbon capture and storage technology.
About the Fossil Free Sweden initiative
Based on the decision by the parliament to make Sweden climate neutral by 2045, the Fossil Free Sweden initiative has encouraged business sectors to draw up their own roadmaps as to how they will be fossil free while also increasing their competitiveness. A summary of the first nine roadmaps that have been presented to the Government is now available in English.