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IEA review of Swedish energy policies due out next week

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Can the country achieve its goals of fossil fuel-free vehicles by 2030 and zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050?

1 February 2013

Sweden already has an almost carbon-free electricity supply and has phased out oil use in its residential and power sectors. The Scandinavian nation of nearly 10 million is increasingly integrated within regional electricity markets, and its joint renewable electricity certificate market with Norway offers a unique model for other countries.

Now, Sweden is seeking to eliminate the use of fossil fuels in vehicles by 2030 and to end net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050.

On 5 February, the International Energy Agency will release its 2013 review of Sweden’s energy policies, which offers recommendations on how Sweden can achieve its ambitious goals.

The IEA assesses the policies of each of its 28 member countries every five years, and in its recent progress towards a more secure, sustainable energy future, Sweden implemented many of the recommendations in the IEA’s 2008 review. Analysing the challenges and providing studies and recommendations for each sector of the country’s energy system, the 2013 edition outlines the steps for Sweden to take to achieve its ambitious targets. It starts with evaluating the most cost-effective pathways to transition to a low-carbon economy.

IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven and Swedish Energy Minister Anna-Karin Hatt will introduce the new book and its findings at KTH – the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The event will be webcast starting at 9:30 a.m. Central European Time (8:30 a.m. GMT) on Tuesday here and here.

Also Tuesday, the Executive Summary, a key chapter and tables of data will be available for download at

Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Sweden 2013 goes on sale on 5 February at the IEA Bookshop. Order by email at or by clicking here.

Accredited journalists who seek further information or who wish to attend the launch events, including the news conference, should contact the IEA Press Office at