Sweden’s deadline for phasing out nuclear power is 2010. Instead of working toward dismantling the 10 nuclear reactors it has, Sweden found it easier to change its stance. The declared that nuclear is green. They will keep their reactors and they have also lifted the ban on research in field of nuclear technology. It is likely that Swedish government will be funding projects for developing new more efficient power plants that generate low cost electricity.
Govt. knew that there would be an uproar from environmental protection groups. They tried to deal with it by a raise in carbon taxes, a promise to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2020 and bringing in the industries no covered under EU emission laws into carbon credit trading. The most remarkable promise Swedish government made is to adapt “Oil independence” and Zero Emission as it goal in vision for 2050.
One thing that disappointed me most is that they have shamelessly set the target of 1% increase the share of renewable energy in total grid by 2020.