The Swedish government has joined ranks with three opposition parties to pledge a commitment towards achieving 100 percent renewable energy by 2040.
This deal demonstrates commitment to developing renewable energy and an approach to phasing out nuclear energy. However, deadlines to phase out nuclear energy have not been set because of disputes between the parties.
Sweden’s governing parties – the Social Democrats and Green Party – collaborated with the opposition Moderates, the Centre Party, and the Christian Democrats in order to achieve the deal. However, the Left Party and Sweden Democrats, who had participated in the energy talks, did not accept the final agreement. Neither did the Liberal Party, leaving the negotiations in June, due to disagreements with proposed subsidies for wind power. HSPS and PPE applicants should think of examples of cross-party energy deals that exist in the UK. Which ways can governments phase out nuclear energy?
As a result of no end-date being set to end nuclear power, nuclear reactors can be built. Geography students should consider debates around nuclear energy: what are the benefits and hazards of nuclear energy? Engineering students should think about green alternatives they would propose in the pursuit of a green energy driven city.
Additionally, extra tax on nuclear energy will be phased out in just a few years. Economics students should consider the role of tax in green energy and environmental policy efforts.