The Swedish Energy Agency has granted SEK 5,968,391 for my research project that contributes to increased knowledge about Swedish counties' role in transitioning to a fossil-free society.
The project is based on the regional carbon budgets that the CCL-node within the Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (NRHU) has developed for Västra Götaland, Västerbotten and Östergötland counties. These three counties represent different levels of commitment with carbon budgets, which enriches the study's comparative analysis.
We know that the Swedish counties face an unprecedented challenge of integrating their carbon budgets into climate and broader policy frameworks in a way that would result in a rapid action aimed at substantially reducing emissions across all sectors. We want to help the Swedish counties understand how this can be achieved. By doing so, we want to contribute to a better understanding of the role that the counties can play in accelerating the transition to a fossil-free society.
The project involves Martin Wetterstedt, who is a Researcher at NRHU, Department of Earth Sciences. The project was submitted to the Swedish Energy Agency's call within the research program "People, Energy Systems and Society" (MESAM).
Read more about the project [ HERE ]