2021-01-20

Press releases

Revised road map 2040: “Wind power – combating climate change and improving competitiveness”

Modern and sustainable technology has never been more important. The expansion of onshore and offshore wind power will play a central role in meeting the requirements of a competitive green transition in Sweden and its neighboring countries. The Swedish Wind Energy Association is now publishing an updated industry road map that aims to help decision-makers and authorities achieve national energy and climate targets.

–  Undoubtedly, the electricity demand will increase along with electrification within the transport- and industry sectors. Electrification is a great opportunity for Sweden to both decrease its carbon footprint and create an investment culture that attracts and welcomes the establishment of new green businesses, says Daniel Badman, CEO at the Swedish Wind Energy Association.

The near double increase in wind power deployment that is already happening between 2019-2022 may decrease environmental impact by more than a quarter of Sweden’s carbon emissions. The expansion is also economically viable.

–  Today, wind power is the energy source that can be built at the speediest pace and at lowest price. Through the new Road map 2040, we can outline tangible recommendations for our politicians that clarify exactly what the wind power industry needs to reach its full potential. There are still major challenges in Sweden to the expansion of renewable energy sources, says Daniel Badman, CEO at the Swedish Wind Energy Association.

The Swedish Wind Energy Association propose four areas that the government needs to prioritize under the present mandate period to facilitate the green transition:

  • Take action for electrification. Set an expansive planning goal for power supply, with a view to green growth and to phase out of fossil fuels completely. Provide a planning framework for authorities and enterprises and work strategically with electricity exports, electricity taxes and the electricity market.
  • Strengthen and expand the electricity grid. The electricity system must be modernized and adapted to a higher share of renewables, among other things through continued development of markets for ancillary services. Abolish the connection costs for offshore wind power and see proactive grid investments as an enabler for transition.
  • Facilitate the permitting processes. Simplify in accordance with the requirements of the EU’s revised Renewable Energy Directive. Give municipalities a direct economic advantage of wind power by awarding them the property tax and adjust the municipal veto for increased legal certainty.
  • Integrate climate thinking into all decision-making. Update instructions to authorities to make balancing interests easier, include climate benefits in the Environmental Code’s portal section and plan for taking advantage of the climate benefits of wind power.

Take part of the wind power industry’s main messages in Roadmap 2040: Wind power – combating climate change and improving competitiveness.

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Daniel Badman, CEO, SWEA
Tel: 070-972 54 37
E-mail: daniel.badman@svenskvindenergi.org

Ylva Tengblad, Communications, SWEA
Tel: 073-025 10 84
E-mail: ylva.tengblad@svenskvindenergi.org

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