Cooperation Sweden-California: Reduce car emissions
Stockholm, Sweden – Lena Sommestad, Minister for the Environment, and Terry Tamminen, Cabinet Secretary to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, agreed at a meeting on Thursday to start a cooperative task force to look at the possibility of developing a transport system based on biogas in California.
The task force will be made up of government and industry representatives from Sweden and California.
‘California has ambitious targets for climate policy and lies well to the fore in work on sustainable transport solutions. It is important to cooperate at regional level in the United States to reduce emissions from cars,’ says Ms Sommestad.
‘Sweden can contribute unique knowledge and technology for using biogas as a fuel for vehicles. Terry Tamminen is very interested in what we are doing and I have therefore invited him to Sweden to give him a chance to study on the spot how we are working to develop renewable vehicle fuels,’ says Ms Sommestad.
Sweden has the largest fleet of biogas-fuelled vehicles in the world. Over the past few years, the market has grown at a rate of 15-20 per cent per year. We now have approximately 7000 biogas cars in Sweden. The industry (manufacturers of biogas vehicles, gas and energy companies, and municipalities) believes there is great potential to increase the share of the market held by biogas. In 2010 Sweden could be producing and distributing enough biogas for approximately 80 000 vehicles.
California has set the target of reducing emissions of carbon dioxide by 80 per cent by 2050. The focus is on measures in the transport sector.