The problem identified by the country’s Armed Forces is that biofuel, heavily lobbied by the government, has a shorter shelf life and is more sensitive to cold, which may leave the Scandinavian country with a harsh climate in a pinch in a war situation.
This spring, the Swedish government will present proposals to further tighten the requirements for the use of renewable fuels whenever possible. For the Armed Forces, however, this is a problem that may “limit” the possibilities to defend the country.
By 2030, emissions must have decreased by 28 percent for petrol and 66 percent for diesel. Those who fail to meet these demands will be fined, the newspaper Dagens Industri reported.
However, the Armed Forces have warned that the military may need to be exempted from these requirements – or risk limited capabilities.
In a referral to the government, the Armed Forces warned that the new climate requirements mean that the authority’s “ability to carry out given tasks”, including its main task of defending the nation, will be “limited”, and called to urgently investigate an exemption for the military.
In addition to defending Sweden against an armed attack, the Armed Forces are also tasked with responding to violations of Swedish territory, preventing and managing war, and assisting other authorities in the event of, for example, a crisis or disaster. All these areas are affected by climate requirements, the Armed Forces warned.
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