Focus on reducing the coal power in the world in half and dramatically reduce CO2 emissions

By: Thomas Ström 10/3/19

We at NTEX, as well as several other companies, operate with HVO diesel, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% compared to fossil diesel fuel. If all transport companies in the world would do this, the transport sector’s impacton the climate would decrease dramatically.
However, it will take time before we are there.

Sweden today accounts for about 0,1% of the world's CO2 emissions from combustionof coal, gas and oil. Compared to the two countries that emit the most, China and the United States, it is almost nothing. China emits almost 28 percent, while the United States accounts for just over 15 percent.

One of the biggest offenders when it comes to CO2 emissions is coal power. It accounts for about 30 percent of all the world's CO2 emissions. Against this background, it is quite strange that one of the major debates now is about aviation and its impact on the environment. In fact, aviation accounts for about 2 percent of all the world's CO2 emissions while coal power, as mentioned, accounts for 30 percent.

Still, there is talk about flight shame and that we should cut the aircraft's CO2 emissions in half. I am not hearing anything about doing the same withcoal power. Sure, I agree that we should work on reducing the environmental impact of aviation. But what if we could also get everyone in the world using coal power to reduce it or stop it altogether? Imagine what a huge reduction in CO2 emissions it would be if we focused on cutting the use of coal power in half.

Against this background, I think we should expand our nuclear power. It is much safer now than when we started with it. One facility that should beback into operation is Barsebäck, which is one of the world's safest nuclear power plants. With Barsebäck operating again, the Danes could buy good energy from us and we would not have to feel the smell of burning kerosene and coke from the Danes whenever the western wind is blowing.

Thomas Ström