One of the Nordic region’s biggest oil refineries has halted an expansion that threatened to break up Sweden’s governing coalition, comprising the Social Democrats and the Green Party.
Preem AB has decided to withdraw all applications for a 1.6 billion kronor ($176 million) expansion of its Preemraff refinery outside Lysekil on the Swedish west coast, the company’s board said in a statement.
While the plans had already received the necessary environmental permits, the Swedish government had earlier said it would need to grant final approval given the project would boost national emissions of carbon dioxide by about 1 million tons per year.
The planned development became a touchstone issue for both climate activists in Sweden and the country’s Green Party, which was considering leaving the government if the expansion got the green light, newspaper Dagens Nyheter reported, citing several sources from within the party.
The Green Party’s climate spokesman Lorentz Tovatt described Monday’s withdrawal as a “great great great victory” on his twitter account, having previously called the expansion “a threat” to Sweden’s efforts to face the climate crisis.
Swedish oil company Preem has withdrawn its application to expand their oil refinery. An expansion that would make it impossible for Sweden to stay in line with the Paris agreement.
What a huge victory for the climate and environmental movement!
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sverigesradio.se12:51 PM · Sep 28, 2020
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