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Swedish Deputy Minister of Environment and Climate Change Eva Svedling visited India's Maharashtra state to discuss climate policy and sustainable environmental solutionsAccording to the Indian Express, environmental protection was the central theme of the discussions held between the Swedish Minister and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam. They also discussed possible collaboration with the state for the development of sustainable environmental solutions.

The discussions revealed that cleaner transport is a top priority for both nations. Svedling said that Sweden has vast experience in the fields of waste management and adapting to renewable energy.

“Through this visit we will share our experiences with Maharashtra and engage in policy dialogue,” said Svedling.

“Sweden and Swedish businesses are ready to work with India on the important transformation taking place, when it comes to smart and healthy cities, renewable energy and more,” added Svedling.

The Minister went on to say that Swedish companies offer attractive solutions in smart energy, urban transportation, waste management and air quality.

She stressed the importance of a policy framework dedicated to sustainable development in line with Sweden’s new climate law. The Indian Express reports that Sweden has introduced a new climate law which aims at attaining a goal of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 and a 70%t cut to emissions in the domestic transport sector by 2030.

On the topic of technology exchange, Svedling said that Sweden’s waste-to-energy model and its increased dependency on hydroelectric energy are some of the things that India could adopt.

India boosts efforts to increase EV adoption

In related news, the Indian government announced plans to reduce the size of batteries of electric buses operating in the country under efforts to reduce the prices of EVs.

The government said it wants all EV buses with 300KWh batteries to reduce their battery capacities to 50KWh.

It is expected that reducing the necessary battery capacity, will reduce the total costs of EV buses thereby allowing increased adoption and use of EVs.

The plan falls under efforts by the government to reduce the cost of EVs and make bus travel cheaper.

According to Live Mint, "the government is expecting electric vehicle (EV) prices to drop over the next five years and trigger a shift from internal-combustion vehicles to EVs."

In addition, the plan will allow an increase in the development of EV charging stations for charging and swapping of drained EV batteries along short distances and highways. Read more...

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