Schultz Environment Blog

Environment in a broad sense,transports and energy issues. From my local point of view with a global touch!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Why does the Swedish government want us to cycle indoors instead of outdoors?
Each EU citizen is responsible for 11 tonnes of greenhouse gas emission per year and out of them 9 tonnes are emissions of carbon dioxide. Imagine what each person can do about his/her carbon dioxide footprint. But it isn’t just up to the individual to change. The financial and economic system also has to be changed, at least the way they are applied. It has to pay off better to behave in an environmentally friendly way.

In Sweden for instance you get paid by your employer if you go to the gym and exercise spinning on a bicycle during worktime, without being taxed for this. But if you commute by bike to your work the employer can’t award this without taxation for both employer and employee. This is just one example of inappropriate taxation from an environmental view.


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