Sweden Incentivizes Repairing instead of Buying

August 2, 2017 by Shanna Edberg

Sweden is implementing tax breaks and refunds on repairs in order to incentivize consumers to repair broken objects rather than replace them. This measure is intended to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions related to consumption. It also will help grow the service industry for home repairs, which may help immigrants without formal education to find jobs.

Climate Protection: Reduces greenhouse gases from consumption and waste Energy & Mobility: Saves energy from manufacturing and transporting goods Jobs & Assets: Creates local jobs, saves consumers money Connection: Reduces throwaway culture

This post is part of a series on examples of ​multisolving, or climate-smart policies that simultaneously work to mitigate climate change while providing co-benefits such as the ones described above. The multiple benefits analysis was done using the ​FLOWER framework.