A new bill that would restrict new pollution laws in Sweden is expected to be voted on next week, setting the stage for further action.
Under the proposed law, Sweden would only require companies to pay environmental protection fines if they have more than 500 people working in the area, or have a minimum of 30 employees in that area.
The bill is also expected to reduce the amount of time a company can delay pollution fines to two years, from five years.
The bill was introduced in October by Swedish Green Party leader Stefan Linde and was adopted by the country’s parliament in November.
Linde said that the move was necessary to protect the environment, noting that Sweden has the third largest population in the world.
Sweden has been a leader in tackling air pollution, which has killed nearly 2 million people since 1980.
Last year, more than 10,000 people were diagnosed with COPD, a condition that causes heart attacks, strokes, and other respiratory ailments.
Swedes have also been forced to adapt to an unprecedented increase in CO2 levels, which have caused the climate to warm and acidify the oceans.
The climate change phenomenon has led to a rise in sea levels, and many cities are seeing significant flooding, especially in the north.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven recently called on the country to reduce CO2 emissions and called on its citizens to take action.
“We cannot continue to be complacent about the environment and we cannot be indifferent to the problems,” Lofvond said in a statement last month.
“Our country has been the leader in reducing CO2 in the atmosphere and we will continue to work on the reduction of emissions,” he added.