"It's an idiotic decision, I feel python about it," says Social Democratic municipal commissioner Magnus Jonsson in Ockelbo.
In 2018, he himself was involved in making the decision that all the municipality's diesel cars should be refueled with environmental diesel, or HVO100 as it is called at the gas stations. This has led to a sharp reduction in fossil emissions from the municipality's vehicles.
"The signal value is not good"
But now Magnus Jonsson, together with the municipal board, has decided that Ockelbo will go back to regular diesel again.
"I understand that the signal value of this is not good, but it was a necessary decision. There are no margins, says Magnus Jonsson (S).
He has been chairman of the municipal executive board in Ockelbo for 17 years and believes that the municipality is in a historically difficult financial situation. By stopping refuelling with environmental diesel, they save around half a million kronor a year.
"If there is no more money, we must review our staff. Can we have the same number of employees at the school, at the preschool or in elderly care? This is the fastest money deposited.
More municipalities are abandoning eco-diesel
Ockelbo is not alone in abandoning environmental diesel to save money. Another six municipalities state in SVT Nyheter's survey that they have decided to switch from environmental diesel to regular diesel for economic reasons. In addition, there are several municipalities that suspect that the issue may come up during the budget negotiations for 2024.
One of those who drive a municipal car daily in Ockelbo is Saif Altameemi, who works in home care. He thinks it was a good decision by the politicians to go back to regular diesel.
"The climate is very important, but little Ockelbo can't make much difference to the whole world's climate," he says.
Listen to SVT's reporter explain more about the difference between regular diesel and environmental diesel in the video above.