The last sentence evades me. What does the clause, 'they've committed to~' mean? I've referred to a number of dictionaries in vain.

But these influxes of renewable energy were achieved during extremely favourable conditions, and right now there's no way to store this energy for later use, which makes it hard to completely cut out fossil fuels. If Sweden has success in developing new energy storage technology, as they've committed to in their new budget, they could well lead the way. Let the race begin.

Sweden Sets Its Sights on Becoming The World's First Fossil Fuel-Free Nation

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The sense of commit being used here is this one:


2 b : to pledge or assign to some particular course or use
// commit all troops to the attack

In other words, they have agreed to the details of the new budget and (most likely) already moved the funds to the appropriate accounts under that plan.

  • Thank you, Mr. Bassford. Another question... Is 'to' a preposition? What is omitted after 'to' ?
    – Nofear
    Nov 11, 2018 at 4:20
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    @Nofear To is being used as a preposition. The object of committed comes before it in this case. They are committed to new energy storage technology, but the sentence structure is inverted: new energy storage technology, as they've committed to. Nov 11, 2018 at 5:33

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