Strengthened cooperation during meeting of energy ministers in China

The visit of Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy, Ibrahim Baylan, to Beijing in June contributed to strengthened relations with several of the world’s largest economies and provided opportunities to promote Swedish know-how and companies. An action plan for Sweden’s continued bilateral energy cooperation with China was also agreed.

Inside one of the CEM sessions
The energy ministers during a session at Clean Energy Ministerial in Beijing, China. Photo: Gunilla Hjalmarson/Government Offices

Two thirds of global emissions of greenhouse gases come from the energy sector. The global transition to sustainable energy is crucial for achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement. To hasten progress, energy ministers from the world's largest economies were hosted by the Chinese government in Beijing on 6–8 June 2017 within the framework of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) global forum and the Mission Innovation (MI) global initiative.

Mr Baylan represented Sweden and participated in ministerial discussions and activities during the week, as well as bilateral meetings with United States Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, China's Minister of Science and Technology, Wan Gang, and President of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Jin Liqun.

"Cooperation is the only way forward in order to manage the climate change challenge and transition to sustainable energy. Discussions during the week in Beijing confirmed that Sweden has common interests with several other countries and that there are good opportunities to develop our bilateral cooperation on the journey towards a sustainable energy system," says Mr Baylan.

Mr Baylan also launched the C3E initiative, which is to highlight and strengthen women's leadership and participation in the energy transition. Together with European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič, Mr Baylan also announced that next year's ministerial meetings will take place in Malmö and Copenhagen on 23–24 May, co-hosted by the EU, the Nordic countries and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Swedish-Chinese energy cooperation gathers pace

During the week, Mr Baylan and China's Director of the National Energy Administration, Nur Bekri, followed up the memorandum of understanding on Swedish-Chinese cooperation in the energy area, which was signed by the countries in March 2017, by signing an action plan for the coming years. According to the action plan, cooperation will particularly focus on the implementation of initiatives, activities and dialogue together with government agencies, researchers and industry in the following areas:

  • The promotion and development of renewable energy technologies within the areas of wind power, solar energy and storage technologies.
  • Energy efficiency and environmentally friendly technologies for sustainable urban development.
  • The development of technologies for smart electricity grids and efficient electricity transmission.

Together with the Swedish Ambassador to China, Anna Lindstedt, and several Swedish companies, Mr Baylan also inaugurated the Swedish Energy Agency's Cleantech Hubs programme in China.

"I believe that the Swedish Energy Agency's Cleantech Hubs will create great opportunities for Swedish companies to expand in various markets. Increased business relations between Swedish and Chinese companies within cleantech help to contribute to our common objectives," says Mr Baylan.

The Cleantech Hubs programme will promote and spread world-leading Swedish renewable energy and energy efficiency innovations on the global market in the long-term.

About Clean Energy Ministerial and Mission Innovation

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) global forum and the Mission Innovation (MI) global initiative gather some 20 countries that account for 75 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions and 90 per cent of the investments in sustainable energy to promote the development and spread of sustainable energy solutions.

CEM’s focus is to accelerate the global transition to energy efficiency and increase the volume and availability of sustainable energy. Sweden has been an active participant since the forum was set up in 2010.

MI’s goal is to dramatically accelerate the rate of innovation in environmental technologies (cleantech). Sweden has been an active participant since it was set up in 2015.