International energy ministerial meetings in Öresund region

In May 2018, Sweden, the EU and the Nordic countries will together host major energy ministerial meetings. In connection with these meetings, the Öresund region will also host Nordic Clean Energy Week. Politicians, researchers and business representatives will come together to discuss future energy solutions.

Öresund Bridge
Öresund Bridge Photo: Ulf Lindgren

"I am looking forward to discussions, in Sweden, with the world's energy ministers and decision-makers on how to take joint responsibility for developing the sustainable energy solutions of tomorrow. The meetings will also provide fantastic opportunities to market Nordic energy technology expertise," says Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan, who will represent Sweden and lead parts of the meetings.

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) and the Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI) are parallel collaborations led by the energy ministers of the G20 and Nordic countries. The Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI3) will take place at Malmö Live on 23 May 2018, followed by the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) in Copenhagen on 24 May.

On 22 May, the Nordic energy ministerial meeting will be held in Lund. Sweden will hold the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2018.

Initiatives to accelerate clean-energy transition

The Clean Energy Ministerial and the Mission Innovation Ministerial bring together a group of countries that account for 75 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions and 90 per cent of the investments in clean energy. Initiatives aim to strengthen experience exchanges and legislative cooperation that can help accelerate the transition to clean energy, thereby reducing the energy sector's impact on the environment. The MI focuses on new solution development, while the CEM focuses on spreading market-ready solutions.

The MI aims to rapidly accelerate the pace of cleantech innovation. It was launched at the Climate Summit in Paris (COP21) in 2015, and Sweden has been an active participant since the outset. The MI secretariat function is divided between several countries and is led by the European Commission.

The CEM aims to accelerate the global rate of energy efficiency improvement and increase the volume and accessibility of sustainable energy. The CEM was launched at COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009 and Sweden has been an active participant since the forum began in 2010. The CEM Secretariat has been hosted by the International Energy Agency since January 2017.

The practical work of the MI and CEM partnerships takes place through specific initiatives and activities in several selected key areas, which member countries can choose to join. Areas in which international collaboration is currently being stepped up thanks to the CEM and the MI include smart electricity grids, electric vehicles, energy-efficient products and the management of the increasing share of variable energy sources in electricity grids.