Sweden and California strengthen cooperation on climate action
Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate Isabella Lövin and California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr has signed a letter of cooperation focusing on climate change. During a meeting in state capital Sacramento Ms Lövin also announced Sweden’s support for California’s Under2 Coalition initiative.
The letter of cooperation is a first step towards deeper Swedish-Californian cooperation on climate action. Sweden and California will work together to raise global ambitions in the climate area for example by focusing on supporting non-state actors in the lead up to coming climate negotiations.
"California is the world's sixth largest economy and an important force in global efforts to tackle climate change. We look forward to constructive and enhanced cooperation in areas such as research, innovation, trade and industry, policies, policy levers and measures to reduce climate emissions," says Ms Lövin.
The Under2 Coalition, which Sweden supports, is an initiative that California and the German state of Baden-Württemberg launched ahead of the Paris Climate Conference. The Coalition is based on a commitment to reduce climate emissions by 80–95 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050, which corresponds to the level considered necessary to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. At present, 167 regions and countries have signed or endorsed the Coalition, which corresponds to more than a third of the global economy.