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Press release from Ministry of the Environment

Government brings together companies, municipalities and organisations for Fossil-free Sweden

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Sweden will become one of the world’s first fossil-free welfare countries, with an energy system based on renewable energy sources. Ahead of the climate change conference in Paris, the Government is launching the Fossil-free Sweden initiative, where Swedish companies, municipalities and organisations are given the opportunity to highlight their climate change efforts. At the same time, the world’s countries and companies are challenged to take part in a race to become fossil-free.

Many cities, municipalities and companies in Sweden are already pointing the way towards a fossil-free society through their active climate change efforts. Ahead of the climate change conference in Paris, the Government wants to give these actors the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership, under a Swedish umbrella, to an international audience. The objective is to show the ongoing efforts in Sweden – while challenging other actors and countries to boost their commitment. 

“There is already great interest in the business world, in cities and municipalities, which is very positive. These actors play a main role in developing products and solutions that are needed for a fossil-free society,” says Minister for Climate and the Environment Åsa Romson.

ABB Sverige is one of several companies that support the initiative.

“The transition to renewable energy used properly is one of the most important issues of our time and we must go from words to action. Fossil-free Sweden is a call to all of us to take part in the work to curb climate change,” says Johan Söderström, CEO of ABB Sverige.

The companies, cities and other actors taking part in Fossil-free Sweden endorse the following message ahead of Paris: 

1. The world needs to become fossil-free. We welcome the fact that Sweden is taking the lead. This will create a better environment, more attractive cities and new opportunities for jobs.

2. Our activities will contribute. By presenting our own concrete measures to reduce climate emissions within the framework of the UN Action Agenda, we demonstrate to the whole world our determination to act here and now.

3. We challenge others, in Sweden and throughout the world. We invite our counterparts to join in, start their own initiatives and challenge themselves and us. 

Companies, municipalities and organisations already taking part in the initiative include:
ABB Sverige, Fourth AP Fund, H&M, Preem, the City of Stockholm, the City of Gothenburg, the City of Malmö, Östersund, Uppsala, Växjö, the Haga Initiative and the Climate Municipalities.  

 

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Helena Hellström Gefwert
Press Secretary to Minister for Climate and Environment Åsa Romson
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00