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Sweden and France join forces for speedy implementation of the Paris Agreement
Swedish deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin and the French State Secretary Brune Poirson met today in Stockholm to agree on joint efforts to speed up the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. The meeting took place one week after the EU agreement on Member states’ climate objectives and just after the closing of the pre-COP-meeting in Fiji preparing the coming global climate negotiations.
Sweden and France agree on the urgent need for implementation of the Paris agreement and green innovation development. The importance of next weeks' IPCC meeting aiming to bring forward a scientific underpinning of the climate targets of the Paris agreement was highlighted.
"Scientific studies show that the stability of life support systems are still at risk. Countries, regions, cities and business now all need to step up and move beyond commitments in the Paris agreement. Otherwise we will fail on our joint global goal to limit warming to well below two degrees and make efforts to stay below 1,5 degrees" said Ms Lövin and Ms Poirson.
Sweden and France agreed to work more closely to find ways to reinforce EU climate leadership. To do so, they envisage to develop a permanent dialog in the framework of the Green Growth Group (a block of 16 countries within the EU).
The two countries agreed on the need for the EU to be ready to raise its climate ambition in conjunction with the facilitative dialogue 2018.
In this GGG framework, Sweden and France wish also to work towards ensuring that the post 2020 European budget (Multiannual Financial Framework) is aligned to the temperature goals in the Paris Agreement.
In particular, both Ministers agreed that over the coming decade it will be of utmost importance for the EU to bring down vehicle emissions. Sweden and France will cooperate with the aim to speed up action and policies within EU to develop a real European industrial policy to develop competitiveness in sustainable technologies.
The coming EU Commission's proposal for new CO2 standards for cars needs to be very ambitious and include clear targets for 2025 and tentative targets for the long term, around 2030, aiming at pursuing a shift to zero-emissions vehicles. Electrification of transport also needs to speed up.
In the perspective of the Paris Climate Summit scheduled on 12 December, they also agreed to coordinate their action on green finance to speed up initiatives to shift financial flows towards a low carbon economy.
Ms Lövin and Ms Poirson both declared that these measures were not only in the interest of EU citizens' protection against climate risk but also in the interest of EU's own competitiveness as green economy opportunities are being missed.