Energy ministers want to strengthen Nordic leadership in global energy transition
The Nordic region will have the most integrated and intelligent sustainable energy solutions. Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy Ibrahim Baylan and the Nordic energy ministers have adopted a declaration on strengthening Nordic leadership in the global energy transition. They also encouraged the Nordic business sector to draw up proposals for promoting Nordic exports of climate-smart clean energy technologies.
The declaration was adopted at this year's Nordic Energy Ministerial Meeting in Lund on 22 May, led by Mr Baylan. It means that the Nordic countries will continue to pioneer the increased use of renewable energy. The ministers also want to deepen Nordic cooperation in research, development and innovation in climate-smart energy. The aim is to ensure the Nordic region has the most integrated and intelligent sustainable energy solutions.
"The Nordic countries are taking a leading position in efforts to develop climate-smart energy. We want to further strengthen Nordic leadership when it comes to innovation in clean energy technologies," says Mr Baylan.
Business sector encouraged to propose sustainable export solutions
The Nordic energy ministers also agreed that in a letter they would encourage selected Nordic business and energy organisations to submit concrete proposals to strengthen Nordic exports of sustainable energy technologies. The business sector's proposals will then be raised on the agenda of next year's energy ministerial meeting in Iceland.
"We need more Nordic cooperation to achieve new export successes on markets for sustainable energy solutions, a field in which international competition will increase more and more," says Mr Baylan.
Sweden holds the Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2018. In connection to this year's Nordic Energy Ministerial Meeting, the two international conferences, Mission Innovation (MI) and Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), will be held in Malmö and Copenhagen, respectively, on 23 and 24 May. Energy ministers from the G20 and Nordic countries will take part. The Nordic countries, together with the European Commission and the Nordic Council of Ministers, are hosting the MI and CEM.
Nordic Council of Ministers
The Nordic Council of Ministers is the official forum for Nordic governmental cooperation. The Council works for common solutions to achieve positive effects in the Nordic region. The Council comprises the five Nordic countries, as well as Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. The presidency rotates between the five member countries for one year at a time. Sweden assumed the presidency on 1 January 2018.
Global energy meetings in the Öresund region
On 21–25 May, Nordic Clean Energy Week will be held in different locations in Malmö, Lund and Copenhagen. The Nordic energy ministers will hold their annual meeting on 22 May. On 23 and 24 May, the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial and third Mission Innovation will bring together energy ministers from the Nordic countries, the EU and the G20 countries to advance the development of clean energy.