Press release from Ministry of the Environment

Sweden launches global leadership group to reduce industry emissions


Sweden and India have launched a global leadership group to push the climate transition in heavy industry. The initiative was presented by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven during the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.

- Substantially reducing emissions from heavy industry is crucial if we are to be able to attain the goals of the Paris Agreement. In Sweden, we have come a long way in our industry transition, and co-leading this work gives us the opportunity to share our experiences and help accelerate the tranisition, says Mr Löfven.

The leadership group has been developed in cooperation with the World Economic Forum and will gather both private and public actors. The countries and companies that join the group must be ready to substantially raise and pursue efforts to reach net-zero carbon emissions by mid-century. This will be guaranteed through a series of ambitious commitments that the members of the leadership group must support. The leadership group will also work to promote innovation and technology exchange, and share experiences of how goverments, academic insitutions and businesses can cooperate to push the transition. The group will have regular meetings to report on progress and share experiences, including in connection with the UN’s climate negotiations.

- Only by working together can we solve the climate challenge. This is how we are working on industry transition in Sweden, and this is an opportunity to share this cooperation throughout the world. Industry transition is crucial to stopping climate change, says Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin.

In addition to Sweden and India, Argentina, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, South Korea and the United Kingdom have joined the group. Several international companies have also joined, including Indian Dalmia Cement and the German steel group ThyssenKrupp. Among the Swedish companies in the leadership group are Scania, which is conducting a project to develop fossil-free heavy goods vehicle transports and SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall, which, through their jointly owned company HYBRIT, are conducting a project to make steel without using coking coal.

About the Climate Action Summit

The Climate Action Summit in New York was called by the UN Secretary-General to mobilise forces on the global climate efforts. The summit was preceded by preparatory work in nine different thematic tracks. Sweden and India were chosen by the UN Secretary-General to lead the Industry Transition track.

Press contact

Gösta Brunnander
Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Jakob Lundgren
Press Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Mobile +46 72 206 08 92
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