Press release from Ministry of the Environment

Isabella Lövin attends World Economic Forum

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On 22–23 January, Minister for Environment and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin is attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. The theme of this year’s meeting is Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World.

During the meeting, Ms Lövin and Indian Minister of State for Shipping and for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L. Mandayiva will chair a meeting of the Leadership Group for Industry Transition, which was launched by Sweden and India at the Climate Action Summit in New York in September. The companies and governments that are members of the Leadership Group, along with other key actors, will discuss the group’s priorities and how public-private partnership can strengthen the conditions for climate transition.

“I am delighted that the theme in Davos is about how businesses can contribute to sustainability and the climate transition. The Leadership Group is a way to really move this work from discussion into practice. As well as chairing the meeting with those who have already joined, in Davos I will meet many representatives from sectors such as the chemicals industry and the mining and metals industry, and I am very hopeful that more will join the Leadership Group. If there is no transition in heavy industry, the world will not be able to achieve the Paris Agreement’s 1.5-degree target,” says Ms Lövin.

At the WEF, Ms Lövin will take part in meetings of the WEF Platform on Shaping the Future of Global Public Goods and of the Friends of Ocean Action coalition, where leaders from the public, private and civil society sectors will discuss how to team up to accelerate and scale up ocean solutions beyond 2020.

She will also take part in a meeting on the Getting to Zero Coalition organised by the UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO). Actors who sign up to the initiative are committed to ensuring that zero-emission vessels are commercially available by 2030, thus contributing to the target of halving greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping by 2050.

Press contact

Robert Englund
Press Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00

Leadership Group for Industry Transition

The Leadership Group for Industry Transition was launched by Sweden and India at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York in September 2019, and is a group of countries, companies and other organisations that are working together to accelerate the climate transition of heavy industry.

In addition to Sweden and India, the following countries have joined so far: Argentina, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Australia and Denmark. The companies that have joined are: Dalmia Cement, DSM, Heathrow Airport, LKAB, Mahindra Group, Royal Schiphol Group, Scania, SpiceJet, SSAB, thyssenkrupp and Vattenfall.

Friends of Ocean Action

Friends of Ocean Action is a coalition, under the auspices of the World Economic Forum, with more than 50 leaders from business, civil society, international organisations, science and technology. Minister for Environment and Climate Isabella Lövin co-chairs the group alongside the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, Peter Thomson (on behalf of Fiji).