Press release from Ministry of the Environment

Sweden becomes government partner and board member of US-led climate coalition

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At the request of the United States, Sweden has joined the First Movers Coalition (FMC). Sweden will also sit on the FMC advisory board. The FMC brings together companies and countries that are leading the climate transition by driving the development of climate-smart products. Four major Swedish companies are already members of the FMC.

“Sweden will show the world that the climate transition can create jobs and growth, as it does with Swedish companies leading the way in developing the climate-smart solutions and products that are needed to reduce emissions. By joining the FMC as a government partner, we will now have a further opportunity to drive global climate action,” says Minister for Climate and the Environment Annika Strandhäll.

As a government partner, Sweden is committed to encouraging more Swedish companies to join the FMC and to spotlighting the FMC as a tool to accelerate global climate action. The FMC encompasses seven sectors that account for 30 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions: aluminium, aviation, chemicals, cement, shipping, steel and trucking. In addition to the United States and Sweden, the FMC advisory board also includes India and Japan. Italy, Norway and the UK are also partner countries in FMC.

Press contact

Tove Kullenberg
Press Secretary to the Minister for Climate and the Environment Annika Strandhäll
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Mobile + 46 73 842 50 59
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Albin Nordin
Press Secretary to the Minister for Climate and the Environment Annika Strandhäll
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00
Mobile +46 73 088 83 24
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First Movers Coalition

The First Movers Coalition (FMC) was launched by US President Joe Biden at the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow in 2021. Scania, SSAB, Vattenfall and the Volvo Group have been involved in the FMC from the start. The US is now broadening the FMC and Sweden has been invited to be a government partner and sit on the FMC’s advisory board. This gives Sweden an opportunity to share its experiences of global climate action and drive the implementation of the Paris Agreement. In addition to the US and Sweden, India and Japan will also sit on the board. Italy, Norway and the UK are also FMC government partners.

Stockholm+50

On 2–3 June, Sweden and Kenya will co-host the UN high-level meeting Stockholm+50 in Stockholm. This year marks 50 years since the first UN conference on the human environment – the 1972 Stockholm Conference – was held, which was initiated by Olof Palme. The aim of Stockholm+50 is to commemorate the 50th anniversary as well as to help increase the pace of the transition towards a sustainable and green society, more jobs and an environment in balance for everyone, where no one is left behind.