France and Sweden cooperate to speed up climate action

Climate – France and Sweden join forces for a swift implementation of the Paris Agreement – Communiqué issued by the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition

Paris, 20 October 2017

Swedish Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin and French Minister of State [for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition] Brune Poirson met in Stockholm today to agree on joint efforts to speed up the implementation of the Paris Agreement on the climate. The meeting was held a week after the European agreement on member states’ climate targets and just after the closure of the pre-COP meeting in Fiji, in preparation for the forthcoming climate negotiations.

The meeting was also held in the framework of preparations for the Franco-Swedish strategic partnership on green innovation, due to be launched by President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Gothenburg on 17 November, and for the climate summit to be held in Paris on 12 December.

France and Sweden agree on the urgent need to implement the Paris Agreement. The importance of next week’s IPCC meeting – aimed at providing scientific back-up for the Paris Agreement’s climate targets – was emphasized.

Scientific studies demonstrate that the stability of ecosystems is still in danger. States, regions, cities and businesses must now step up their efforts to go beyond their commitments in the Paris Agreement. “Otherwise we’re going to fail in our joint target of limiting global warming to under 2ºC and our efforts to remain under 1.5ºC,” said Isabella Lövin and Brune Poirson.

France and Sweden agreed to work more closely to find ways of strengthening the European Union’s leadership on the climate. To this end, the two countries plan to develop ongoing dialogue in the framework of the Green Growth Group or GGG (a bloc made up of 16 countries in the EU).

The two countries agreed on the need for the EU to be ready to increase its climate ambition, in conjunction with the international discussions planned in 2018.

In the framework of the GGG, France and Sweden would also like to work to ensure that the post-2020 European budget (the Multiannual Financial Framework) is in line with the Paris Agreement’s temperature targets.

Among other things, the two ministers agreed that in the coming decades it will be paramount for the EU to bring down vehicle emissions. France and Sweden will cooperate to speed up action and policies within the EU to develop a genuine European industrial policy, in order to develop competitiveness in the field of renewable energy, particularly electric batteries and second-generation biofuels. At the same time, they decided to coordinate their positions on the goal of halting imported deforestation by 2020.

The European Commission’s proposal on new standards for CO2 emitted by cars must be very ambitious and include clear targets for 2025 and indicative targets for the long term, up to 2030, aimed at continuing the transition to zero-emissions vehicles. The transition to electric transport must also be speeded up.

With a view to the Paris climate summit set for 12 December, they agreed to coordinate their actions on green finance, in order to speed up initiatives taken at European level to redirect financial flows towards a low-carbon economy, measure and reduce the carbon footprint and improve the criteria for developing green bonds. Finally, they agreed to share good practice in terms of financing energy-efficient buildings, by adapting and developing shared European financial tools in the sector.

Isabella Lövin and Brune Poirson both said these measures are not only in the interest of protecting European Union citizens against climate risk but also support the competitiveness of Europe, which is currently not taking advantage of all the opportunities of the green economy./.

Published on 26/10/2017

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