At a meeting in Helsinki on January 25, the Nordic ministers responsible for climate issues decided to speed up their climate actions. The Nordics aim to follow the 1.5 Degree Report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC in October even more closely when deciding on their policies. To tackle the climate crisis, the countries will raise the level of their climate ambition by 2020 and aim to achieve carbon neutrality sooner than other countries.
According to the joint declaration, cooperation will be increased in disseminating Nordic emissions abatement solutions, developing of technologies such as those for carbon capture and storage (CCS), curbing emissions in the transport sector, and maintaining and enhancing carbon sinks. The countries will also enhance their joint climate diplomacy and look for means to facilitate climate-friendly consumer choices. The progress of the measures will be discussed at the Nordic climate ministers’ meeting in October 2019.
”...We have now agreed to increase our ambitions and our cooperation in the climate area. We will also act more jointly in important international contexts and processes where the climate issue comes up. An important occasion will be at the high-level meeting for the climate, which the UN Secretary General has called for in September,” commented Isabella Lövin (MP), the Minister for the Environment and Climate, in a (press release).
Read the complete joint declaration here.