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A holistic take on climate solutions

Introduction by Dagfinn Høybråten,
Secretary-General of the Nordic Council of Ministers

A holistic take on climate solutions
The holistic and human perspectives will be strong common denominators when the Nordic countries present their climate solutions in conjunction with the UN global climate negotiations, COP22, in Marrakech, 7-18 November.

Sustainable building and liveable, smart and sustainable cities are a priority area in the Nordic collaboration, which offers many examples of comprehensive solutions with people in focus. In this edition of “Green Growth the Nordic Way” you can learn about how smart Nordic energy solutions to common urban issues shorten the route towards the Nordic carbon-neutral scenario – a scenario that need not cost the earth to implement.

The Nordic market is a living laboratory for climate-smart solutions. In a preview of the Nordic Green to Scale project, we present some Nordic low-carbon success stories that, if they were scaled up in other parts of the world, could make a substantial contribution to attainment of the goals in the Paris Agreement. You can also read about the Nordic Prime Ministers’ initiative for tackling climate change and other global challenges.

At COP22 in Marrakech, the Nordic solutions will be presented under the banner New Nordic Climate Solutions #NNCS. I hope that the solutions presented in this edition of “Green Growth the Nordic Way” provide an inspiring start to the coming weeks’ climate debate.

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Dagfinn Høybråten
Secretary-General, Nordic Council of Ministers

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Urban Energy Systems – Nordic cities lead the way in decarbonisation

The world is becoming increasingly urbanised and the Nordic countries are no exception. About 85 per cent of the region’s population of 26 million live in cities and urban areas, with Oslo currently the fastest growing major city in Europe. According to the Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2016, the progressive climate plans and energy technology options available in Nordic cities could be important drivers for mitigating climate change and moving the world’s energy systems toward carbon-neutrality.

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Decarbonising energy systems is economically viable

Decarbonising energy systems is economically viable

The transition toward a low-carbon energy system is often considered a daunting task, both technologically and economically. Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives 2016 (NETP 2016) has estimated the investments needed to attain carbon neutrality in the Nordic region by 2050. The conclusion is that, while achieving the carbon-neutral scenario outlined in the report will require significantly different investment patterns, decarbonising the region will not cost the world.

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Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges – new PMs’ initiative and programme for the 2030 Agenda

The Nordic Prime Ministers have decided to launch a new collaborative programme, Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges, as a direct response to many of the most pressing issues specified in the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The initiative will focus on innovative Nordic solutions for carbon-neutral development, sustainable cities, food and welfare, and gender equality. In addition, a new sustainable development programme is under way, aimed at implementing the 2030 Agenda through extensive stakeholder engagement.

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Nordic Green to Scale shows potential of scaling up Nordic low-carbon solutions

Scale-up of fifteen Nordic climate solutions can reduce global emissions by 4Gt

The Nordic Green to Scale project has identified fifteen low-carbon solutions that have been successfully implemented in the Nordic region, and analysed their scalability and potential to reduce emissions if they were applied globally. The results will be released at the Nordic Pavilion at the COP 22 conference in Marrakech on 16 November.

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