Accelerated efforts required in order to secure business competitiveness in the green transition
The companies in the Haga Initiative work on a daily basis to transform our businesses and invest to speed up the climate transition. The government also needs to do their part to support and enable transformative efforts in the private sector. Therefore, the Haga Initiative is presenting its expectations for the government's upcoming climate action plan with nine business-critical proposals together with 42 suggested measures for a competitive and green private sector.
The report's nine business-critical proposals:
- Show political leadership – persistent, clear and foreseeable – to enable a competitive business sector and secure the 1.5 degree target
- Invest more in renewable energy near-term and more efficient energy consumption for the business sector’s climate transition
- Invest in the bioeconomy sector and strengthened food security as a strong business opportunity for Swedish industry and rural communities
- Make Sweden a front-runner in circular economy to secure value chains and economic growth
- Streamline permit processes for a rapid expansion of the green industries
- Formulate green industry policies that strengthen Swedish business competitiveness through beneficial framework conditions
- Invest in technical negative emissions with permanent storage as a new Swedish export industry
- Strengthen Swedish competence to implement the green transition
- Mobilize broad societal support for the climate transition – it will benefit businesses
Circular Business Models – Nordic opportunities and challenges in the new geopolitical landscape
The Nordic countries have a long history of being leaders in environmental and climate policy. However, many challenges remain as environmental destruction and climate emissions continue to occur on a large scale. The main reason is the current linear economic model. For a development in line with the Paris Agreement's 1.5 degree target, a transition to a circular economy is required.
The report identifies opportunities for the Nordic region to take global leadership in the transition to circular economy. The report highlights that leadership requires a joint strategy and increased cooperation within the Nordic region.
The report describes three areas where circular business models have a great potential and can provide multiple benefits for many sectors of society: 1) food production, 2) rare earths, metals and raw materials and 3) heat and renewable energy. The report highlights four opportunities where Nordic cooperation can play an important role:
- a common Nordic circular economy strategy focusing on high potential solutions and critical value chains,
- exchange experiences on circular economy tax reform,
- exchange experiences and harmonize standards, definitions and access to data,
- knowledge transfer and learning from the frontrunners.
The report has been produced within the project of the Climate Neutral Nordics, financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers.
Time to step up - Aligning EU policy with Paris Agreement
The European Green Deal, and the Paris Agreement’s 1.5-degree target, will have a significant influence on EU policy. Both will predominantly have impacts on the Green Deal regulations. Regarding this revision of policies, the Haga Initiative want to ensure that they align with the 1.5-degree ambition. This report covers the sectors of transport, trade, energy, food and forestry as well as the overall climate targets of the Union.
Climate Action Profitable: executive summary
Climate Action Profitable is a report from the Haga Initiative. It is based on a survey where approximately 300 Swedish companies shared their views on climate action and profitability. We asked how each company's profitability was affected by the company's climate change agenda.