The consistency with which the Nordic countries focus on green growth and scaleable solutions to climate change was one of the messages highlighted by Dagfinn Høybråten, the Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, in a speech to the UN climate conference, COP22, in Marrakech on Thursday.
“We always adopt a long-term perspective and seek solutions that others can use as well,” the Secretary General said as he conveyed greetings from the Nordic Council of Ministers to the UN conference.
Høybråten described the Nordic Region as a living laboratory, in which the countries test and improve models before sharing the knowledge and experience with the rest of the world.
“If the trend is to move in the right direction, then we must work together at regional as well as global level and include the business sector to a greater extent than ever before,” he said.
The integrated Nordic electricity market and use of renewable energy sources have demonstrated that it is perfectly possible to cut carbon emissions significantly without adversely affecting growth.
“The solutions of the future will depend on our ability to work together,” the Secretary General stressed.