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The Prime Ministers' Green Growth Projects

“The Nordic Region – leading in green growth” is the Nordic Prime Ministers shared green growth initiative under the auspices of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Green growth is a key priority for Nordic co-operation in the next few years and Nordic partnerships in this field have the potential to create a larger regional market, give a political lead in the EU, improve joint infrastructures and provide critical mass for future developments.

The Nordic Prime Ministers’ green growth initiative is a vision based on the joint utilization of Nordic strengths in a number of areas including:

1. Developing Nordic test centres for green solutions

The energy ministers, in collaboration with the ministers for trade, research, transport and agriculture, have been commissioned to study the opportunities for developing Nordic cooperation around existing national schemes so that energy technologies can be tested and developed on a large scale, and also to study the opportunities and added value to be derived from establishing new joint Nordic test and demonstration facilities.

2. Working together on education, training and research for green growth

The education and research ministers have been commissioned to map the opportunities and quantify the added value of working together on national education, training and research initiatives of significance to green growth.

3. Promoting flexible consumption of electricity

The energy ministers, in collaboration with the trade ministers, have been commissioned to reinforce the focus on the demand side in the co-operation on questions concerning the electricity market in the Nordic Region, e.g. promoting flexible consumption of electricity and co-ordinating the development and implementation of smart networks, including electricity meters.

4. Working together on green-technology norms and standards

The trade ministers, in collaboration with the energy and housing ministers, have been commissioned to identify the 4–5 most important areas in construction in which technical norms and standards would be suited to co-ordination at Nordic level. The energy ministers, in collaboration with the trade and environment ministers, have been commissioned to endeavour to raise the level of ambition in EU work on eco-design and energy-labelling requirements for various types of products.

5. Working together on green procurement in the public sector

The trade ministers, in collaboration with the ministers for the environment and energy, have been commissioned to initiate work that is designed, in the first instance, to identify areas and product groups in which green procurement standards are most efficient in comparison with other instruments; and, as a second step, to study the opportunities for co-ordinating green procurement standards at Nordic level.

6. Developing techniques and methods for waste treatment

The environment ministers, in collaboration with the energy and trade ministers, have been commissioned to develop joint Nordic methods and technology for selected types of waste in which there is known potential, e.g. building and construction waste, food waste and scrap metal, in order to create a resource-effective life cycle in the waste-treatment sector.

7. Promoting the integration of environmental and climate considerations into development aid

The Nordic aid/development ministers have been commissioned to promote the co-ordination of Nordic development aid, reinforce the green emphasis and study opportunities for the further development of the Nordic Climate Facility.

8. Co-ordinating and improving funding for green investment and companies.

The ministers of finance, in co-operation with the ministers of trade and energy, have been commissioned to make proposals for how they can co-ordinate and increase their efforts in the financial institutions in which the Nordic countries are key players, to support the financing of emerging green companies and investments.