Here we go again. This December, the world’s decision-makers will gather in Paris for COP21 to have another go at slowing the pace of global climate change. The nations of the world must commit to limiting their emissions of greenhouse gases, and COP21 in Paris may indeed be one of mankind’s last chances to save our civilisation.
The Nordic Countries have a long history of applying economic instruments as a key element of their environmental policies. Their results show how such policies can change behaviour and reduce emissions, while also stimulating the economy.
Den nordiske forskningsorganisation NordForsk fejrede sit 10-års jubilæum i Oslo d. 8. oktober 2015. Jubilæumskonferencen bød på en debat om fremtidens model for de nordiske landes forskningssamarbejde, hvor massemigration, klima og forskning i data fra landenes enestående sundhedsregistre bliver centrale emner.
The Nordic Council of Ministers would like to partake of the proceedings in the lead up to COP21 with a "New Nordic Climate Solutions”-blog. The aim of this blog is to contribute to the climate dialogue in the search for new green solutions – from a Nordic perspective, but with a global outlook.
The Nordic region is located on top of the world, so to speak, with a large portion of the Nordic countries reaching into the Arctic. But in global rankings on a number of core business and environment areas, the Nordic countries are also consistently “top of the world”.
The business case for a circular economy is compelling. Studies show that the global economy could benefit immensely from a more circular approach, embodied in material savings, emissions reductions and job creation.
The Nordic region constitutes the world’s 12th largest and the EU’s 5th largest economy – an economy that has experienced a prolonged and dramatic decoupling of emissions and economic growth. Part of the reason for this is the common Nordic electricity market and the use of economic incentives to promote sustainable energy.
In the Nordic countries, holistic thinking and a strong sense of social responsibility are important factors in the successful development of sustainable building and sustainable city planning. This includes public regulation and planning, as well as research and development by industries in the private sector.
Energy efficiency has been a key enabler in the decoupling of GDP and emissions that has taken place in the Nordic region. Nordic governments have facilitated energy savings through a number of initiatives across multiple sectors. Public research funding for energy efficiency in the region has been substantial and has doubled over the past decade.
Försvarssamarbetet mellan Sverige och Finland fördjupas allt mer. Någon slutlig gräns för samarbetet finns inte, och ingen vill tala högt om en försvarsallians. Bland annat det kom fram under en debatt på Nordens dag i Almedalen.