Working with roadmaps
Sweden will be Climate neutral by the year 2045. To achieve this goal different industries are presenting their roadmaps for a fossil free future with increased competitiveness.
The Fossil Free Sweden initiative was launched by the Swedish Government ahead of the COP 21 climate change conference in Paris in 2015. It gathers stakeholders from all sectors of society who share the vision of Sweden being one of the world’s first fossil free welfare nations and are themselves prepared to contribute to the transition. Today, more than 400 companies, municipalities, regions, and organisations are taking part in the initiative.
A national coordinator, was appointed to support the stakeholders in their transition to a fossil free society by identifying obstacles and opportunities, and encouraging politicians to create the right conditions to enable the stakeholders to reduce their emissions more quickly.
Industry takes the lead
In 2017, the Swedish Parliament adopted a climate policy framework that included the goal of making Sweden climate neutral by 2045. Based on this decision, Fossil Free Sweden has encouraged different business sectors to draw up their own roadmaps as to how they will be fossil free while also increasing competitiveness.
In the roadmaps, these business sectors describe when and how they will be fossil free, what technological solutions need to be developed, what investments need to be made and what obstacles need to be removed. The roadmaps also contain proposals from the sectors for commitments by business stakeholders, and they also put forward political solutions.
The work on the roadmaps has been led by industry organisations or corporations and has been broad-based and transparent, and included large sections of participating industrial sectors. The sectors own their roadmaps and are responsible for the visions, goals and the policy proposals that are presented. Fossil Free Sweden has provided a framework and a template for the process.
Together, the roadmaps form a sort of jigsaw puzzle of Sweden that tangibly shows how different parts of greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced while strengthening competitiveness and it also shows common challenges, and also conflicting goals among the industries.
Participation has been voluntary and that so many sectors have chosen produce a roadmap is a sign of a change of attitude that has taken place in many parts of the business world in recent years, where reducing greenhouse gas emissions is no longer considered a burden; instead it is a natural step towards strengthening competitiveness.
The roadmaps for fossil free competitiveness show the Swedish business sector that there is no contradiction between growth and reduced emissions; they are instead prerequisites for a modern welfare state.
13 roadmaps have so far been handed over to the Swedish Government and more are under production.
Contact at Fossil Free Sweden:
Malin Strand, project manager
+46 76 139 8710