Last night in Sweden: the government continued to govern

Last night in Sweden: the government continued to govern As Renovamus has said for a while, you can expect this Swedish government to be up for a fight when it comes to values. One UK journalist has spotted the link (röd tråd) between the activist mentality that underlies the issues of women’s health, feminism, freedom of the […]

Sweden’s Deputy PM trolling Trump

The international press asks the question ‘Is this Sweden’s Deputy PM trolling Trump?‘ I’ll provide my answer.  Swedish humour is subtle, but Swedes profound dislike for the ‘leader of the free world’ cant be disputed. As Renovamus said (italics below), you should expect more assertive Swedish climate diplomacy. This is a beginning. This country of 10 million people currently has a […]

Sweden’s new climate law to be in force in 2018

One country is not blinking – Sweden’s new climate law to be in force in 2018. This morning, at a press conference the Prime Minister announced that his government was to submit a new climate law to the Riksdag. The proposed law will follow normal parliamentary procedures, including committees and debate before a final vote. Given that […]

Further evidence of Sweden preparing for climate action

Today Germany, Canada and Mexico announced strategies to ‘drastically cut their emissions by mid-century‘. Sweden was notably absent from the headlines on this. Curious.  Nonetheless, the last week has brought further evidence of Sweden preparing for climate action, consistent with their Miljömålsberedningen agreement (covered at length in an earlier blog). In case you missed that, one […]

Sweden to become the first fossil-free industrial state

Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven says that Sweden will become the first fossil-free industrial state.  Is that really going to happen, and, if so, what does it mean?  This analysis was coauthored by Sean Williams (Renovamus) and Magnus Nilsson, a Swedish consultant on green issues, and a frequent commentator in the Swedish press.  The timing for its publication […]

Government wants Sweden to be cleantech leader

The first draft of Sweden’s new climate policy is out.  With this legislation the Swedish government seeks to kill two birds with one stone (or as a Swede would say ‘two flies with the one swat’); becoming both the most ambitious industrialised nation in terms of its climate policies, and playing to its strengths in innovation, setting […]

Denmark takes $1 billion of funds from banks for not being green enough

One of the less-discussed features of the Paris Agreement was the way that it allowed and encouraged all actors to take initiative.  This was quite different under Kyoto, which functioned at the national and supranational level. Recently we have seen 3 Nordic countries stake their mark.  In 2015 Oslo announced that it was divesting from all coal investments. […]