China will stick by Paris Agreement commitments

According to the FT, China will stick by Paris Agreement commitments. And so will India. Europe of course will too (at least it will say that it is going to, even if it backslides). The exact quote was “As a responsible developing country China’s plan determination and policy to tackle climate change is resolute”, according to […]

Wake up call

This is a wake up call. According to Bloomberg, pre-work for the G20 Finance Ministers meeting next week, has issued a communique that abandons the commitment for western government to fund poorer country efforts with $100bn by 2020. Evidently, the G20 Finance Ministers now say that cash is scarce, and that “the gap should be filled by the market economy, […]

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 ups rhetoric and ambition on EU ETS reform

Svenska Dagbladet, a leading Swedish newspaper, today reports on the strong rhetoric and proposals from the Swedish government on European emissions targets. The Deputy Prime Minster, Isabella Lövin, and Industry Minister, Mikael Damberg, want the cancellation of EUAs, rather than storage in a reserve, sending a clear price signal to the market.  In addition, the government wants to be […]

Obama pokes a stick in Trump’s wheel: Swede to Chair International Energy Agency

As Renovamus reported was likely a fortnight ago, the job to chair the ministerial meeting of the International Energy Agency (IEA) has gone to the Swedish Energy Minister, Ibrahim Baylan. Both the Swedish government and IEA have made announcements on their websites confirming this today. According to the IEA the ministers meet to discuss the IEAs […]

Swedish Minister to chair IEA

First the UN Security Council and now the IEA. Sweden is building a very strong position to influence global energy initiatives. According to Dagens Industri, Sweden’s leading business paper,it has been agreed that Ibrahim Baylan (S), the Swedish Minister for Energy, will be appointed chair of the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA, with members from 29 member states, works […]

Marrakesh: A signal that old energy’s back is broken

Last week the FT wrote that ‘Marrakesh sent a strong signal on climate change‘, and ‘Donald Trump’s sweeping victory in the US presidential election has revealed a profound shift in the world’s commitment to fixing one of its most intractable problems: climate change. But it is not the shift that might have been expected after the […]