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About the call

Climate change is proceeding at an alarming pace. In spite of the Paris Agreement, not enough concrete action has been taken to stop this negative trend. At this crucial moment of time, the European Union can and must step up.

The IPCC will soon provide a special report on how we are faring on the 1.5 degree Celsius target and in December, at COP24, countries will draw conclusions on how to accelerate action towards the goal.

The European Commission is currently preparing a proposal for a long-term strategy for the reduction of EU greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement and in view of the latest information.

We, the undersigned, call on the EU and its Member States to make the European Union Paris Agreement-proof, by setting and agreeing on new, sufficiently ambitious climate targets:

1. The EU should set a target for achieving net-zero emissions at the latest by 2050 or earlier taking the IPCC findings into account.

2. Based on the target, the EU should agree on a binding carbon budget for the remaining GHG emissions.

3. The EU should revise and align the 2030 and 2040 targets with the net-zero target.

The Nordic countries have already set the course towards climate neutrality. Norway is aiming for climate neutrality by 2030 and Sweden and Finland by 2045, while Denmark is aiming for a fossilfree, low emission society by 2050.

We, as Nordic non-state actors, support the swift and sustainable implementation of such goals with our own ambitious goals and actions. We firmly believe that not only can climate change be mitigated, but it can be done in such a way that does not harm economic development and, in many cases, leads to new profitable business models.

Nordic companies are investing in R&D targeting new carbon-free processes and products. All Nordic capitals and tens of other cities and municipalities are aiming to become climate neutral before 2040, several even by 2030. Several leading companies in the Nordics have already set, or are exploring ways to set, science-based net-zero targets by 2030, and a large majority said they could set net-zero GHG emissions targets in the right policy environment. We urge the EU and its member states to join us in building a carbon-free Europe.

The initiators:


By 21 April 2019, altogether 97 signatories supported the initiative.

  • 2050
  • Aalto University
  • ABB Sweden
  • Alecta
  • Axfood AB
  • Bank of Åland
  • Bengt Dahlgren
  • Borg & Co AB
  • Carlsberg Sverige
  • Castrén & Snellman Attorneys Ltd
  • Caverion Oyj
  • The Central Union of Agricultural Producers and Forest Owners (MTK)
  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • City of Espoo
  • City of Porvoo
  • City of Pyhäjärvi
  • City of Rauma
  • City of Stockholm
  • City of Tampere
  • City of Turku
  • Cleantech Östergötland
  • Climate Leadership Coalition
  • Coca-Cola European Partners Sverige
  • Confederation of Danish Industry (DI)
  • Confederation of Finnish Industries
  • Ensto Group
  • Fazer Group
  • Finance Finland
  • Finnish Energy
  • Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
  • Folkhem
  • Folksam Group
  • Fonus
  • Foodloopz
  • Fortum Oyj
  • Gaia Group Oy
  • Gasum Oy
  • Grant Thornton
  • Haga Initiative
  • Helen Ltd
  • Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council
  • HKScan Sweden
  • HSB Riksförbund
  • Ilmarinen
  • Ingeniørforeningen i Danmark, (IDA)
  • JB Sustainable Approach AB
  • JM AB
  • KONE Corporation
  • KRAV Ekonomisk förening
  • Kvadrat A/S
  • Lantmännen
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology
  • Lassila & Tikanoja Oyj
  • Löfbergs
  • MaaS Global
  • Martin & Servera AB
  • Merkur Andelskasse
  • Micropolis Ltd
  • Neste Corporation
  • Nordea Bank Abp
  • Norway 203040
  • OP Financial Group
  • Oy Turku Energia – Åbo Energi AB
  • PKA Ltd
  • Polarbröd
  • Preem AB
  • Pöyry LTD
  • Renas
  • Riksbyggen
  • SEB
  • S Group
  • Sitra
  • Skanska Sweden
  • SSAB
  • St1
  • Stena Recycling AB
  • Stockholm Exergi AB
  • Stora Enso Oyj
  • Storebrand Group
  • Swedish Chamber of East Sweden
  • Swedish Property Federation
  • Telenor Sverige
  • The Town of Ii
  • Trivector
  • Umoe
  • Unilever
  • University of Turku
  • Uponor Corporation
  • Vaisala
  • Varma
  • Vasakronan
  • Vattenfall
  • VTT
  • Wärtsilä
  • ZERO
  • Åbo Akademi University

Interested in supporting this initiative? Please fill out the form in “Interested in supporting this iniative?” or contact:

Jouni Keronen, Executive Director, Climate Leadership Coalition, jouni.keronen(at)clc.fi +358 504534881
Jarl Krausing, International Director, CONCITO, jk(at)concito.dk +45 29896600
Jon Evang, Communications Manager, Zero Emission Resource Organisation (ZERO), jon.evang(at)zero.no +47 93401382
Nina Ekelund, Executive Director, Haga Initiative, Nina.Ekelund(at)hagainitiativet.se +46 735022464


The initiative was presented in Helsinki Talanoa Dialoque event and in Brussels Talanoa Dialoque event, released 29.6.2018.

Nordic businesses, financial sector and NGOs call for the EU to update targets for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, released 13.6.2018.

Media releases

Support for the Nordic climate proposal doubles, released 20.11.2018.

Nordic call for EU climate change agenda gets important supporters, released 16.7.2018.

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