Cover of the The Nordic Region – Leading in Green Growth: Status report for the Nordic Prime Ministers Summer Meeting 2015Green Growth was named a primary focus area by the Nordic Prime Ministers in November 2011. Since then, the Nordic Council of Ministers has granted a total of DKK 66 million to a wide range of initiatives focusing on green growth. Most of these initiatives are expected to be completed by the end of 2015, while some will continue into 2016. The overall aim of the green growth initiatives has been to tackle major environmental and climate challenges, while at the same time helping the Nordic countries improve their market positions.

Dagfinn Høybråten stresses that the Green Growth programme has provided a solid platform for further work on green solutions:

- I am convinced that the programme has helped us to strengthen Nordic skills, improve coordination between the Nordic countries, and brand us internationally as a region where green growth, innovation and sustainable development is a reality – not just a vision for the future.


The Status Report is now available online: 


The Nordic Region – Leading in Green Growth: Status report for the Nordic Prime Ministers Summer Meeting 2015
Responsible organisation
Nordic Council of Ministers, Nordic Council of Ministers Secretariat
2015 (English)
Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

In November 2011, the Nordic Prime Ministers commissioned the Nordic Council of Ministers to launch a cross-sectoral initiative for green growth on the basis of eight recommendations in selected areas. The commission was based on the report, The Nordic Region – Leading in Green Growth, prepared by a Nordic working group.

The initiative was based on the notion that the Nordic countries, by working together, can far better utilise their position to help increase energy efficiency, develop sustainable energy, innovation and research initiatives, and raise the targets in the environmental and climate area.

The Councils of Ministers have implemented the eight recommendations of the working group through project activities that run until 2016. This status report presents the most important results of the projects.


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