The 7th round table meeting of the BSR Climate Dialogue Platform took place in Reykjavik on 16th of May 2017. The meeting, chaired by Danfríður K. Skarphéðinsdóttir, Head of Division at the Icelandic Ministry for the Environment and Natural Resources, focused on the exchange of best practices on climate adaptation, promotion of electro-mobility in the region and indicators for measuring society’s vulnerability and resilience to climate change.
The round table started with the representatives of Sweden, Norway, Poland, Iceland, CPMR Baltic Sea Commission, BSSSC, EUSBSR Horizontal Action Climate (CBSS) and the EU Commission sharing their respective climate-related visions and actions. Innovative use of informational technologies was highlighted, with notable examples of two web-portals dedicated to climate adaptation: Swedish klimatanpassning.se and Polish 44mpa.pl.
The concept and the current state of “electromobility”, as an opportunity to decrease the societies’ dependence on carbon fuels, were presented by the Swedish Energy Agency, the Norwegian Electrical Vehicles Association and the Icelandic New Energy Ltd. Both Norway and Iceland are early adopters and front runners of electromobility in the region, and have accumulated a lot of useful experience, relevant for the whole BSR. All speakers agreed that coming closer to a “zero-emission” passenger fleet in a country depends on the incentives from the government, such as lower taxes and special privileges for electric car use. The importance of bringing transportation industry (including maritime shipping) to higher carbon neutrality standards was also highlighted and a few working examples of converting trucks and vessels to battery power were discussed.
The meeting proceeded with a discussion on how to measure the impact of the climate actions. CBSS presented ND-GAIN indicators as one of the possible solutions while the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute outlined challenges in finding reliable ways to measure country’s climate actions, describing advantages and challenges with both impact-focused and process-focused indicators. Several participants remarked that a pan-Baltic joint action is needed to create a functional measurement system for the region.
Norwegian road to EV success, Morten Edvardsen, Senior Adviser, The Norwegian EV Association
Eco-friendly fuels in Iceland, Jón Björn Skúlason, General Manager, Icelandic New Energy Ltd.
Introduction of ND Gain vulnerability resilience indexes, Valdur Lahtvee, Policy Officer, Baltic 2030 Unit, CBSS
Electromobility develpoment i Sweden and EU, Anders Lewald, Senior Adviser, Swedish Energy Agency