Green transition on the agenda for EU environment ministers


Minister for Climate and the Environment Romina Pourmokhtari hosted an informal meeting of EU environment ministers in Stockholm on 18–19 April, which was also attended by business leaders from across the EU. The focal points of the meeting included the green transition and the role of business in promoting biodiversity, circularity and competitiveness.

The green transition should be front and centre for long-term European competitiveness. During this meeting, we’ve discussed what we policymakers can do to reward and further stimulate businesses to contribute to environmental efforts while closing material loops. Romina Pourmokhtari Minister for Climate and the Environment

The meeting then continued with parallel sessions in which ministers and business leaders discussed the conditions, incentives and collaboration needed to overcome bottlenecks and deliver the green transition.

The ministers and business leaders went on to discuss three other themes: how the business sector can help halt and reverse biodiversity loss, how industry can increase materials efficiency, circularity and resilience, and sustainability and how climate neutrality can be combined with competitiveness and prosperity.

We’ve heard strong messages from business representatives on the importance of a stable and predictable regulatory environment. They also focused on creating economic incentives for circular materials and products, and pointed out that access to skills and knowledge is a current bottleneck for innovation, and that infrastructure is a key factor. Romina Pourmokhtari

The ministers also discussed the EU’s priorities in the negotiations on a legally binding global agreement on plastic pollution ahead of the negotiating session in Paris at the end of May. It is important that there is consensus on the role that the global agreement may play in the green transition and how it can promote a level playing field and a circular economy for plastics.

The meeting also included a study visit in which ministers test-drove a variety of electric vehicles, including heavy goods vehicles and buses.

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