Green Deal Workshop in Sweden | 18 September 2018

On the 18th of September, the Embassy of the Netherlands in Sweden organized a workshop on Green Deals, in collaboration with RE:Source – a Swedish Strategic Innovation Program. Green Deals are being used by the Dutch government as an instrument to support sustainable economic growth, or ‘green growth’. With the support of Sweden’s Innovation Agency and the Swedish Environment Protection Agency, we were able to explore whether the Green Deal concept could be useful for Sweden as a tool to reach its ambitious climate goals.

Green Deal Seminar Stockholm - Participants


The complete programme as well as the slides of all presentations can be found below.

Explaining the Green Deals
The aim of Green Deals is to remove barriers to help sustainable initiatives get off the ground and to accelerate this process where possible. The Green Deal approach is a bottom-up initiative to identify and tackle the bottlenecks of organizations who want to become more sustainable. These barriers which organizations meet can be overcome by collaborating with the government in a Green Deal in different ways, depending on the obstacles. This can be done by: harmonizing laws and regulations or interpreting them differently, by having the government strengthen networks as an independent party, or by supporting the market through procurement and certification. The agreement between the government and the participants is on a voluntary basis, so it only attracts partners that want to take action. Another important benefit of these Green Deals is that they set a clear long-term vision from the government, which makes it safer for companies to invest in sustainability efforts, as long-term policies are more predictable. 

Linkage to the Swedish Roadmaps to become fossil free
The workshop tried to answer the question whether Green Deals could help Sweden to achieve the ambitious climate goals its government has set: To become one of the first fossil free welfare countries in the world and to make the country climate neutral by 2045. In order to do so, the Fossil Free Sweden initiative – in collaboration with industry actors – has created roadmaps for various industries. These roadmaps describe how the industry will become fossil free with increased competitiveness, what technological solutions need to be developed, what investments need to be made and what obstacles need to be removed.

Conclusion of the workshop and how to continue
The panel agreed that, as these Roadmaps clearly describe what is slowing down sustainable efforts in several industries, Green Deals would tap into an already existing energy in Sweden. This is due to the performed efforts from both the Government and from the industries. Green Deals could indeed be one of the tools used by Sweden to become fossil free. The Green Deal approach has proven to be an effective tool in the Netherlands, and would be complementary to the Roadmaps, instead of replacing certain aspects.

The speakers also discussed what would be the most efficient way to continue after the workshop. For Green Deals to work in Sweden, it would be first necessary to find the right obstacles which can serve as pilot cases, both for implementing a national Green Deal approach as well as for joining the already existing international Green Deal. If these possible pilots would prove to be successful here in Sweden as well, the next step would be to see if and how such a tool would need to be anchored in different ministries, agencies and authorities. In conclusion, it seems clear that both our countries can learn a lot from each other’s efforts to become sustainable, and it will be interesting to see how the bilateral knowledge exchange within the area of sustainability will develop in the future.


Date and time: Tuesday 18th of September from 9.00 – 14.00
Location: F7 Möten & Konferens, Flemminggatan 7, Stockholm, Sweden
Language: English

09.00-09.10 Welcome
Johan Felix, RE:Source
Rutger Oorsprong, Embassy of the Netherlands
Moderator: Gunnar Fredriksson, RE:Source

Ines Coppoolse

09.10-09.20 The Importance of International Collaboration to Accelerate Sustainable Initiatives 
Ines Coppoolse, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Sweden

Robine van Dooren

09.20-09.50 Introduction to the Green Deal Approach & to the International Green Deal
Robine van Dooren, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)

Martin Kotte

09.50-11.10 Green Deals, Three Best Practices from the Netherlands
- Martin Kotte, Air France-KLM’s Green Deal on Biofuel

Tobias Strating

- Tobias Strating, Roelofs’ Green Deals on Circular Procurement & Civil Engineering

Rogier van de Weijer

- Rogier van de Weijer, Inashco’s Experience with National & International Green Deals

Malin Strand

11.10-11.30 Roadmaps for a Fossil Free Sweden
Malin Strand, Fossil Free Sweden (Fossilfritt Sverige)

11.30-12.30 Lunch Break and Networking

Marianne Hedberg

12.30-12.50 The Swedish Industries’ View on the Need of Cooperation and Simplification
Marianne Hedberg, Swedish Construction Federation (Sveriges Byggindustrier)


Filip Kjellgren

12.50-13.05 Vinnova’s Activities Related to Green Deals
Filip Kjellgren, Sweden’s Innovation Agency (Vinnova)


Sebastian Dahlgren Axelsson

13.05-13.20 The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency’s Activities Related to Green Deals
Sebastian Dahlgren Axelsson, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket)


13.20-14.00 Concluding Panel Discussion
Gunnar Fredriksson, RE:Source

Malin Strand, Fossil Free Sweden (Fossilfritt Sverige)
Robine van Dooren, Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)
Marianne Hedberg, Swedish Construction Federation (Sveriges Byggindustrier)
Filip Kjellgren, Sweden’s Innovation Agency (Vinnova)
Martin Påhlman, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket)
Johan Felix, RE:Source

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