LO 's Environmental and climate policy programme - An investment-led climate policy

Economy To achieve the Paris targets, all countries must take measures and reduce their emissions to sustainable levels. The joint efforts of the global trade union movement is a crucial force for achieving this.


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A just transition is necessary

No country alone can solve the climate problem and nor can any country opt out. Though it is employers who decide on how production is to be carried out, the joint eforts of the global union movement are crucial.

To realise the Paris Agreement there must be a just transition. Over a period of time major investments in transition and development will be required.

LO considers that the Swedish climate policy needs to be developed. Taking the climate challenge seriously and building up the world’s first fossil-free welfare nation requires several major and coherent investment initiatives.

Proposed investments in five areas

LOs climate policy aims to develop climate-friendly technologies, products and services that make it easy and natural to have a climate-smart lifestyle. The programme also highlights the need for an investment-led climate policy with examples of investments to promote development in five areas:

  • Investments in circular materials and green cement
  • Investments in a climate smart energy system with solar, wind and hydrogen power
  • Investments in a fossil-free transport system with more public transport
  • Investments in bio-based industrial symbiosis and better conditions for the green industries to benefit the climate
  • Investments in increased wood construction to create jobs throughout the country while reducing climate emissions and the housing shortage

 The Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) Environmental and climate policy programme (pdf)