In Sweden, the North Sweden Energy Agency, Energikontor Norr, has taken significant strides in developing the Climate Leadership Programme (CLP) to cultivate climate leaders who can guide the region towards climate neutrality. This article explores the key components of the CLP from a Swedish perspective and highlights how it empowers individuals to take action against climate change.
To kickstart the development of the Climate Leadership Programme, Energikontor Norr conducted an ethnographic study to understand the specific needs and aspirations of climate leaders in the region. Climate leaders expressed a strong desire for up-to-date information on climate science, climate neutrality, and related concepts. They emphasized the importance of being well-informed to engage effectively in discussions and to create realistic roadmaps for achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
A significant revelation from the study was the importance of access to energy data. Climate leaders recognized the need to “own” energy data to develop actionable roadmaps for climate neutrality. Regularly monitoring greenhouse gas emissions was identified as crucial, not only for informed discussions but also for securing support and funding for climate-related activities.
Another noteworthy finding was the demand for engagement and communication training. Climate leaders wanted to enhance their ability to communicate effectively, engage stakeholders, and drive climate action within their organizations and communities.
To address the need for in-depth climate science knowledge, Energikontor Norr enlisted the support of Mattias Goldman, a renowned figure in Sweden’s energy transition and climate neutrality efforts. Mattias brought his wealth of experience to the programme, providing valuable insights into climate science and its practical applications.
Additionally, the CLP introduced participants to Energiluppen, a powerful tool developed by the North Sweden Energy Agency for public authorities to inventory their CO2 emissions and energy usage.
The programme also stressed the importance of building relationships with key individuals in public administration to facilitate data collection and collaboration effectively.
Participants were encouraged to examine the successful communication strategies of climate leaders like Al Gore and apply these lessons to their own narratives. The CLP dedicated a session to stakeholder analysis, engagement strategies, and media communication.
Through workshops and reflection exercises, participants identified climate leaders within their networks and gradually began to see themselves as climate leaders. They received guidance on building their personal brands as climate leaders and learned how to leverage various communication channels, including social media.
Media training was also a part of this session, equipping participants with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in media appearances and engage with the public effectively.
The third session of the CLP provided participants with a crash course in energy transition and offered detailed training in the development of climate neutrality roadmaps. The programme aimed to empower climate leaders with the methodology needed to create actionable roadmaps tailored to their specific contexts. This “ownership” of the methodology enables them to scale it up within their organizations and communities.
In the final phase of the CLP, the North Sweden Energy Agency conducted individual follow-up meetings with each climate leader. These meetings served to finalize the development of climate neutrality roadmaps, ensuring that each participant was well-equipped to take concrete actions towards a climate-neutral future.
In conclusion, the Climate Leadership Programme developed by Energikontor Norr in collaboration with external experts has provided an invaluable platform for nurturing climate leaders in Sweden. By addressing the unique needs of regional climate leaders, the programme has empowered individuals and organizations to drive meaningful change in their communities. As climate leaders continue to emerge and take action, the vision of a climate-neutral future in Sweden moves closer to reality.
REMARKABLE Climate Leaders will build new leadership capacity across Europe through a Climate Leadership Programme designed with and for climate leaders. Through a people-centred approach, Regional Energy Agencies will support leaders of public authorities and communities in implementing transformational roadmaps and innovative solutions to achieve climate neutrality.