Renewable Energies Working Group


Since 2016, the CPMR Baltic Sea Commission’s Energy and Climate Working Group (EWG) has focused on the creation of a partnership to enhance growth opportunities by building capacity among regional innovation actors.

The EWG has also broadened its scope to include Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals.

These activities have been developed in line with the objective to “Increase Prosperity” in the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR), which aims to achieve reliable energy markets, climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management.

The EWG is actively involved in the CPMR’s Task Force on Climate, ensuring a Baltic Regional perspective in the overall positions of the CPMR.

Working areas of the Energy and Climate Working Group

The EWG has defined the following focus areas of work:

  • Renewable Energy and Climate;
  • Smart Specialisation;
  • Clean Tech pilot project with the Managing Authority network.

Learn more on the areas of work of the EWG in its Work Plan for 2017-2019.


The EWG feeds into the CPMR’s activities on Energy and Climate. The EWG Group has contributed to the development of the following CPMR positions since 2015:

More documents can be found here.


  • Learning Among Regions on Smart Specialisation (LARS)

How do we work

  • Monitor the political agenda and relevant policy developments on EU and EUSBSR related to energy and climate issues;
  • Formulate policy positions and statements;
  • Transfer and exchange of best practice;
  • Participate actively in the CPMR Task Force on Climate and Energy, the CBSS Expert Group on Baltic 2030, and the Baltic Sea Climate Change Dialogue;
  • Serve as a shared platform for project development;
  • Draw policy conclusions from relevant projects, disseminate and capitalize results of EU-funded projects;
  • Organise thematic events with participation of projects partners and industry stakeholders.

Governance of Maritime Working Group


The EWG is chaired by Mr Richard Sjölund, Regional Council of Ostrobothnia.


The EWG meet around twice a year. Each meeting is hosted by a Member Region.


The EWG works in close cooperation with the EU institutions, such as DG ENVI and the European Parliament, but also EUSBSR Policy Area Innovation, Policy Area Energy and HA Climate. EUSBSR MA network, the private sector and key stakeholders in energy and climate. The EWG also participates in the Baltic Sea Climate Change Dialogue.



Mr Richard Sjölund

Regional Council of Ostrobothnia

Read his CV


Ms Kaarin Taipale

Region of Helsinki-Uusimaa

Mr Pontus Lindberg

Region Skåne