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Welcome to Gothenburg – a sustainable city, open to the world

On June 21st, 2015, the eyes of the world will turn to Gothenburg, as the world’s toughest sailing competition draws to a close. Because what is true of Volvo Ocean Race – that it demands an efficient use of resources while respecting the forces of nature – is true of the vision nurtured by the City of Gothenburg.

Climate change is by far one of the hottest topics in the world right now. And the City of Gothenburg has come a long way in reducing its environmental footprint.

So while the eyes of the world are riveted on the city at the time of the Volvo Ocean Race finals, we turn the city into an epicentre of green thinking with a focus on sustainable urban development and energy-efficient mobility in and around the city.

Make sure to take the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas on global hot topics with renowned specialists and innovators from all over the world. By working together we can make a greener society a winning enterprise.

A winning enterprise

On June 21st, 2015, the eyes of the world will turn to Gothenburg, as the world’s toughest sailing competition draws to a close. Because what is true of Volvo Ocean Race – that it demands an efficient use of resources while respecting the forces of nature – is true of the vision nurtured by the City of Gothenburg.

Climate change is by far one of the hottest topics in the world right now. And the City of Gothenburg has come a long way in reducing its environmental footprint.

So while the eyes of the world are riveted on the city at the time of the Volvo Ocean Race finals, we turn the city into an epicentre of green thinking with a focus on sustainable urban development and energy-efficient mobility in and around the city.

Make sure to take the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas on global hot topics with renowned specialists and innovators from all over the world. By working together we can make a greener society a winning enterprise.

Seminar - June 23

Keynote speakers - Urban Challenges and Trends
  • Financing Sustainable Cities
    Green bonds: Doris Herrera-Pol, Director and Global Head of Capital Markets, The World Bank

    Climate change is a fundamental threat to sustainable development and the fight against poverty. Since its first issuance in 2008, the World Bank is one of the world’s largest issuers of green bonds. To date, the World Bank Treasury has raised over $8 billion with green bonds.
    As a pioneer in the field of green bonds, the World Bank Treasury’s Director Doris Herrera-Pol, Director and Global Head of Capital Markets, will explain the achievements and challenges to date.

  • Compact living, self-sufficiency
    Jesper Brodin, Managing Director IKEA of Sweden

    Jesper Brodin is Managing Director of IKEA Sweden AB. In an inspiring seminar he talks about how to make visions come alive and create an IKEA 2.0 that can match the needs of future generations.
    According to Jesper Brodin, the biggest challenge for IKEA is to make sure to solve the equation of providing a great home furnishing offer for the many people with thin wallets, in a world where more of us need to share the same resources. By investing in innovations in materials, techniques and the value chain, mixed with thriftiness, IKEA will make it possible.

  • Trends for future living
    Larry Toups, Chalmers/NASA & HSB Living Lab

    How should we live in the future? As building and living habits change, new demands are made on how we design homes and urban environments. HSB Living Lab is an arena for developing and shaping the habitations of the future. It is a project where completely new technical and architectural innovations will be tested for ten years. The building will be located at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and be ready by 2015. As a participant in the project, Larry Toups of NASA will speak about the unique cooperation, and their interest in the project.

Seminar - June 24

Keynote speakers - Mobility in Smart Cities
  • Innovative and Sustainable Urban Mobility in Europe
    Magda Kopczynska, Director, European Commission, Directorate-general for Mobility and Transport

    Since joining the European Commission in 2006, Magda Kopczynska has held several leading positions before becoming Director of the Directorate for Innovative & sustainable mobility at the Directorate-general for Mobility and Transport of the European Commission. The Directorate is responsible for the development and follow-up of the implementation of the Innovative and Sustainable Mobility Policy. The Directorate’s activities support the EU policy goals to phase out the use of conventional fuelled cars in cities by 2050 –¬ and half their use by 2030, working towards CO2-free city logistics in major urban centres by 2030. Magda Kopczynska will highlight the importance of working together – across borders and with public and private partners - towards competitive and resource-efficient urban mobility in Europe, and the European Commission's role in achieving this objective.

  • The connected car in a connected city
    Staffan Wallin, Head of Automotive, Business Line Industry & Society at Ericsson

    The connected car is a disruptor reshaping the automotive industry, a true driver towards Ericsson's vision of the networked society. Staffan Wallin, head of Automotive Business Line Industry & Society at Ericsson, explains what a connected car is and the opportunities it will open up for consumers and drivers, car manufactures, service providers and for society. This session describes trends and opportunities within the automotive industry, emerging with the connected car. Staffan Wallin first joined Ericsson as a software developer in 1995. Since then he has held a range of different responsibilities within R&D, project management, product management, sales & marketing as well as special projects, such as the study of new vehicles.

  • Research and trends
    Todd Litman, Executive Director, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, Canada

    Todd Litman is the founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organisation dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialised technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis. Here he talks about how demographic and economic trends will affect future transport demands (the amount and type of travel people would choose), and their implications.

Programme

Ecological, economic and social sustainability

June 23

Urban challenges and trends

Moderator: David Simon, professor and Director Mistra Urban Futures

Venue: Lindholmen Science Park

8.00 Coffee and registration, exhibition
8.30 Welcome & Introduction by Anneli Hulthén, Mayor, City of Gothenburg
1st Session: What are the challenges for different types of cities?
8.35 Mehmet Kaplan, Minister Housing and Urban development
8.45 Anneli Hulthén, Mayor, City of Gothenburg
8.55 Mokena Makeka, Architect and urban planner, Director Makeka Design Lab, Cape Town
9.10 Jordi Tolrà i Mabilon, Director of the Social Inclusion Plan of Barcelona. Policy Advisor
9.25 Panel discussion: Kaplan, Hulthén, Makeka, Tolrà i Mabilon
9.55 Mingle, exhibition
2nd Session: Trends for future living
10.25 Larry Toups, Adjunct Professor at Chalmers University of Technology and Member of NASA & HSB Living Lab
10.40 Jesper Brodin, Managing Director, IKEA of Sweden
10.55 Åsa Swan, Head of Urban Planning and Kristian Käll, Process Leader Social Sustainability, Älvstranden Utveckling AB, Gothenburg
11.10 Panel discussion: Jonas Törnblom (Director marketing & Communication Envac group), Toups, Brodin, Swan, Käll
11.40 Mingle, exhibition
3rd Session: Financing sustainable cities – green bonds
12.10 Doris Herrera-Pol, Director and Global Head of Capital  Markets, World Bank
12.25 Christopher Flensborg, Head of Sustainable Products and Product Development, Fixed Income and DCM, Global, SEBank
12.40 Magnus Borelius, Head of Group Treasury. City of Gothenburg
12.55 Panel discussion: Herrera-Pol, Flensborg, Borelius
13.30 End of program
14.00 Lunch at Race Village

Study tour

15.00 1. Johanneberg Science Park, HSB Living Lab
2. North river bank – from dockland to sustainable urban area
17.00 End of study tours

 

June 24

Mobility in Smart Cities

Moderator: Tomas Kåberger, Professor of industrial energy policy at Chalmers University of Technology

Venue: Lindholmen Science Park

8.00 Coffee and registration, exhibition
8.30 Welcome & Introduction by Anneli Hulthén, Mayor City of Gothenburg
1st Session: Political strategies on EU, national and local level
8.40 Magda Kopczynska, Director for Innovative and Sustainable Mobility in Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport within the EU
9.05 Anneli Hulthén, Mayor, City of Gothenburg
9.15 Håkan Karlsson, Executive Vice President Group Business Areas, Volvo Group Global
9.25 Panel discussion: Kopczynska, Hulthén, Karlsson
9.55 Mingle, exhibition
2nd Session: Research and trends
10.25 Frances Sprei, Assistant Professor, Energy and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology
10.40 Michael Browne, Professor of Logistics, University of Westminster, London, UK
10.55 Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, Canada
11.10 Panel discussion: Sprei, Browne, Litman
11.40 Mingle, exhibition
3rd Session: Practical solutions
12.10 Staffan Wallin, Head of Automotive, Ericsson
12.25 Marcus Rothoff, Autonomous Driving Program Director Volvo Cars
12.40 Malin Andersson, Urban Transport Administration, City of Gothenburg
12.55 Panel discussion: Carl-Johan Hagman (CEO Stena Line), Wallin, Rothoff, Andersson
13:30 End of program
14.00 Lunch at Race Village

Study tour

15.00

1. Sustainable transport of goods in cities
2. Lindholmen Science Park, Visual Arena and Drive Me - "Towards innovation and new knowledge"

17.00 End of study tour

Subject to changes in the programme.

Contact: sofia.mcconell@businessregion.se, +46 31 367 61 44

 

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Exhibitors

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We’re building Gothenburg’s future today - Investment seminar @ Volvo Ocean Race on June 22nd

Speakers

  • David Simon
    Professor and Director of Mistra Urban Futures

    Professor David Simon is Director of Mistra Urban Futures – an international research Centre hosted by Chalmers University of technology. David Simon has international research experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Sri Lanka, UK, USA and elsewhere. He has also served as advisor to UN-HABITAT on cities and climate change and is now engaged in the work of the urban Sustainable Development Goal. His research and publications focus on the interface between development and the environment in the context of sustainability and global climate change but also aspects of political geography and critical geopolitics, urbanisation and transport policy.

  • Mehmet Kaplan
    Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Information Technology

    Mehmet Kaplan is the Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Information Technology at the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. He has been in this position since October, 2014. Mr Kaplan represents the Green Party in the two-party coalition government consisting of the Social Democratic Party and the Green party. Mehmet Kaplan was previously the leader of the Green group in the Swedish parliament for eight years. He was also a member of the Green Party National Board between 2003 and 2011. Mehmet Kaplan’s objective as a minister is to ensure long-term sustainable construction and advance Sweden’s role as a world-leading IT nation. With focus on economical, ecological and social sustainability, he wants to modernize Sweden through close cooperation with the Swedish citizens.

  • Anneli Hulthén
    Mayor, City of Gothenburg

    Ms Anneli Hulthén is the Mayor and Chairman of the City Executive in Gothenburg and former Chairman of the Traffic and transport Committee and the Housing and Planning Committee in Gothenburg. In this role she has for a long time been deeply committed to the task of further developing Gothenburg into an urban sustainable city. Also strengthen the city as an attractive center of the western region of Sweden, in close collaboration with local, regional and national level. As former Chairman in the EC Civitas committee and the Chair of Mistra, she has also been highly involved in strategic environmental research and the development of smarter cities.

  • Mokena Makeka
    Director Makeka Design Lab

    Mokena Makeka directs Makeka Design Lab, an international award-winning Architecture practice and has spoken on urbanism, social innovation and Architecture in many cities around the world. He has advised the SA Minister of Human Settlements, sat on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for Design and is the winner of the Gold Loerie Award for Communication Design in 2011. He is adjunct professor at GSAPP, Columbia University in New York and the WITS 2014 Resident Equity Scholar in the School of architecture and planning. Mokena is the Founder of The Museum of Design Innovation Leadership & Art, South Africa.

  • Jordi Tolrà i Mabilon
    Director of the Social Inclusion Plan of Barcelona. Policy Advisor

    Yverdon, Switzerland, 1963. Studied at UAB (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) Currently working as Policy Advisor at Barcelona’s City Hall Management on Social Affairs. Director of the Social Inclusion Plan of Barcelona 2012-2015. Representative of Barcelona in EUROCITIES Social Affairs Forum, supporting Barcelona Vice-Chair, and Chair of WG Active and Healthy Aging and Task Force SIP. Author and promoter of the VinclesBCN Project, winner of 2014 Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge, addressing isolation and lonelines of elder people with the support of ICT. Expert on Social Issues, at both governmental and non-governmental institutions on the field of People With Special Needs, Voluntary Work, International Cooperation and Solidarity, Social Inclusion and Prevention of Child Exclusion

  • Larry Toups
    Adjunct Professor, Chalmers University of Technology

    Mr. Toups is currently in NASA’s Exploration Mission Office and focuses on systems, including habitation, related to future missions beyond Low Earth Orbit such as the moon and Mars. Mr. Toups has the position of Adjunct Professor at Chalmers University of Technology. He has been involved with the Homes for Tomorrow project, and has a focus on research that integrates both the human user and emerging technologies; for example to inform more sustainable concepts for future housing using the HSB Living Lab.

  • Jesper Brodin
    Managing Director, IKEA of Sweden

    Jesper Brodin is Managing Director of IKEA Sweden AB. In an inspiring seminar he talks about how to make visions come alive and create an IKEA 2.0 that can match the needs of future generations.
    According to Jesper Brodin, the biggest challenge for IKEA is to make sure to solve the equation of providing a great home furnishing offer for the many people with thin wallets, in a world where more of us need to share the same resources. By investing in innovations in materials, techniques and the value chain, mixed with thriftiness, IKEA will make it possible.

  • Åsa Swan
    Head of Urban Planning, Älvstranden Utveckling AB

    Åsa Swan is responsible for urban development issues at Älvstranden Utveckling. With the vision of Gothenburg as the River City, the group of Urban Planning is ensuring sustainability efforts throughout the urban development process, from early stages to up to completed projects. Åsa has most recently worked as a manager of City Planning in Gothenburg. She has previous experience within the city planning process, building permits and as project planning architect. Åsa has architectural training from Chalmers, Gothenburg.

  • Doris Herrera-Pol
    Director and Global Head of Capital Markets, The World Bank

    Doris Herrera‐Pol is global head of capital markets at the World Bank. Her team is responsible for designing the World Bank's funding strategy and managing its annual multi‐currency funding program in global money, capital and derivatives markets, including the design and launch of new products, such as the World Bank's Green Bonds. Ms. Herrera‐Pol is a member of the World Bank's treasury’s oversight committee for new financial services and new clients as well as a member of the Institute for International Finance (IIF)’s Credit Rating Advisory Committee.

  • Christopher Flensborg
    Head of Sustainable Products and Product Development, SEB

    Having joined SEB in 2003, Christopher is currently Head of Sustainable Products and Product Development. As a pioneer in Green Bonds, he has developed concepts and mechanisms enabling mainstream investors to address climate investments in their portfolios. As one of the few market participants, SEB is able to engage mainstream investors in green investments through its cooperation with the World Bank and the IFC. Christopher’s goal is for SEB to be a prime quality provider of mainstream financial climate solutions across various financial mandates.

  • Magnus Borelius
    Head of Group Treasury. City of Gothenburg

    Magnus Borelius is the Head of Group Treasury at City of Gothenburg, member of a technical working group at United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative & Green House Gas Protocol and Chairman of Casa Montessori Partille. He was head of the Treasury when City of Gothenburg in 2013 became the first City in the world to issue a Green Bond. In recent years, much of his work has been focused on how treasury operations can help the economics of climate change. Magnus Borelius is a frequent speaker at national and international events.

  • Tomas Kåberger
    Professor, Industrial Energy Policy, Energy and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology

    Professor Tomas Kåberger holds a PhD in Physical Resource Theory from Chalmers and first became professor at the international Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University. He has held leading positions in companies developing or dealing with sustainable transport, biofuels and renewable energy. Kåberger was Director General of the Swedish National Energy Agency 2008-2011, and served on advisory groups in Sweden, the EU and China. Currently he chairs Japan Renewable Energy Foundation, works as professor at Chalmers and serves on boards of some companies.

  • Magda Kopczynska
    Director for Innovative and Sustainable Mobility in Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport within the European Commission

    Magda is responsible for the development and follow-up of the implementation of Innovative and Sustainable Mobility Policy. Prior to joining the European Commission in 2006 Ms Kopczynska worked for 3 years as the Director of the Brussels Office of the Polish Private Employers Confederation 'Lewiatan', representing Polish entrepreneurs vis-à-vis the European Institutions. From 1999 until 2003 she worked for the Warsaw local administration, holding the job of Director of the Promotion Department and then as the Head of Cabinet of the Mayor.

  • Frances Natasha Sprei
    Assistant Professor, Energy and Environment

    Frances Sprei’s research assess different personal mobility options, such as alternative fueled vehicles and electric vehicles as well as innovative mobility forms such as car sharing and ride sharing. Economic, political, technical and behavioral aspects are taken into account. Her research methods are interdisciplinary combining quantitative methods such as econometrics with qualitative methods such as interviews. She has been the co-chair of the Behavior Energy and Climate Change conference and received in 2010 the Jan-Eric Sundgren Award.

  • Michael Browne
    Professor of Logistics, University of Westminster, London, UK

    I joined Westminster in 1985 after working as a manager in international shipping and aviation. At Westminster I have been a course leader, head of a department and director of the Graduate Centre for the Built Environment. Currently my main focus is on directing research and consultancy projects concerned with freight transport and logistics. I am a specialist in urban logistics, logistics and energy issues and international developments in logistics. I am the Assistant Editor of the journal Transport Reviews, and I am on the editorial boards of: The Journal of International Logistics: Research and Applications, and Supply Chain Forum.”

  • Todd Litman
    Executive Director, Victoria Transport Policy Institute, Canada

    Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis.

  • Staffan Wallin
    Head of Automotive, Business Line Industry & Society at Ericsson

    Staffan is a driven sales professional with long experience in Business Development. He has a thorough understanding of technology and its impacts on business flows and is driven by developing new solutions and offerings to secure growth & sales in new areas. Staffan first joined Ericsson as a software developer in 1995. Since then he has had a range of different responsibilities within R&D, project management, product management, sales & marketing as well as special projects outside of these roles. Staffan also has proven leadership skills involving managing, developing and motivating teams to achieve their objectives.
    Staffan holds a BSc degree in System Analytics from Gothenburg University.

  • Marcus Rothoff
    Head of Autonomous drive, Volvo Cars

    Drive Me presents a unique, complete system solution that makes it possible to integrate self-driving cars into real traffic – with ordinary people in the driver’s seat. As the Drive Me project enters its second year, it is moving rapidly towards the aim of placing 100 self-driving Volvo cars in the hands of customers on selected roads around Gothenburg by 2017. The public pilot, one-of-a-kind collaboration between legislators, transport authorities, city of Gothenburg and Volvo Cars, is a central component to achieve sustainable mobility and ensure a crash-free future. Listen to Marcus Rothoff, head of Autonomous drive at Volvo Cars speak about taking the exciting step to a public pilot, with the ambition to enable ordinary people to sit behind the wheel in normal traffic on public roads, this has never been done before.

  • Malin Andersson
    The City of Gothenburg, Urban Transport Administration

    After graduating as an environmental scientist in the late 90s, Malin Andersson has been working with infrastructure and city planning at national, regional and local levels, always with sustainable development as a leading star and with science as a basis for decisions. Today Malin is head of department Development and international affairs at the Urban Transport Administration in the city of Gothenburg. "We have a long record of triple helix collaborations with academia, business and citizens. Currently we are developing and implementing sustainable transport and travel initiatives such as smart city logistics, autonomous driving, collaborative e-mobility, geofenced vehicles and more toghether with scientists and companies. Working in close collaboration is sometimes hard but very instructive, as you get to understand the others perspectives. It is also a lot of fun because we find even better sollutions together,"

  • Jonas Törnblom
    Senior Vice President at Envac AB

    Jonas Törnblom is Senior Vice President at Envac AB, where he has been since 2001. An environmental industry innovator, thought leader and driver for change, Mr Törnblom has built a reputation as a champion of sustainability within the built environment. He has chaired the Swedish Environmental Technology Network’s steering committee, been a Board Member of the Swedish Organizational Committee for the participation at the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010, helped to develop the SymbioCity concept, and recently initiated the Sweden China GreenTech Alliance. Mr. Törnblom is also Board Member of Malmberg AB, one of Sweden’s leading environmental technology companies.

  • Carl-Johan Hagman
    CEO Stena Line

    Carl-Johan Hagman has served as a Shipping Director of Stena AB Group since 2011. He is Managing Director of Stena Rederi AB, responsible for our global Shipping (Stena Bulk, Stena RoRo, Stena Teknik, Ship Management, HR) as well as for Stena Drilling’s and Stena Line’s operations. As from January 1, 2013, he is also the Managing Director of Stena Line Holding B.V.

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