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Take part of inventive thoughts and discussions of world-leading innovators and renowned specialists.

PROGRAM 

TAKE THE LEAD IN THE RACE FOR SMART AND SUSTAINABLE CITIES 

Moderator
Jack Ewing, Journalist, The New York Times

Wednesday 20 june
 
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08:00

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Coffee and registration


How will testbeds for e-mobility and connected and autonomous vehicles affect the cities of the future?

Hotter than Spotify, that's how the automotive industry in Gothenburg has been described as the sector shifts towards connectivity, automation, digitization and electrification, forming an engine that's helping power the region's development surge.
The automotive industry is undergoing great transformation, with Gothenburg claiming world-leading positions in many areas such as electrification, self-driving technology and connected vehicles. 

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09:00

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Welcome and ​​​​opening speech 

Ann-Sofie Hermansson, Chair of the City Executive Board, City of Gothenburg


Keynote speech
DG-MOVE (tbd)

 
Electromobility – collaborating on testbeds & innovation

Learn how cities incorporate electromobility in their strategies for becoming smart cities, and how to collaborate on innovation. How can electromobility testbeds be used to collect data, and what can we do with open city data? Learn about the development of e-buses in Europe. Discover what’s happening with the ElectriCity testbed and its new vehicles and new technologies.

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09:30

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Ann-Sofie Hermansson, Chair of the City Executive Board, City of Gothenburg
Sture Portvik, City of Oslo (tbc)
Umberto Guida, Director of Research and Innovation, UITP
Niklas Gustafsson, Senior Vice President & Chief Sustainability Officer Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, Volvo Group

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10:00

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Panel discussion including
Pia Sandvik, CEO of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

 
How will autonomous vehicles impact cities?

Around the world, intense efforts are under way to test autonomous vehicle technology, and Gothenburg is the first city in the world to investigate the interaction between self-driving vehicles and long-term sustainable urban planning. 
The sharing economy will play an important role in the use of autonomous vehicles. Can cities plan and regulate the use of autonomous vehicles in shared fleets in ways that reduce congestion and increase urban accessibility.

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10:30

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Stefan Eglinger, City of Gothenburg 
Wee Shann, City of Singapore (tbc)
Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Bus Corporation and a member of the Volvo Group Management
Volvo Cars

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11:30

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Panel discussion including

Frank Horch, Senator Federal State of Hamburg

Jan Hellåker, Program Director of Drive Sweden

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12:30

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LUNCH

 

What roles do circular and sharing economies have to play in sustainable cities?

Population growth and globalization contribute to significantly increased consumption of finite resources. The linear economy has to be replaced with a circular economy. A system shift that not only builds sustainability and resilience, but also generates business and economic opportunities. The circular economy is designed to recreate resources, over and over again, and to remove waste and pollution from the equation. 

A sharing economy and collaborative consumption have great potential for resource efficiency, and as such fit the circular economy model well. This could involve non-profit initiatives and public services, as well as the creation of innovative business models. Growing urbanization and increasing consumption make it necessary to develop and implement tools for circular and sharing economies in our cities.

Moderator, Anna-Karin S. Öjerskog

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13:30

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Welcome and opening speech
Mikael Damberg, Swedish Minister for Enterprise and Innovation


Keynote speech 
Ellen MacArthur Foundation (tbc)

 
How can a circular economy be used as a tool in future urban development?

The impact of consumption on the climate is a major global challenge. The City of Gothenburg was the first city in the world to include emissions from consumption in its climate programme.

How can a circular economy be used as a tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? If we want the development of electromobility and autonomous vehicles to be truly sustainable, a well-rounded circular economy is required. The raw material flow for the production of both vehicles and batteries has to undergo recycling and reuse.

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14:00

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City Deal Circular City, Holland (tbd)
Kristina Jonäng, President of the Environment Committee in Region Västra Götaland
Leonardo Rosado, Assistant Professor at the Architecture and Civil Engineering department at Chalmers focusing on the Urban Metabolism field

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15:00

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Panel discussion including 
Jessica Sandström, Senior Vice President City Mobility Volvo Bus Corporation

 

The sharing economy – commercial business models and public services in smart cites

Sharing is cool and all around the world new sharing opportunities, offerings, platforms and services are born every day. Undoubtedly, sharing can provide huge advantages to society and to cities, ranging from a reduced use of resources, increased utilization of existing infrastructure, broader access to knowhow to freeing up road space for public use. But how should cities approach the topic? We believe cities need a clear sharing strategy or they’ll be overrun by the innovative force of the public and businesses from around the world.

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15:30

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Harmen van Sprang, Global expert in the field of sharing & platform economy, Sharing Cities Alliance
Kes Mac McCormick, Associate Professor and Assistant Head at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University
Emma Öhrwall, Human Ecologist and Co-founder Collaborative Economy Gothenburg
Martin Savén, Public Policy Manager, Uber Sweden

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16:30

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Panel discussion including​​​​

Anders Berger, Transport Solution Specialist, Volvo Group

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17:00

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End seminars

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17:00

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Networking Reception - hosted by Business Region Göteborg