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The figures for 2011 are now compiled and show the per capita carbon dioxide is now 2.7 tons less of carbon dioxide compared to the 1993 levels. Their goal is to reduce it to 55% by 2015 and by 100% by 2030. I asked one of the responsible civil servants in Växjö administration how they… » read more

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The development of sustainable cities can be approached by many ways. As I discussed in my previous blog, the London Olympics showed how a metropolis can mobilise to promote sustainable practices. But we have a very different example here In Sweden. For London, being awarded the Olympics was a catalyst for new ways of working.… » read more

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The unprecedented success of the London 2012 Olympic Games has once again shown the global role that cities now hold.The opening ceremony focused on work and health as it celebrated the community spirit at the heart of the Olympic ideal. Over the two weeks that followed, London emphasized the importance of cooperating around a joint… » read more

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A week ago journalists, lobbyists, politicians and various other stakeholders attended Almedalen Week, one of Sweden’s biggest political events. A total of 17,000 people took part in approximately 1700 different seminars and workshops and of those that attended, 300 were directly connected to sustainable development. One of the key issues that was discussed throughout the… » read more

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Arriving in Almedalen, the political arena in the summer city of Visby, Gotland, Sweden. The city of Visby change its character from a summer city to a crowd hot political arena with 17.000 people involved. This year the Almedalen week counting record of events (1800) but also the number of organisers (900). Each party in… » read more

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It is a common misconception that sustainability in air travel is just about curbing CO2 emissions from airplanes. Of course this helps but the aviation industry’s responsibilities are far wider than this. The sector is responsible for about 2 per cent of global greenhouse gas emission but it also has a pivotal role to play… » read more

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It’s worrying me that it is so difficult to build understanding between national governments. We are all developing nations and need to understand how conditions are different depending on where we live on our planet. Mayors in cities seem to have a better capacity than nations themselves to create strong networks that support sustainable development… » read more

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John Elkington asks in the Guardian today if innovation and new business models can do the same for sustainability in the 21st century? The biggest problem and challenges we have is that our society not working with a balance the aligning human and nature system. Since we developed the Natural Steps 4 system – method… » read more

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I spent three days this week attending the Stockholm+ 40 conference. We were a pretty eclectic group, formed of politicians, business people, young thinkers and legislators from many countries but with one common goal: to try and progress in this very complicated and difficult process to establish concrete changes to secure a sustainable environment changes… » read more

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On 23-25 April 2012 Sweden’s Ministry of Environment and Ministry for Foreign Affairs opens an international conference, Stockholm+40 – Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development. The discussions, which will attract a number of the world’s leading political figures, mark the 30th anniversary of the first UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm in 1972.… » read more

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