Kaj Embren

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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A few weeks ago I witnessed one of many encouraging signs that educational institutions, traditionally centered around management and finance, are beginning to take some of the most pressing global challenges more seriously. One of Sweden’s leading institutions for training tomorrow’s business leaders – The Stockholm School of Economics (SSE) – hosted a groundbreaking seminar… » read more

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Sweden Fossil free?

A new report “Time to choose the energy system of the future” from the most influence Environment NGO – The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) shows that it is possible to meet Sweden’s electricity needs in 2030 with 100 percent renewables, and it becomes even possible to export electricity. Not least the past year… » read more

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An increasing number of people, myself included, are demanding more from what we eat. The availability of eco-friendly, organic products has visibly improved in recent years, as people take a greater interest in what they consume and how it impacts the world around them. Nonetheless, on a recent visit to my local store I found… » 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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