Kaj Embren

Archives for EU

Societies in Transition

Lena Miranda is my guest in my latest podcast. She is the CEO of the Science Park in the city of Linköping in Sweden. Science Park is a concept developed in the US in the 1980s to stimulate innovation and collaboration between different stakeholders. I also met Lena some weeks ago at the new social… » read more

Posted by Kaj Embren

For those of you who do not know Stockholm Exergi, the basic facts are: it provides energy to all of Stockholm; it discontinued the use of coal ahead of schedule; it is owned by the city of Stockholm and Fortum, a Finish State company. Exergi is partly responsible for Stockholm’s green credentials. District heating is… » read more

Posted by Kaj Embren

Since the dawn of the industrial age, our economies have been fundamentally linear – we take, we make, we use and then we throw away. Today, only 12% of the materials used by humans are ever returned to the economy (EU Circular Action Plan).[1] This obviously generates huge amounts of waste. But it also means… » read more

Posted by Kaj Embren

#365ACTNOW – Learn from the Bush Foundation – https://lnkd.in/eF8f8fP Minnesota – Investing in great ideas and the people who power them – Video interview with Susan Hammel, CFA at Social Capital Market (SOCAP) #cities #regions  

Posted by Kaj Embren

Europe is facing a shift political agendas. This transition will place greater focus on welfare, in both the short- and long-term, and in both policy and action. The organizations and individuals involved in social dialogue feel that the political leadership is far too indecisive and slow-moving to create new models in this time of change.… » read more

Posted by Kaj Embren

Welfare at stake?

Dear friends, The new year marks new challenges and opportunities. In 2014 we will see two tests of two major political systems – the Swedish general election and the EU’s parliamentary election. Are politicians ready to face the challenges of the welfare state, climate change and other global issues? Let me propose one of the… » read more

Posted by Kaj Embren

Over the coming days and weeks I hope to see a more proactive agenda emerge from stakeholders across the public, private and voluntary sectors. With the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) launched its 36-page policy report in Stockholm the 27th of September, there will be many new messages and lessons to absorb. But… » read more

Posted by Kaj Embren

We are a long way off solving the problem of climate change. One need only to think of the string of failed climate negotiations or the recent massive investments in tar sands and shale gas to appreciate this. It is a problem rooted in the fact that national governments do not prioritise renewable energy. They… » read more

Posted by Kaj Embren

51%. The majority of Sweden’s energy comes from renewable sources. It is an achievement that has surpassed both the EU’s target of 49% by 2020 and the Swedish parliament adopted target of 50 percent in 2020.The seeds to this success can be traced back to the establishment of the official Oil Commission in 2005, which… » read more

Posted by Kaj Embren

Honest and Healthy Food

An increasing number of people, myself included, are demanding more from what we eat. The discussion of horse meat will push the food industry to the front of the debate. And it is more than one question to be raised about values and ethics in the industrial process of food and its supply chain. The… » read more

Posted by Kaj Embren