4 December 13:00 - 14:30

Swedish-German initiatives for Europe's green transition

    There is no more urgent need for acceleration than when it comes to the future of our fragile planet,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the Union address in September. 

    Europe has ambitious climate plans to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, and Germany and Sweden play important roles in driving this change.

    Team Sweden in Germany invites you to an online event where we will showcase how Swedish and German lighthouse projects are helping to implement the green transition in Europe. Join us for a dialogue on challenges and opportunities we share - what is the impact on the industry, business, and society?

      Date & Time: 4 December - 13.00 - 14.30 CET
      Place: Online event (link will be provided)
      Participation is free of charge



      • Per Thöresson, Ambassador of Sweden to Germany

      Swedish-German collaboration for European competitiveness

      Welcoming remarks from Claudia Dörr-Voß, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

      Swedish-German collaboration for European competitiveness

      Welcoming remarks from Krister Nilsson, State Secretary to the Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs

      German-Swedish match for European leadership – enabling full business potential

      Europe is playing a crucial role in meeting the global sustainability challenges in a disruptive world, and German-Swedish collaboration is a powerful vehicle in the process. What are the key trends in the business landscape during the next decade? How does Germany and Sweden respond to those and what are the focus areas? What will the transformations mean for companies in strategic relevant industries?

      • Anna Liberg, Trade & Invest Commissioner to Germany, Business Sweden

      The importance of ambitious climate action for a resilient and prosperous future

      The Covid-19 pandemic has presented the world with a unique opportunity to tackle this and future generations’ greatest challenge: climate change. Every country in the world now has the possibility of restarting their economy, aimed at zero emissions and zero loss of nature, as investments in the future of human well-being. Among the greatest economies of the world, the EU has a key role to play in shaping this transition and has taken a big step with the European Green Deal.  Against this backdrop, Professor Rockström will highlight the importance of an exponential climate action at scale for such a sustainable transition to be successful

      • Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

      Case: Hydrogen fuel cells powering the future of transport

      Electric powertrains in vehicles produce zero local emissions – this is why hydrogen technology is important in developing low-carbon transportation, especially when it comes to heavy trucks. But there remains one major hurdle to rolling out fuel cell vehicles: steep manufacturing costs. To solve this, German manufacturing giant Bosch and startup Powercell Sweden have joined forces, targeting fuel cell stacks – the heart of the hydrogen powertrain.

      • Dr. Per Ekdunge, Founder and Vice President Powercell Sweden, CEO Powercell Deutschland GmbH
      • Dr. Achim Moritz, Product Manager Fuel Cell Mobility Solutions, Robert Bosch GmbH

      Case: The biggest change in steel production in 1,000 years

      In 2016, SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall joined forces to create HYBRIT – an initiative that endeavors to revolutionize steel-making. HYBRIT aims to replace coking coal, traditionally needed for ore-based steel making, with hydrogen. The result will be the world’s first fossil-free steel-making technology, with virtually no carbon footprint.

      • Andreas Regnell, Chairman, Hybrit Development

      Panel discussion: Collaboration for green transition in a new business landscape

      Covid-19 has disrupted the world as we know it and dramatically changed the society and business. What are the challenges and opportunities in the new business landscape? Where is innovation needed in the quest for a green transition? How can Sweden and Germany collaborate towards a more competitive and sustainable Europe?

      • Jonas Gustavsson, President and CEO, AFRY
      • Simone Menne, Supervisory Board Member BMW & Deutsche Post
      • Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research



      Claudia Dörr-Voß
      State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

      Krister Nilsson
      State Secretary to the Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade and Nordic Affairs

      Per Thöresson
      Ambassador of Sweden to Germany

      Anna Liberg
      Trade & Invest Commissioner of Sweden to Germany

      Anna Liberg has extensive experience in helping grow Swedish businesses and currently is responsible for Business Sweden in Germany

      Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström
      Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

      Dr. Per Ekdunge
      CEO, Powercell Deutschland GmbH

      Dr. Achim Moritz
      Product Manager Fuel Cells Mobility Solutions, Bosch

      Andreas Regnell
      Chairman, Hybrit Development

      Simone Menne
      Supervisory Board Member BMW & Deutsche Post

      Jonas Gustavsson
      President and CEO, AFRY

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