This week, the P4G, Partnership for Growth, Summit and conference, is taking place online and to some degree offline, in Seoul, south Korea. Our Danish friends have been working hard with their South Korean hosts to make this a successful event and an important milestone among international climate conferences before the Glasgow COP26 in November.
It may sound like a quote by Yoda, of Star Wars fame, but the slogan “Green we go, change we make” is a good imperative
You will need to register to participate at any of the sessions that are taking place from yesterday to the coming Monday, and you will need some patience with the stuff they want to know about you, but it’s worth it.
From this conference you should expect to learn about new disclosures for climate commitments not only by the host-country South Korea, but also from other nations. President Moons’ administration have worked hard to get Leaders of State to physically participate at the Summit on Monday and it will be interesting to see how many are prepared to travel these days. Perhaps significant steps forward to a green transition have motivated some of them to come to rub elbows.
Sweden have several interesting speakers participating through the week, topped by Prime minister Stefan Löfven giving a video message on Saturday and Deputy Prime Minister Per Bolund participating on Wednesday. See a complete list below, and I’ll update with exact times as I have them.
Each of the Breakout Sessions taking place before the summit have Host Organizations at the Korean government and public sector which mean there is a very broad participation by the Korean Government besides of the Presidents office.
We at the OSI, the Embassy and Business Sweden, have participated in discussions about the Green Technologies Session taking place on Friday. The session is hosted by the Ministry for Science and ICT, MSIT, and much of the practical work have been made by the good people at the Green Technology Center, an exciting think tank that we also worked with in the Nordic Talks event on Green Transition in February (we blogged about it here).
SEI, Stockholm Environment Institute, is participating with a keynote by its leader Måns Nilsson and will be publishing a policy paper on reduction of CO2 emissions from industry (Link will be here). In the same session you will find Melker Jernberg, CEO of Volvo Construction Equipment, that announced a new engagement in hydrogen no more than a week ago. In the Business Forum on Thursday, you will find IKEA Deputy CEO Juvencio Maeztu, representing their global ambition to be climate positive by 2030.
I suggest you keep an eye on these events through the week. I’ts a high profile opportunity for people to release news and media space will probably be crowded with new things.
For South Korea it is super significant to have an event on Green Growth to increase the domestic momentum. From the OSI and Team Sweden, we will continue doing our best to promote green transition of industry, where cooperation with Swedish companies is the most promising.
Here is a list of contributors with a Swedish connection:
- Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister, 30/5, Leaders’ Session, 18.00-20.00.
- Per Bolund, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Environment and Climate. 26/5, Oceans, Session II (Marine Plastic Litter), 22.35-22.50. “A Blue Ocean Without Litter.”
- Melker Jernberg, President & CEO, Volvo Construction Equipment. 28/5, Green Technology, Group I (Action) The Private Sector’s Carbon-Neutral Strategy and Green Technology, 20.07-20.42. Keynote Speech.
- Juvencio Maeztu, Deputy CEO & CFO, Ingka Group (IKEA). 27/5, Business Forum, 20.15-20.35. “Climate Positive: What Does it Take?”
- Måns Nilsson, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute. 28/5, Green Technology, Group II (Challenges & Opportunities) Potential of Green Technology, 20.42-21.17. Keynote Speech.
- Simon Chrisander, Deputy Mayor of Malmö. 24/5, Carbon Neutrality, 21.11-21.56. “City of Malmö: Planning Process to become RE100 City – Wind Power Encouragement, Innovative Ideas to Pursue Carbon Neutrality in Energy Sector.”
- Matilda, Anna Carolina Henriksson, 29/5, Future Generation, Town Hall Meeting Participant
- Michael Guldborg, 29/5, Future Generation, Project Pitch On-Off Line Participant
- Sebastian Kotewitz, 29/5, Future Generation, Project Pitch On-Off Line Participant
Written by Anders Hektor