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Published

22 December 2016

New programme to focus on restructuring for climate-neutral Sweden

Mistra’s Board has decided on a new programme of climate research to be headed by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. It will draw up proposals on how Swedish industry and society should be restructured to attain zero net emissions of greenhouse gases. Mistra will be providing most of the programme’s funding of SEK 80 million, which will make it one of the Foundation’s largest investments in a single programme.

‘One strength of the programme emphasised by the Board in its decision was its comprehensive approach, with several sectors of society included in the research. Behind the programme is a strong group of academic organisations, several of which have taken part in Mistra’s previous climate research,’ says Thomas Nilsson, who will head the programme at Mistra.

Besides IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, the consortium will include four Swedish higher education institutions, a few foreign research institutes and numerous companies and other organisations.

 The programme, to be entitled ‘Non-Emission Products and Services in Sweden’, represents the ambition of contributing to climate-neutral products and services. This will involve devising both new technical solutions and, for example, policy instruments and business models. Case studies will be carried out in the transport and construction sectors and in transport infrastructure, and the researchers will also study energy supply.

Broad climate aims

With a total budget of SEK 80 million over four years — with Mistra providing SEK 56m and collaborating organisations the remaining SEK 24m — this is one of Mistra’s biggest investments in a single programme to date.

The programme is intended to support both Sweden’s international commitments under the Paris Agreement and national climate objectives, with a view to cutting our society’s carbon emissions to zero or close to zero, Nilsson says.

‘We hope that, in the long term, the programme will result in practical technical solutions, but also come up with new proposals on how society and public agencies can attain clear results using policy instruments and other measures.’

The next stage will be to approve an adjusted programme plan. Signing of a formal agreement between Mistra and the research consortium can then take place. The programme is expected to start in spring 2017.

‘The Government has recently proposed a ten-year national research programme on the climate, but we can embark on this programme now.’

FACTS

Partners in Mistra’s new climate research programme are Chalmers University of Technology, the University of Gothenburg, Linköping University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute (coordinator). Two research institutes, Resources for the Future (US) and the German Institute for Economic Research, and various companies and organisations, have also joined the consortium.

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