SEMINAR: Business Opportunities for the Climate and Economy

As the New Climate Economy has demonstrated, economic growth and reducing carbon pollution can go hand in hand. A number of private sector leaders are showing the way forward by pursuing actions themselves and working with policymakers to identify policies that benefit the climate, the economy, and the bottom line at the same time.

Sweden is a leading example of this, having internalized green growth principles in legislation and business practices. The Haga Initiative, for example, is a group of some of Sweden’s largest businesses that strives to reduce climate impact. In the United States, a number of companies are also demonstrating leadership, including as a source of cutting-edge, low-carbon innovation.

Join Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister, Isabella Lövin, President Felipe Calderón, Lord Nicholas Stern, and Andrew Steer of WRI for a conversation with leading representatives of Swedish and US businesses to discuss the roles and opportunities for growth oriented businesses to help acheive a wide range of social and environmental goals, including the SDGs and the Paris Agreement, the factors behind the Swedish success story, and how close connections between the two countries can help spur even more opportunities.

Welcome Remarks by Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States

Opening Remarks
by Isabella Lövin, Sweden's Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister.

Opening Address by Felipe Calderón, Former President of Mexico; Honorary Chair, Global Commission on Economy and Climate

Panel Discussion
moderated by Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute
- Jens Henriksson, CEO, Folksam
- Daniel Cruise, Global VP, Head of Europe Region, Business Development and Government & Public Affairs, Arconic
- Göran Nyström, Vice CEO, Ovako
- Elizabeth Heider, Chief Sustainability Officer, Skanska
- Nina Ekelund, Program Director, Haga Initiative

Closing Remarks by Nicholas Stern, President of the British Academy; Co-Chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate

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