January 20 - Day 4
Climate neutral cities

We are now in a decisive time regarding global challenges and climate change in particular. Reducing carbon emissions to reach net zero is one of the most effective ways to address this issue but it will require collective action to achieve. Cities play an important role in this process towards a more sustainable world.

The final day of Sweden Innovation Days will explore concrete steps to reach net zero including climate contracts and the Climate Smart City Challenge.


How to achieve the Paris Agreement by accelerating innovation to the market

To truly address climate change, we need to fundamentally change our energy systems around the world. A clean energy transition is already taking place but it needs to be sped up. This can be done by implementing and scaling up the use of the many green innovative solutions already at our disposal.

Robert Andrén, Director General, Swedish Energy Agency


Accelerating net-zero compatible innovations

It’s time to move beyond reduced emissions and instead towards 1.5C compatibility assessment and avoided emissions. Explore how accelerating transformative solutions can support global sustainability.

Dennis Pamlin, Senior Advisor, RISE & Mission Innovation


Behavioral change and nudging - Key for a sustainable tomorrow

How can behavioral change potentially change people’s mindsets and encourage them to become more sustainable? It all starts and ends with one important thing, each individual changing their behavior around CO2-emission consumption.

Maria Stenström, Responsible of Behavioral Change and Mobility, The Swedish 2030-secretariat


The challenge in practice - The case of Gothenburg

There is no shortage of bold promises. What is urgently needed are practical roadmaps. The city of Gothenburg aims to take the lead in this area.

Carl Mossfeldt, Strategic Head, City of Gothenburg, Climate Transition Office


Helsingborg – a springboard for innovation


Climate Smart Cities Challenge: Paving the way for large scale investments

Teams of innovative companies from around the world are invited to work together with four cities on three continents to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Learn how the Climate Smart Cities Challenge’s process is paving the way for large scale investments in climate neutral cities.

Olle Armstrand Dierks, Co-lead for Climate Smart Cities Challenge, Viable Cities


Driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system through innovation in partnerships, business models and co-creation

The science is clear – we need to shift to fossil free transport solutions. Innovation and co-creation throughout the value chain is key. Scania is determined to drive the shift towards a sustainable transport system by participating in the dialogue with governments, adjacent industries and other important stakeholders who can influence change.

Jennie Cato, Head of Public Affairs and Partnerships, Scania Group


6G as an enabler for climate neutral cities

The vision is that 6G will enable a cyber-physical continuum, that blends the physical real world of sensing, action and experience with a programmable digital representation of that same world. Intelligent machines (or AIs) will cooperate and interact in the digital world over real-world connections and open paths for climate neutral solutions.

Magnus Frodigh, Vice President and Head of Ericsson Research, Ericsson AB


The road to green growth in Skellefteå

The former head of Enterprise Development in Skellefteå describes the challenges in attracting and building the infrastructure for NorthVolt.

Bengt Ivansson, CEO, Beliva


NorthVolt: Enabling the future of energy by making the world’s greenest batteries

The story behind the creation of the world’s greenest batteries and the need to support game changing transformations in electrification, mobility and society. Explore what positive effects are expected and the challenges ahead as we transition to greener future energy.

Emma Nehrenheim, Chief Environmental Officer, Northvolt


How does innovation emerge?

Three concrete examples of innovation from the Greentech sector that has started where nobody would have guessed. Follow us in the Lundbäck legacy and be surprised.


Tomorrow's solutions - meet two startups

During Sweden Innovation Days hundreds of startups/scaleups from 10 countries meet with over 90 international corporates and public organizations in curated matchmaking meetings to ignite innovation through startup x corporate collaboration. Meet with Indian startup MinionLabs and Canadian startup RUNWITHIT Synthetics and learn more about their new technology.

Gokul Shrinivas, Founder & CEO, MinionLabs
Myrna Bittner, Co-Founder & CEO, RUNWITHIT Synthetics


Panel discussion: Today’s innovative startups, tomorrow’s future

Startups are addressing the call for a world with zero emissions. But what are the next steps? This panel will merge three perspectives – the government, the innovators and the corporates. Together they can create a win-win for all, especially the climate.

Darja Isaksson, Director General, Vinnova Sweden's Innovation Agency
Jenny Larsson, CEO, Hitachi Energy Sweden
Liselott Johansson, CEO, Greater Than
Robert Andrén, Director General, Swedish Energy Agency
Thomas Öström, Board of Directors, Climeon


Closing Remarks


Breakout session - Climate Smart Cities Challenge - The start of a journey towards system demonstration

An interactive session on how the finalists of the Climate Smart Cities Challenge will work together with Sweden, UN-Habitat, cities, corporates and other participants. This marks the start of a journey towards some of the finalists becoming winning teams that demonstrate new pathways and capabilities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while also contributing to other societal benefits. Ultimately, multiple and diverse stakeholders in cities will come together to learn from these demonstrators, and mobilise the necessary investments for climate transition.

Moderated by: Olle Armstrand Dierks, Co-lead for Climate Smart Cities Challenge, Viable Cities


All times in CET

Solar cells on trucks for environmentally friendly transports

One of the biggest challenges today is to reduce CO2 emissions from fossil fuels in order to lower the climate impact. In Sweden a large part of the fossil fuels are used to drive transport. The goal of this project is to develop new systems with modern solar cells on trucks to reduce CO2 emissions from transport and to balance the electricity grid.

Eric Falkgrim, Technology Leader, Scania CV
Erik Johansson, Professor, Uppsala University

Organised by Uppsala University

Founders session with WA3RM

In this fireside chat, the founder of WA3RM will discuss their journey so far, as well as their financing model, and how to move "beyond zero." This startup develops regenerative and circular businesses based on industrial waste streams, making a direct impact on the environment.

Moderator: Cathrin Johansson, Community Manager (Startups), Ignite Sweden
Thomas Parker, Founder, WA3RM

Organised by Ignite Sweden

De-carbonisation of Industry and Mobility through hydrogen

To limit climate change, it is urgent and central to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy. This discussion will explore smart and sustainable industry and mobility. Through co-creation, France, Germany and Sweden can jointly pioneer the possible within electrification and hydrogen!

Moderator: Lars Friberg, Program Manager, Vinnova Sweden’s Innovation Agency

Anna Liberg, Head of Hydrogen Program, Business Sweden
Björn Santana Arvidsson, Country Manager Sweden, Lhyfe
Henrik Gustafsson, Manager Public Affairs, Transport Policy and Trade, Scania
Håkan Åkesson, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden in Paris
Jazaer Dawody, Senior Officer, Swedish Energy Agency
Malin Dahlroth, Head of Business Development Nordic, Uniper
Oliver Weinmann, Managing Director, Vattenfall Innovation, President of German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV)
Per Thöresson, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden in Berlin

Organised by Vinnova Sweden's Innovation Agency

Side events

All times are in CET

Smart Urban Traffic Zones - Joining forces for innovation within urban road transport

The digital transformation provides new opportunities and tools to improve the transport system in a sustainable way. Smart Urban Traffic Zones will in the future be part of enabling a more flexible city where vehicles move on people's terms. Welcome to this webinar where you will listen about the project Smart Urban Traffic Zones and how to use geofence technology as a tool to contribute to quieter, safer and healthier environments in which to live.

Organiser: Smart Urban Traffic Zones


Innovative housing fairs based on the pillars of the New European Bauhaus

The innovation cluster Smart Housing Småland is forming a housing fair apparatus based on innovation and the pillars of New European Bauhaus: together, beautiful and sustainable. Rural areas and smaller towns are especially interesting. In this session, Region Kronoberg and Växjö municipality describe their views, challenges and possibilities when setting up the first planned housing fair BY2030.

Organiser: Smart Housing Småland


Co-creation for innovation – Together we can pioneer a sustainable industry

For a global transformation to a sustainable industry, collaboration across sectors and borders is crucial. We would like to focus and identify needs, formulate goals and solutions together with you. Interested in taking part in a workshop on local production, digital services, and resilience? Please register your interest to take part in advance with Malin Petersen

Organiser: Vinnova Sweden's Innovation Agency together with Business Sweden, Office of Science and Innovation in New Delhi, Office of Science and Innovation in Seoul, The Swedish Institute, Strategic innovation programme Produktion2030, RE:Source, & 2050 Carbon Neutrality Commission


Sustainable heating and cooling - TermoNet

The systems that provide us with heating and cooling are under pressure, due to the requirements to phase out fossil fuels and maintain biodiversity. This session is an introduction to a new system solution that combines district heating and cooling, surplus heat capture, heat pumps and geothermal energy storage with smart asset management, preserving the existing distribution infrastructure.

Organiser: Högskolan Halmstad


Meet THINGS – Let's talk Deep Tech

Let's talk and share how to accelerate startup corporate collaboration with Deep Tech companies in Industry 4.0.

Organiser: THINGS


Towards a framework and rating system for sustainable interiors

How can we measure sustainability in interior projects? Hållbar Interiör aims to demonstrate that the road forward for interior design is circular, with a new business standard and a ranking system for resource-effective production and consumption of interiors. In this round table discussion, learn more and get an idea of how interior architects, researchers, AI experts and clients are working to change the industry.

Organiser: Hållbar Interiör


Smart Built Environment – A strategic innovation programme

Digitalisation is the single most significant change factor of our age. Meet Smart Built Environment, the strategic innovation programme that outlines how the built environment sector can contribute to Sweden’s journey to the global forefront of the new opportunities of digitalisation. Learn about InfraSweden2030 and how they work with a vision that Sweden will have a competitive and climate-neutral transport infrastructure sector by 2030. You will also meet the winner of the innovation contest “Circular Digital Construction Site.”

Organiser: Smart Built Environment


Decarbonisation of cities through energy storage and e-mobility

Welcome to a seminar and workshop with experts and companies showcasing Sweden's leading position within sustainable batteries and electrification of transport and opportunities for investments and collaborations in Sweden.

Organiser: Business Sweden


Buildings from buildings – And other ways towards a resource efficient construction sector

Re:Source will present their new innovation agenda RE:Agenda focusing on how to reach a sustainable use of materials and resources. Hear about two ongoing projects that use concrete, steel and other materials from old buildings in new ones. The City of Gothenburg will share their lessons learned from the construction of the pre-school "Hoppet." The Swedish Construction Federation will also present their new roadmap for a sustainable construction sector and Material Economics their report "Preserving value in EU industrial materials".

Organiser: The strategic innovation program RE:Source


Punctuality in Rail Traffic - Innovation Project EDIT 3.0 - UAS, drones and digitalisation serving society, rail transport and Trafikverket

In this webinar, learn about the innovation project that supports punctuality and regularity in Rail Traffic. Increased situational awareness and understanding are key when maintaining punctuality in traffic. Innovation relies on new ways of working and cooperation between stakeholders, and innovation in policy and process design, all backed by innovative use of mobile platforms for collection and processing of data, information and decision support. This includes innovations related to data collection using UAS, drones and forward / aft facing CCTV on trains in traffic. The power of crowd droning will also be explored during this webinar.



Innovative housing fairs based on the three pillars of New European Bauhaus.

The innovation cluster Smart Housing Småland is forming a housing fair apparatus based on innovation and the pillars of New European Bauhaus: Together, Beautiful, Sustainable. Rural areas and smaller towns are especially interesting. Region Kronoberg and Växjö municipality describe their views, challenges and possibilities when setting up the first planned housing fair BY2030. A panel reflects live about the plans and the future in delivering housing on the themes Together, Beautiful, Sustainable.

Organiser: Smart Housing Småland


EPD Berg: Embracing the era of collaboration in the aggregates industry

Learn more about the environmental challenges being faced by one of the most extracted resources in Europe: sand and gravel (aggregates). We will discuss how simulation models can help address these challenges and lead to more sustainable construction products in this 45 minute workshop. You can even have a go at being an aggregate producer and see if you can find improvements to the production process.

Organiser: Chalmers University of Technology


Innovative housing fairs based on the pillars of New European Bauhaus

The innovation cluster Smart Housing Småland is forming a housing fair apparatus based on innovation and the pillars of New European Bauhaus: together, beautiful and sustainable. Rural areas and smaller towns are especially interesting. In this session, Region Kronoberg and Växjö municipality describe their views, challenges and possibilities when setting up the first planned housing fair BY2030. A panel reflects live about the plans and the future in delivering housing on the themes Together, Beautiful, Sustainable.

Organiser: Smart Housing Småland


Future thinking for building climate-positive organizations: Your guide to accelerating climate strategy

This session with Institute for the Future will help your organization identify opportunities for transformation that you can act on today to become climate-positive. It will use strategic foresight tools to systematically guide you through the climate crisis and where it fits into your organization’s strategic planning. It will also help you think through what you need to do to build a climate-positive organization for the long term.

Organiser: Vinnova Silicon Valley


Cyber challenges in future of mobility

Autonomous transportation is an evolving ecosystem that increasingly is blurring the boundaries between established industries. Cybersecurity is a specific and growing issue that is challenging traditional divisions between public and private and will require new types of collaborations and partnerships. The purpose of this panel is to highlight the complex cyber challenges that will impact stakeholders in autonomous transport and smart cities.

Organiser: Vinnova Silicon Valley


Taking on climate tech - What can Sweden and Silicon Valley learn from each other?

Over the past year, entrepreneurial activity and investments in climate tech have soared to the point that leading investment corporations now expect the next 1,000 billion-dollar start-ups to be in climate tech. Between 2016 and 2021, climate tech start-ups in the U.S. raised the most funding, while their equivalents in Sweden came in third place. The rapidly growing market constitutes an opportunity for investors, entrepreneurs, and societies to couple financial gain with impact – leading to both Sweden and Silicon Valley joining the race to become the capital of climate tech. But how equipped are our ecosystems to foster and scale climate tech companies at the pace needed for net-zero transitions? And how do Sweden and Silicon Valley differ in how the opportunity of climate tech is seized?

Organiser: Vinnova Silicon Valley


Digital Winter Road Condition Information for sustainable cities

Gothenburg is the first city in the world to have implemented the concept of Digital Winter Road Condition Information. Its objective is to make winter maintenance sustainable by increasing resource efficiency and traffic safety, and reducing negative environmental impact, while making a better working environment and an attractive sector with increased gender equality. Join this session to learn more about the concept.

Organiser: InfraSweden2030/Gothenburg City