Dag: 8 May, 2019

Carbon budgets and Södermanlands Climate Day

Last Friday, the Climate Leadership Node was invited to Södermanlands klimatdag (climate day) 2019. Södermanland is the county immediately to the south-west of Stockholm with a population of roughly 300 000 people. It is also one of the counties for which we calculated a carbon budget in 2018. In this report, the county’s allocated budget was 14Mt C02, roughly 5% of Sweden’s total budget. If emissions continue at 2016 levels, Södermanland will break this budget by mid next decade. Hence, we recommend an emissions reduction curve of 16% p.a. See the full report here.

The conference took place at ReTuna, the world’s first recycling mall, where pre-loved goods are given a second chance through recycling and upcycling (see above picture, source: etunanytt.se). In the morning, Aaron, research assistant at the Climate Change Leadership Node, gave a presentation on Södermanland’s carbon budget and what this means for the county. Throughout the day we heard from different local government authorities, businesses working with sustainability and of course ReTuna, itself a leading example of circular economy.

We also heard from Södermanland’s largest and Sweden’s fourth largest individual source of emissions, the SSAB Oxelösund steel production facility. This corresponds to roughly half of the entire county’s emissions and means that Södermanland has one of the highest per capita CO2 emissions in Sweden. It was exciting to hear how presenters and participants engaged with our carbon budget analysis and continually referred to our recommended targets throughout the day.

SSAB Steel Manufacturer. [Wikipedia]

In fostering local climate leadership, an ongoing question is how to manage local emissions that add value at the national level, such as SSAB Oxelösund. As our research continues, we will investigate this further and explore different ways of allocating emissions and associated responsibilities amongst different levels of political influence and across different sectors.

Whilst at the conference, Aaron was interviewed by SVT Södermanland about the county’s budget. You can watch it here


Welcome to the new CCL webpage!

Hello and welcome to the new Climate Change Leadership web page!

Here you will find exciting events, cutting-edge research and platforms for you to become a climate change leader yourself!

Founded in 2015, The Climate Change Leadership Node is an interdisciplinary research project linked to the Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership.  With a 10-year series of visiting professorships, Zennström Philanthropies and Uppsala University are enabling the development of an environment that will directly address some of the most challenging questions that climate change poses to humanity, develop novel solutions, and enable transformative change in the nexus of science, policy and innovation. The professors will in distinct but mutually reinforcing ways, inspire new research and education and catalyze the much needed action toward a more sustainable future. The first three Zennström professors are Doreen Stabinsky (2015-2016), Kevin Anderson (2016-2018) and Keri Facer (2019 – )

Keri, the current professor, is Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol, School of Education. She works on rethinking the relationship between formal educational institutions and wider society and is particularly concerned with the sorts of knowledge that may be needed to address contemporary environmental, economic, social and technological changes.

Our past professors, Kevin Anderson and Doreen Stabinsky have left lasting legacies at Uppsala University. For example, Doreen started a student delegation at the University to attend the UNFCCC’s Climate Summits, whilst Kevin started a project on calculating carbon budgets for Swedish municipalities and counties.

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