December 15, 2023 Innovation & Sustainability Summit “Driving the Green Transition Together”

Friday 15 December 2023
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”Businesses play a key role in the green transitions, and they need to be included in the conversations” – H.R.H. Prince Jamie de Bourbon de Parme, Climate Envoy of the Netherlands

On December 15, 2023, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce hosted its highly anticipated annual flagship event, the Sustainability & Innovation Summit, themed “Driving the Green Transition Together”.

The event commenced with H.E. Ambassador of Sweden in the Netherlands, Mr. Johannes Oljelund, sharing valuable insights from the recent Swedish Presidency of the European Council, with a specific focus on advancing the European sustainability agenda. Following this was a captivating fireside talk featured H.E. Climate Ambassador of Sweden, Mattias Frumerie, and H.R.H. Prince Jamie de Bourbon de Parme, Climate Envoy of the Netherlands. Together, they shared key takeaways and reflections from COP28, emphasizing its historic significance as the first inclusion of the private sector. ”Businesses play a key role in the green transitions, and they need to be included in the conversations” said H.R.H. Prince Jamie de Bourbon de Parme.

Just like COP28, this year’s Summit uniquely incorporated the business perspective on the green transition, emphasizing the need for a systemic and collaborative approach. Pär Stenmark, Chief Sustainability Officer at Inter IKEA Systems, delivered an insightful presentation on IKEA’s innovative sustainability strategy. Subsequently, a panel discussion featuring business leaders offered valuable insights into how Swedish and Dutch companies are adapting their business models for green transitions, the collaborations propelling their efforts, and their navigation of the policies and regulations under the European Green Deal. The distinguished panellists included Anne Korthals Atles, Sustainability Manager at Vattenfall, Jan Terlouw, Director of Saab Netherlands, and Douwe Dirks, Chief Commercial Officer of the circular furniture company NORNORM.

From the academic field, René Kleijn, Professor of Resilient Resource Supply at Leiden University, delivered a compelling talk on the interrelation of resources, resilience, materials, and geopolitics in the context of green transitions. The discussions were skillfully guided by Andrea Orsag, a proficient moderator, Sustainability Strategy Expert, and the founder of Mission C

In conclusion, the Swedish Chamber’s Sustainability & Innovation Summit 2023 provided expert insights, showcased cutting-edge innovations, and stories of change-makers actively turning the green transition into reality. The Swedish Chamber would like to thank the speakers, attendees, and sponsors for their active engagement and commitment to fostering cooperation and discussion within the Swedish-Dutch business community on the crucial topic of the green transition.



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