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It’s Egypt which will host when the UN on Sunday begins its 27th climate meeting in the series, Cop 27. In addition to Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (M) and Climate and Environment Minister Romina Pourmokhtari (L), a large business delegation led by Business Sweden will also participate from the Swedish side. The companies’ presence is important for several reasons, says Marie Trogstam, head of sustainability at Swedish Enterprise. , or because of high sustainability goals, Swedish companies can act as role models. In addition, their products have the potential to lower emissions globally, either through technological innovations or through a lower climate footprint than equivalent products.”If Swedish companies can push this faster and more extensively, there is enormous potential to accelerate the transition. Therefore, it is important for us to pursue the issue of Swedish companies’ conditions”, says Marie Trogstam.One of the companies whose technology can contribute to reaching the Paris Agreement is Alfa Laval. “We want to make these solutions visible to the decision-makers in order to speed up the implementation of existing technology,” states the company’s sustainability manager Anna Celsing, but adds that networking with companies and other organizations is also important.” In order to reach our 1.5 degree target, we have to work together.” to create a sustainable, climate-neutral society, we must start using the raw materials we already have, over and over again, and quickly make the economy more circular,” says Pär Larshans, head of sustainability at the waste company Ragnsells, which is now well on its way to changing to raw material supplier.”We detoxify waste flows in growing cities so that the raw materials can return to the cycles and meet the market’s needs without the climate footprint of the constant the new mining means. It requires political decisions that support the use of recycled materials, instead of hindering it as today.”Climate and Environment Minister Romina Pourmokhtari (L) together with Sweden’s chief negotiator Mattias Frumerie during a press conference earlier this week. Photo: Joey AbraitFor the startup company Heart Aerospace, which has promised its first delivery of an electric passenger aircraft as early as 2028, it is instead important that the electrification of aviation is on the agenda when the transformation of the transport sector is discussed. “The technology to start flying the shortest routes on electricity already exists, but it is the choices we do today, when it comes to things like policy and infrastructure investments, which determine the impact electric aircraft will have on emissions in 2050”, says Anders Forslund, Heart Aerospace founder and CEO. With an approaching recession in sight, and after a year characterized by major geopolitical tensions, there is concern that some countries will depart from their previous ambitions. Swedish Business wants to see clear signals about sticking to the 1.5 degree target, says Marie Trogstam, and is open to increased support for poorer countries. “Technical and financial support would be needed for the developing countries to have the right conditions to cope with the transition. Then I also think that Swedish companies would have greater opportunities to reach out with their climate-smart solutions,” she says.

Climate meeting in Egypt

The UN climate meeting is held between November 6-19 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. The meeting is the 27th Conference of the Parties – Cop 27 – within the framework of the UN Climate Convention (UNFCCC). During the meeting, work continues with the implementation of the Paris Agreement and follow-up of the so-called Glasgow Pact, which was adopted last year. The focus is expected to be on how emissions should be reduced, the need for climate adaptation, damages and losses, and climate finance. The overall goal is to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees, with the ambition to reach a maximum of 1.5 degrees. Around 35,000 participants are expected at the meeting, of which close to 200 heads of state and government. Both Sweden’s Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson (M) and Climate and Environment Minister Romina Pourmokhtari (L) participate in the meeting. A total of 18 companies are part of the Swedish business delegation together with Swedish authorities and representatives from research institutes and expert organisations. According to Business Sweden, the participating companies are leaders in the green transition. Follow Di’s coverage of the climate meeting at di.se/hallbart-naringsliv.