Today the Swedish pavilion at Expo 2010 welcomes distinguished guests and experts within clean energy and climate technologies, jointly hosting the Nordic-Chinese Energy & Climate Forum together with the neighbor Nordic pavilions. Sweden showcases strong presence sharing the most advanced R&D results and solutions. Johan Tiedemann, State Secretary to the Swedish Minster for Nordic Cooperation opened the afternoon session.
– We have of course a Swedish pavilion at the site, and the exhibition in the Swedish Pavilion focuses on solutions to complex challenges related to the rapidly growing cities of today. The aging population is becoming one of the largest social and economic challenges faced by our societies. On the 13-14 of October we are planning to have at Sustainable Health Forum in the Swedish pavilion, highlighting the Sino-Swedish collaboration. All areas identified in the MoU, health systems, cancer management, medical research, antibiotic resistance, elderly care, eHealth and disability will be covered in different ways, said Johan Tiedemann.
The afternoon session of the Energy & Climate Forum features speeches and panel discussions from experts and leaders from the public and private sector. Amongst them are Mr. Van Hoang, Head of Swedish Trade Council of East China, Prof. Liu Yu, Director at the Department of Architecture, at the Northwestern Polytechnical University and Prof. Gabriel Somesfalean from Lund University.
The different parts of the programme will take place around the Nordic pavilions. During the part in the Swedish pavilion, one case from each country will be displayed, representing ground breaking research and new solutions within the areas of climate and energy.
The Swedish exhibition also focuses on environmental challenges and solutions, giving examples where Swedish innovation has solved climate challenges. One of the examples comes from Hammarby Sjöstad, which during the 80’s was a dirty industry harbor with a bad reputation.
At the beginning of the 90’s, when Stockholm applied for the Summer Olympics, initiatives were taken to regenerate the area in order to build the Olympic village. Despite Stockholm not getting the Olympic Games the regeneration was continued and today the area bears the title “Eco City”, which means that they have certain sustainable solutions for waste handling and energy usage. Hammarby Sjöstad is now a success story and is used as a model for future urban planning in Sweden.