Almedalen 2015 – with the most incisive debates on future energy and climate policy

What are the challenges and opportunities facing the formulation and implementation future energy and climate policy? What does the energy system shift mean for security of supply, competitiveness, ecological sustainability and the general investment climate?

For the fifth year in succession, Swedegas will be arranging seminars at Almedalen. The aim this year is to offer key insights into how the energy shift can take place optimally. Welcome to Visby's most incisive discussion forum on energy and climate.


Tuesday, June 30


High time to switch – but how? International perspective on future energy challenges
How does a smart energy system create conditions for jobs, growth and the shift to renewable energy sources? We will examine what is happening globally and within the EU and highlight how this is impacting on Swedish energy and climate policy. In Sweden political decision-makers are charged with the task of shaping the energy mix of the future along with a potential climate policy framework. How will the outcome of global climate negotiations and the EU's ambitions regarding the Energy Union affect Sweden? Discussion between representatives from the government, the European Commission and industry as well as researchers and the environmental movement. The seminar is a joint arrangement with the Fores 2030 Secretariat. 

Participants: Cecilie Tenfjord Toftby (M) Energy Commission • Katarina Areskoug Mascarenhas, Head of the European Commission Representation in Sweden • Isadora Wronski, Greenpeace Sweden • Håkan Feuk, Vice President CEO Office, E.ON • Jakob Granit, Centre Director, Stockholm Environment Institute • Lars Gustafsson, CEO Swedegas

Moderator: Mattias Goldmann, CEO Fores 2030 Secretariat


Debate between the parliamentary parties: Is there sufficient energy in the energy policy? Debate about the work of the Energy Commission
The seminar will help to gauge the value of the introductory work carried out by the Energy Commission. What is the view among politicians of the aims behind the Energy Policy and what types of energy should be included in Sweden's future energy mix? The task of the Energy Commission includes highlighting the function of the energy market, factors that impact on the willingness to invest and socio-economic efficiency. These questions are discussed in the light of how the Swedish system will ensure security of supply, competitiveness and ecological sustainability. The question of how Sweden is contributing to achieving the global 'Two-Degree Target' and the EU climate and energy objectives will also be discussed. Taking part in the debate will be party spokespersons on energy policy, as well as members of the Energy Commission. The seminar is a joint arrangement with Sustainable Innovation.

Participants: Energy Commission members: Maria Strömkvist (S), Member of Parliament • Lise Nordin (MP), Member of Parliament • Rickard Nordin (C), Member of Parliament • Penilla Gunther (KD), Member of Parliament • Mattias Bäckström Johansson (SD), Member of Parliament • Jörgen Warborn (M), Member of Parliament

Moderator: Ola Alterå, CEO Sustainable Innovation


Secure, renewable supply – what will replace nuclear power?
A safe, secure, sustainable energy supply is crucial to Swedish industry and is necessary to ensure growth and the creation of new job opportunities. What will replace nuclear power and ensure a baseload power supply that can satisfy demand regardless of the weather conditions? The expansion of renewable power production, such as wind power, will be a further component in the energy mix. What demands are being made on an energy system with an increasing proportion of renewables? At present nuclear power and hydroelectric power are the primary baseload power sources in the Swedish supply system. The more renewable power production we have, the more important it is to find new baseload power sources as a complement. These issues will be discussed by representatives from politics, industry, the public sector and academia.

Ingemar Nilsson (S), Member of Parliament • Erik Brandsma, Director-General, Swedish Energy Agency • Lars-Eric Aaro, CEO LKAB • Maria Sunér Fleming, Director – Energy and Climate Policies, Confederation of Swedish Enterprise • Jan Nordling, Project Director – Electricity Crossroads, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences • Lars Gustafsson, CEO Swedegas

Moderator: Maria Sunér Fleming, The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise


Can international competitiveness be combined with an effective energy and climate policy?
The seminar highlights how the preconditions for a resource-efficient, internationally competitive economy can be created optimally – without compromising on climate demands. What is the view in politics and industry about how this balance can be achieved with the best outcome? What does it mean in practice for industry, shipping and the automotive sector? What is required in politics to speed up the shift? What is the next step to be taken and is it ambition or cost-effectiveness that will be the deciding factor? These issues will be discussed by representatives from industry and the shipping and the transport sector along with politicians and trade unions.

Participants: Anders Fröberg, CEO Borealis/Chair IKEM • Mattias Goldmann, CEO, Fores 2030 Secretariat • Lars Hjälmered (M), Deputy Chair, Trade and Industry Committee • Anders Ferbe, Chair, IF Metall • Pia Berglund, CEO Swedish Shipowners' Association

Moderator: Johan Zettergren, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Swedegas


Wednesday, July 1


What is required to stimulate sustainable investment in a modern energy industry?
The right investment climate in the energy industry is a basic prerequisite for the shift to a sustainable energy system. Investment requires political decisions and marketing calculations. Internationally, the trend is for politics to control a great deal of the investment flow and that the markets are in need of long-term rules in order to make investment decisions. How do we ensure the requisite investment is made in production and infrastructure to bring about a society without net emissions of greenhouse gases and without sacrificing competitiveness and security of supply? Swedish climate policy is founded on carbon tax and emission allowance trading but what market intervention measures could emerge in the future? Which new business models will materialise? Representatives from politics, academia, the energy sector and the finance industry will discuss the challenges. The seminar is a joint arrangement with Electricity Crossroads, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

Participants: Maria Wetterstrand, Chair of the government Greening Process analysis group • Tomas Kåberger, Chalmers University of Technology Professor and a member of the Board of Vattenfall • Tony Rosten, Acting Director-General of the Energy Markets Directorate • Björn O. Nilsson, CEO IVA • Lars Gustafsson, CEO Swedegas

Moderator: Mia Odabas


Best in the world in renewables. How will Sweden ensure that the EU achieves this goal?
The EU aims to be a world leader in renewables. And every country will need to make a contribution. In Sweden the government has assigned the Environmental Objectives Council the task of reviewing the potential for introducing a climate policy framework that would stipulate the rate at which Sweden will reduce emissions. The Council will also create clearly defined driving forces for the greening process and a good investment climate for industry. The Energy Commission will highlight the interaction between different forms of energy and potential conflicts of interest. But are the Government's initiatives sufficient? How will these enquiries harmonise and contribute to realising the objectives adopted in Sweden and the EU? And what view do politicians and energy representatives take of the way in which the ecological sustainability perspective in the energy policy is being shaped? Representatives from the Environmental Objectives Council, the Energy Commission and the energy sector will discuss challenges and opportunities. The seminar is a joint arrangement with the Swedish Gas Association.

Participants: Anders Wijkman, Chair of the All Party Committee on Environmental Objectives • Ola Alterå, CEO Sustainable Innovation • Lotta Brändström, CEO Göteborg Energi/GoBiGas • Linda Burenius Magnusson, CEO OX2 • Johan Zettergren, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Swedegas

Moderator: Anders Mathiasson, CEO Swedish Gas Association


Time for Power to Gas in Sweden?
Sweden is about to undergo large-scale expansion of wind power. There will be no lack of access to renewable energy. The challenge is to make it available where it is needed, when it is needed and at competitive prices. The time is now ripe to introduce Power to Gas technology in Sweden. Technology that can utilise surplus electricity from wind power by producing hydrogen gas, storing the surplus in the gas grid or producing more biogas. A recent study of the potential of Power to Gas in three areas of the country will be presented – but where will the first pilot plant be constructed? A panel made up of representatives from politics and industry will discuss how Power to Gas will contribute to increasing the proportion of renewable energy and its significance to industry and regional development.

Participants: Tina Helin, CEO E.ON Gas • Charlotte Unger, CEO Swedish Wind Energy • Karin Byman, IVA • Isabel Enström (MP), Group Leader, Gotland Region • Johan Zettergren, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Swedegas

Moderator: Martin Ragnar, Research Manager, Energy Research Institute


What is the role of biogas in the energy shift?
In Skåne and in other regions intensive work is taking place to make biogas an energy source that will make a difference in the local energy mix. The trend in the country as a whole, however, has not been the same. Biogas is a competitive, environment and climate friendly, resource-efficient fuel that has considerable potential in the energy shift, particularly for the transport and industry sector. What is needed, however, is a national strategy that demonstrates how we will reach that point. The seminar highlights work on producing a national biogas strategy that is common to everyone in the industry. This work is founded on unique, broad-based collaboration. The seminar will also present the opportunity to raise the level of knowledge about the work that is being done and to listen to representatives from politics and the gas sector discuss the potential and benefits of biogas as well as the related challenges and needs.
The seminar is a joint arrangement with the Skåne Region and the Swedish Gas Association.

Participants: Gustav Hemming (C), Stockholm County Council Commissioner, Environment and Archipelago • Mätta Ivarsson (MP), Chair, Regional Development Committee, Skåne Region • Anna Brynås, CEO Swedish Biogas International • Hanna Paradis, Swedegas

Moderator: Maria Malmkvist, Director, Analysis and Marketing, Swedish Gas Association