This month and next, Sweden’s three strategic research
environments dealing with energy issues, appointed by the government, will be bringing a message to the United Nation’s climate change conference in Qatar, on the way in which one Scandinavian country has chosen to support a comprehensive national approach to sustainable energy research.
Bio4Energy, along with its counterparts STandUP for Energy and the Chalmers Energy Initiative (CEI) have been working intensively to formulate their common aim of developing science that entails a systems’ approach to energy research, expected to provide scientific input for an efficient and a sustainable energy system in Sweden and beyond.
This "Swedish Model", as it is called in a new brochure created jointly by the three research environments, available below, will be promoted by a delegation of researchers and support staff travelling to Doha and the 18th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change/8th Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, 26 November – 7 December.
"Energy research is a very important part (of efforts to limit emissions of) greenhouse gases. Sweden has chosen to do this for instance by sponsoring research environments that complement each other in strategic ways. This is what the 'model' is about", according to Carmen Medina, administrative coordinator of STandUP for Energy at Uppsala University.
"We want to make other countries and researchers aware of our way of investing in research. We want to show them what Sweden has done to make change come about", to start the transition towards a sustainable energy system, Medina added.
Researchers from Uppsala University, Chalmers, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, will be travelling to Doha to run a booth at the COP18/CMP8 exhibition and to represent the constellation of three Sweden-based research environments in various meetings.
Anders Ådahl, who will be taking over the CEI executive leadership from Thore Berntsson at the turn of the year is part of the Swedish delegation. He said, "The clock is ticking when it comes to the climate challenge. It is important that our researchers take part in the debate and in [spurring] societal change".
Medina agreed. A fundamental reason for sending a delegation to the conference in Doha was to "contribute knowledge that can help solve the climate problem", she said.
A press release in Swedish has been made available on the website of Umeå University.
Webbfinanser and forskning.se covered this news item, and the Luleå University of Technology made it front-page news.
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences followed up with a piece dated 7 December 2012.