Volvo Ocean Race | Smart City Seminar 20 June

Dutch speakers share their experiences based on circular economy principles

As the world’s toughest sailing competition - Volvo Ocean Race - heads towards its exciting conclusion, the City of Gothenburg and Volvo share the inventive thoughts of world-leading innovators and renowned specialists on the topics of digitization, e-mobility, autonomous vehicles and the circular & sharing economy, and how these affect the urban development of smart cities. During the day, two of the six sessions will be about circular economy, with input from Dutch speakers:

13:45 How can a circular economy be used as a tool in future urban development?
The impact of consumption on the climate is a major global challenge. The City of Gothenburg was the first city in the world to include emissions from consumption in its climate programme. How can a circular economy be used as a tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions? If we want the development of electromobility and autonomous vehicles to be truly sustainable, a well-rounded circular economy is required. The raw material flow for the production of both vehicles and batteries has to undergo recycling and reuse. Short presentations and panel discussion by

  • ​​​​​​Naoual Loiazizi  - Policy advisor, Sustainable City of Dordrecht 
  • Kristina Jonäng, President of the Environment Committee in Region Västra Götaland
  • Leonardo Rosado, Assistant Professor at the Architecture and Civil Engineering department at Chalmers focusing on the Urban Metabolism field
  • Malin Ripa, Senior Vice President CSR Management, Volvo Group Headquarters

15:30 The sharing economy – commercial business models and public services in smart cities
All around the world new sharing opportunities, offerings, platforms and services are born every day. Undoubtedly, sharing can provide huge advantages to society and to cities, ranging from a reduced use of resources, increased utilization of existing infrastructure, broader access to knowhow to freeing up road space for public use. But how should cities approach the topic? We believe cities need a clear sharing strategy in order to shape the development of sustainable cities. A true sharing city is a co-creation by its citizens, businesses and the public sector. Short presentations and panel discussion by

  • Pieter van de Glind, Sharing Cities Alliance
  • Kes Mac McCormick, Associate Professor and Assistant Head at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University
  • Emma Öhrwall, Human Ecologist and Co-founder Collaborative Economy Gothenburg
  • Martin Savén, Public Policy Manager, Uber Sweden
  • Kerstin Enochsson, Volvo Cars Corporate Strategy and Project Office

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