Published 2021-10-27

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Mistra researchers gave climate politicians the red card

Research was given an important role in Agenda’s special feature on the climate, broadcast on SVT, with nine researchers participating in the programme. They shared the latest findings and responded to the eight parliamentary parties’ spokespersons on the climate; several of the researchers are involved in ongoing Mistra research programmes.

The starting point for SVT’s Agenda climate special on 24 October was Sweden’s target of zero net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2045. Because work on Sweden’s climate policy must have a scientific foundation, researchers with expertise in climate policy instruments were also in the studio. These researchers talked about the most important, scientifically supported measures for helping achieve Sweden’s climate goals, and also responded to the politicians’ climate proposals with green, yellow or red cards. Green cards were conspicuous by their absence, with the researchers alternating between yellow and red cards in their assessments of the political parties’ climate plans.

“It is heartening that researchers are able contribute their expertise in live broadcasts where politicians discuss the climate and Sweden’s future. Mistra’s hope is that more media companies are inspired and see this as a way forward,” says Anna Jöborn, CEO at Mistra.

The first part of the programme covered transport and industry, and the second covered food and power supply. Karin Bradley, associate professor at KTH and one of the programme directors for Mistra Sustainable Consumption, participated in the climate special and provided perspectives on emissions due to consumption. Jörgen Larsson, associate professor at Chalmers University of Technology, is also involved in the research programme and offered perspectives on transport during the broadcast. Göran Finnveden, professor at KTH, also participated in the programme and focused on industrial emissions. He will become a programme director for Mistra Sustainable Consumption in January 2022.

Anders Roth from IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet and Lisa Göransson from Chalmers University of Technology also offered their views on issues relating to transportation and energy, respectively. They have both led case studies as part of the Mistra Carbon Exit research programme, which is investigating the transition to zero emissions. In the field of food and food products, researchers Elin Röös from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Therese Lindahl from Stockholm Resilience Centre participated; they are both active within Mistra Food Futures, which is studying a sustainable system for food supply.

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