Published 2021-10-06

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Mistra researchers support Västra Götaland’s climate work

Region Västra Götaland’s environmental committee has appointed a research council to analyse and issue recommendations for the climate work in the county. Three out of six researchers on the council are involved in Mistra programmes.

Karin Bradley, Programme Director of Mistra Sustainable Consumption, Filip Johnsson, Programme Director of Mistra Electrification and Frances Sprei, involved in Mistra Carbon Exit, are three of the six researchers on the appointed research council. They started their assignment on 1 October by following up Region Västra Götaland’s climate work. The decision to appoint a research council is linked to the Regional Executive Board’s earlier decision on a carbon budget calculated for the whole of Västra Götaland.

The research council will present an annual analysis based on the regional climate targets, the carbon budget and the regional development strategy until 2030. According to Region Västra Götaland, the analysis may have varying focus areas from one year to the next, depending on the council’s assessment of key reductions in emissions. The council also has the freedom to concentrate its analysis on various actors, such as the region, municipalities or companies. At the end of each year, the council is to report priorities – climate measures as well as measures linked to politics and societal development – that are required to maintain the carbon budget.

“Region Västra Götaland is one of the first regions to set consumption-based environmental targets and a carbon budget,” says Karin Bradley, Docent at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Programme Director of Mistra Sustainable Consumption alongside Åsa Svenfelt. “It will be interesting to analyse the region’s work, and I hope that we on the research council can contribute concrete input as to how the climate work can be stepped up another gear. The region clearly has an openness and a genuine interest in innovative thinking,” she says.

 

In addition to the three researchers linked to Mistra, the research council includes Sverker Jagers, Professor at the University of Gothenburg; Björn Sandén, Professor at Chalmers University of Technology; and Annika Nilsson, Senior lecturer at Uppsala University. The six researchers serve on the board between 2021 and 2023.