The Hellenic-Swedish Chamber of Commerce (HSCC) held its fourth annual Business Forum on Tuesday 13 March with the theme “Creating Value from Climate Change”. Panel sessions focused on climate change - the regulatory framework and status, the business response to climate change, the academic support to climate change mitigation, and a fresh look at sustainability and operation efficiency.
The Chairman of the HSCC, Mr. John Saracakis, thanked Ambassador Charlotte Sammelin for the great cooperation with the Embassy in arranging the Forum and stressed that climate change should not be seen as a burden, but as an opportunity for business. Ambassador Sammelin underlined that the policy and investment decisions we take today determine the future of our economy and our climate and that we must set long-term objectives and create economic instruments, such as carbon tax and green incentives. She then highlighted five policy decisions in Sweden which are important in the fight against climate change such as the Climate Act, the Green Industry Leap, the Climate Leap, Fossil Free Sweden and Symbio-City.
The Forum gathered an interesting mix of speakers which included George Stathakis, Minister of Environment and Energy, George Markopouliotis, Head of the European Commission representation in Greece, politicians, civil servants, academics, and other experts in the field. Keynote speaker was Niklas Gustafsson, Chief Sustainability Officer, AB Volvo. Other Swedish company speakers included IKEA and Oriflame. Business Sweden participated as well, represented by Trade Commissioner Andreas Giallourakis.
An addition to this year’s arrangement was the presentations by two students from ALBA Graduate Business School. Focusing on innovations and solutions and highlighting the importance of involving the youth, their participation was met with great enthusiasm.