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Swedish royals attend technology and sustainability seminar

Photo: Sara Friberg / Kungl. Royal Court

Yesterday afternoon, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel attended a technology and sustainability seminar organised at the Royal Palace by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) on the occasion of its 100th anniversary.

In the Bernadotte Library, the Royal Family heard from various speakers giving remarks under the theme of the seminar “From landfill ban to circular economy – What can Sweden teach the world?” where changes that must be made, on a global scale, to achieve a sustainable society were discussed.

IVA, of which the King is the patron and Prince Daniel is an honorary member, explained ahead of the conference, “Specifically, we will show how Sweden can contribute to solutions in other countries by exporting knowledge and technology in recycling, waste incineration and battery production. We will also be focusing on resource management and circularity, and what these require in terms of a system shift and societal changes.”

Lecturers at the conference included Birgitta Resvik, member of IVA’s Electrical Engineering Division; Klas Eklund, senior economist; Peter Carlsson, the founder and CEO of Northvolt; and Björn Ola Linnér, Swedish climate policy researcher and Professor at Linköping University.

King Carl XVI Gustaf also spoke at the seminar where he stressed: “in order to understand the world today and to make accurate predictions about tomorrow, I believe it is important that we know our past.”

“2019 marks the one hundred year anniversary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Look at the history of Swedish engineering, and you will see a history of outstanding individuals and ideas; of constant innovation and development. A history to be proud of – and a strong foundation to build on for the future,” he also said.

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