Photo: Elna Hallgard, Mark Meier, Amanda Palmstierna, Rickard Nordin, Åsa Stenmarck, Harald Pflanzl

How Can Sweden Increase Speed Towards a Circular Economy?

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) is investigating measures to improve the conditions for chemical recycling. How can Sweden make the most of new technology, both environmentally and economically? And how can German-Swedish cooperation contribute to circular plastic flows?

With German and Swedish speakers from politics, businesses and agencies, we will discuss how innovative technology, such as chemical recycling, can help society towards a circular economy and at the same time place Sweden at the forefront of a new global and sustainable industry. We will also hear the latest news from the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

Sanna Balsvik. Photo: Juliana Wiklund

The webinar is moderated by Sanna Balsvik and takes place in English.
It is free of charge and is aimed at politicians, business decision-makers, representatives from authorities, media and NGOs.


10:30 Welcome by Malin Johansson, Head of Communication, German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Mark Meier, Managing Director BASF Sweden and Vice President BASF Nordic/Baltic
  The chemical industry towards net zero emissions
A global climate outlook on present actions and what innovative technologies will help speed up the journey towards net zero emissions, as well as some of the outcomes from the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.
Speaker: Harald Pflanzl, Senior Vice President of North-West and Central Europe, BASF
  Chemical recycling in Sweden – Update on the current situation
Report on the ongoing Governmental investigation.
Speaker: Åsa Stenmarck, Material Flow Expert, the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency Naturvårdsverket
  Customer and consumer perspective of a circular economy for plastic
Orkla, a leading supplier of branded fast-moving consumer goods, about the conditions for a more sustainable development of packaging materials.
Speaker: Elna Hallgard, Development Manager Packaging, Orkla Foods Sverige AB

We need to hurry up! – Moderated panel discussion
How can the Government accelerate investments towards a more resource-efficient plastic flow in Sweden? How can the Government and companies work together to speed up the process? And how can German-Swedish cooperations contribute?

Participants: The Members of Parliament Amanda Palmstierna (MP) and Rickard Nordin, (C) accompanied by Elna Hallgard, Orkla and Mark Meier, BASF
11:45 Closing remarks by the moderator Sanna Balsvik


The event is a collaboration with BASF, the German chemical company, which has its own roadmap with high ambitions regarding the circular economy.

Interested in becoming a part of our network? Contact Åsa Benteke Werner or read more about it here in Swedish or German.


This is a webinar within the innovation platform German Swedish Tech Forum initiated and run by the German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce (AHK Schweden) and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). It was launched by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in January 2017. Read more about the Forum here.


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