Stockholm 23-24 May 2013

Urbanisation and the shift to a green economy are two of the greatest challenges of our time. Join us for an inspiring and ambitious conference in Stockholm on how cities embrace and meet both of these challenges through green growth. The conference will launch Green Growth in Cities, the OECD Green Cities Program report, which integrates findings from green growth case studies of cities. The conference will elaborate on the potential of cities and regions around the world to foster economic growth and reduce environmental impact through innovative policies and political commitment. The conference provides an international platform for public and private sector leaders to engage in a global discussion and cooperation to enable green growth in cities.

For OECD Green Growth in Cities reports in English and Swedish, and other relevant materials from the OECD
Cities and Green Growth-Urban evolution Conference,
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General information

From Arlanda Airport:
Arlanda Express train: (20 minutes), stops next to the congress centre. Direct access through Stockholm Central Station.
Airport bus to Cityterminalen: (40 minutes), next to the congress centre.
Taxi: (40 minutes), recommended firms: Taxi Stockholm, Taxi Kurir, Top Cab and Taxi 020.
Travel within the City:
Stockholm is well known for its on-time public transport. There are subway lines, buses and trams that will take you anywhere you need in the city. On-line travel planner:
Find a nearby Hotel:

Radisson Blu Waterfront****
Nils Ericsons Plan 4
111 64 Stockholm
To book with special rate; our group code is “URBAN” - website - e-mail:
Tel:+46 (8) 5050 6000

Radisson Blu Royal Viking Hotel****
Vasagatan 4
101 24 Stockholm
website - e-mail:
Tel: (EU) 00800 3333 3333

Sheraton Stockholm Hotel*****
Tegelbacken 6
101 23 Stockholm
website - e-mail:
Tel: +46 (0)8 412 34 00

Hotel Terminus***
Vasagatan 20
101 25 Stockholm
website - e-mail:
Tel: +46 8 440 16 70

Scandic Sergel Plaza****
Brunkebergstorg 9
103 27 Stockholm
website - e-mail:
Tel: +46 8 517 263 00

Kungsbron Hotel***
Västra Järnvägsgatan 17
111 64 Stockholm
website - e-mail:
Tel: +46 (8) 654 28 00

Comfort Hotel Stockholm***
11 111 22 Stockholm
website - e-mail:
Tel: +46 (0)8 56 62 22 00

Nordic Light Hotel****
Vasaplan 7
101 37 Stockholm
website - e-mail:
Tel: +46 8 50 56 30 00

Nordic Sea Hotel****
Vasaplan 4
101 37 Stockholm
website - e-mail:
Tel: +46 8 50 56 30 00

Central Hotel***
Vasagatan 38
111 20 Stockholm
website - e-mail:
Tel: +46 (0)8 566 208 00

Adlon Hotel***
Vasagatan 42
111 20 Stockholm
website - e-mail:
Tel: +46 (0)8 402 65 00

Scandic Grand Central****
Kungsgatan 70
11140 Stockholm
website - e-mail:
Tel: +46 8 512 520 00

Freys Hotel****
Bryggargatan 12
111 21 Stockholm
website - e-mail:
Tel: +46 8 506 213 00

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23 May: Cities and Green Growth – Urban evolution

Moderator 9.00-14.30: Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute

8.15–8.45 Registration and coffee

9.00 All participants seated

9.10–9.30 Opening and welcome speeches

  • H.R.H Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
  • Sten Nordin, Mayor of Stockholm

9.30–10.10 Welcome speech and presentation of the OECD Flagship report: Green Growth in Cities followed by a discussion

  • Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary-General, OECD

10.10-10.40 Coffee break

10.40-11.50 Showcasing good examples and policies. High level debate on Cities and Green Growth

  • Per Ankersjö, Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment, City of Stockholm
  • Kenji Kitahashi, Mayor of Kitakyushu
  • Howard Learner, President and Executive Director, Chicago Environmental Law & Policy City of Chicago
  • Pierre Mansat, Deputy Mayor of Paris

11.50 - 13.15 Lunch with keynote speech, hosted by the Center for Sustainable Built Environment, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

  • Keynote speaker: David Miller, former Mayor of Toronto and former Chair of the C40 Cities - Climate Leadership Group

13.15–13.30 Green growth – a Swedish perspective

  • Lena Ek, Swedish Minister for the Environment

13.30 -14.30 Case: Stockholm, the green and blue city
Presentation of OECD Case Report on Stockholm, followed by high level discussion
Moderator: Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute

  • Alexis Robert, Urban Policy Analyst, OECD
  • Anette Scheibe Lorentzi, Stockholm Deputy County Governor
  • Staffan Ingvarsson, Vice CEO, City of Stockholm
  • Maria Rankka, CEO, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
  • Charlotte Broberg, Chair, Committee on Growth and Regional Planning, Stockholm County Council
  • Katarina Berggren, Mayor, Municipality of Botkyrka
  • Göran Marklund, Deputy Director General, VINNOVA, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems

Peter Forssman, Chair, Stockholm International Water Institute announces the 2013 Laureate of the Stockholm Water Prize and the 2013 winner of Stockholm Industry Water Award.

14.30 -15.00 Meet a colleague: structured informal meeting programme

15.00-15.30 Coffee break


15.30 Green growth panels

15.30-15.35 Per Ankersjö, Vice-Mayor for Environment, City of Stockholm

15.35-16.50 Eco- districts as catalysts for innovation
Moderator: Göran Finnveden, Professor, Environmental Strategic Analysis, KTH

  • Martine Liotard, Architect and PhD, IAU, Paris Region Planning & Development Agency
  • Mårten Frumerie, Head of Department, Development Administration, Stockholm
  • Thomas Andersson, CEO, Electrum Foundation & Kista Science City
  • Mette Margrete Elf, Director, Environment Department, City of Copenhagen
  • Noel Morrin, Sustainability Director, Skanska

16.50-17.10 Coffee break

17.10-18.25 Successful waste, water and energy management
Moderator: Johan Kuylenstierna, Executive Director, Stockholm Environment Institute

  • Dimitri Zenghelis, Principal Research Fellow, London School of Economics
  • Yukari Izumi, Member, OECD Green Cities Programme Kitakyushu Team
  • Dean Amhaus, Executive Director, Milwaukee Water Corporation, Chicago
  • Martin Powell, Head of Urban Development, Siemens Global Centre of Competence Cities
  • Berit Balfors, Professor, Department of Land and Water Resources, KTH

18.25 Closing of conference: Per Ankersjö, Vice-Mayor for Environment, City of Stockholm

18.30 Buffet dinner at the venue


24 May: Study visits - Fully booked

9.00-14.00 Cutting edge green buildings and eco-districts:
Visit innovative buildings with smart energy efficient solutions utilising visitors’ energy generation, district cooling and bio adaptation of district heating. Join us for a trip to the eco-district Hammarby Sjöstad to study, among other things, the successful vacuum waste collection system, and to the new eco-district Stockholm Royal Seaport.


Date: 23-24 May 2013
Place: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue: Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center

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