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SEMINAR: Sustainability on the Road

Embassy of Sweden, Washington, D.C.

Monday, May 19, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

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As part of the Sweden on the Road tour stop in Minnesota, the Embassy of Sweden and the Swedish Energy Agency will host a seminar on sustainable transportation together with Great Plains Institute and DEED. This event is arranged as part of the bilateral Memorandum of Understanding and broader cooperation between Sweden and Minnesota on bioenergy signed in June 2013 during Governor Dayton’s visit to Stockholm.

PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE:
American-Swedish Institute, Larson Hall
May 19, 2014, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
2600 Park Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

The share of renewables in the transport sector in Sweden was 15.1 % in 2013. This means that Sweden is well above the binding target in the EU Renewables Directive (2009/28/EC) requiring at least 10 % of energy in the transport sector to be from renewable sources by 2020. The use of biodiesel has increased greatly, Sweden also has high share of ethanol, as well as biogas. Minnesota is a US leader in renewable fuel production and use. Minnesota’s 21 ethanol plants produce over 1 billion gallons of fuel each year and three biodiesel plants produce over 60 million gallons annually. Minnesota also has abundant agricultural and forestry feedstocks that could be put to use for bioenergy production.

The seminar Sustainability on the Road is designed to promote dialogue and best practice sharing experiences between Sweden and Minnesota to address the complex and challenging issues concerning sustainable energy and transportation. Please join us for this discussion and networking between stakeholders and experts from Minnesota and Sweden.

AGENDA
Moderator: Rolf Nordstrom, President and CEO, Great Plains Institute

8:30                 Registration and coffee

9:00                 Introductory Remarks

  • Kathleen Motzenbecker, Executive Director, Minnesota Trade Office
  • Ambassador Björn Lyrvall

9:15                 Policy Instruments and Best Practices from Swedish Sustainable Transport Solutions

  • Ludvig Lindström, Senior Advisor, Swedish Energy Agency

9:45                Status and Opportunities of Sustainable Transport in Minnesota

  • MN Department of Agriculture Commissioner David Frederickson
  • MN Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle

10:15               Clean Energy and Economic Development in Minnesota

  • Ellen Anderson, Senior Advisor to Governor Dayton on Energy and Environment, State of Minnesota

10:30               Coffee Break 

11:00               Biogas for Transport – a Swedish Success Story and an Area of Opportunity for Minnesota

  • Maria Hammar, Managing Director, KanEnergi Sweden
  • Amanda Bilek, Government Affairs Manager, Great Plains Institute

11:45               Practical Applications for Using Biogas as a Source of Transportation Fuel
A city and company perspective

  • Michael Åhlman, Project Manager, Cleantech Uppsala
  • Adam VanderBee, Fleet Sales Manager - Central Region, Volvo Trucks North America
  • Peter Klein, Vice President of Finance, St. Paul Port Authority

12:50               Closing Remarks

  • Rolf Nordstrom, President and CEO, Great Plains Institute
Have questions about SEMINAR: Sustainability on the Road? Contact Embassy of Sweden, Washington, D.C.

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