Media advisory for webinar on 27 May 2021, 15.00-16.15 CEST
Changes in the geopolitical landscape may have far-reaching implications on the opportunities to drive sustainable development agendas. At the same time, the transitions that are needed to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions will have geopolitical repercussions, both due to the implications of declining fossil fuel demands, and to the consequences of development and expansion of new sources of energy and materials required.
At this webinar; Decarbonization in a new geopolitical landscape – the EU, US and China, hosted by Mistra Geopolitics and SEI, researchers from Mistra Geopolitics will examine how this new geopolitical landscape will affect opportunities for sustainability transitions, how different countries position themselves in decarbonization competition and cooperation, and how global trends might hinder decarbonization.
Opening remarks will be given by Johan Kuylenstierna, Chair of the Swedish Climate Policy Council and former Executive Director of SEI.
One of the speakers, Daria Ivleva, Senior Advisor for adelphi in the field of climate diplomacy, comments on why trade policy must consider the geopolitics of decarbonization:
The substance, institutions and transportation modes of trade all have a geopolitical component and will likely experience shifts in the course of decarbonization. Comparing trade to a game of chess, the geopolitics of decarbonization influences what the pieces look like, the rules of the game and how the pieces even get from one position to another. In the end it might be a totally different game.
New study on China’s role as a major investor
Karl Hallding, Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute, will present results from his upcoming study on China’s role as a major investor of internationally funded energy development. Karl said:
The research shows that the image of the Belt and Road Initiative as a platform for green investments, that has been promoted through Chinese policy statements and media, is starkly at odds with reality.
15.00-15.15 Opening remarks
- Welcome by moderator, Timothy Suljada, Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute
- Opening Remarks by Johan Kuylenstierna, Chair, Swedish Climate Policy Council
15.15-15.50 Research highlights: Geopolitics of decarbonization
- Why trade policy must consider the geopolitics of decarbonization
Daria Ivleva, Senior Advisor for adelphi in the field of climate diplomacy
- Critical metals for decarbonization: a geopolitical issue?
André Månberger, Associate Senior Lecturer, Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Lund University
- Rules of the road: Will electric vehicles catalyze more cooperation, or more fragmentation?
Taylor Dimsdale, Program Director, Risk & Resilience, E3G
- China’s energy investment abroad: green or brown?
Karl Hallding, Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute
Journalists are welcome to join this webinar with research experts from Mistra Geopolitics, and opening remarks by Johan Kuylenstierna, Chair of the Swedish Climate Policy Council, to discuss new evidence on how this new geopolitical landscape affects sustainable development agendas.
If you would like to schedule interviews with the speakers, please contact us beforehand. This event is part of the 2021 webinar series hosted by Mistra Geopolitics.
Timothy Suljada is Acting Head of the Climate, Energy and Society Unit at Stockholm Environment Institute. He is a policy analyst and project manager, specializing in the fields of energy, climate change and development. Tim is engaged in the Mistra Geopolitics research theme the geopolitics of decarbonization and led this theme 2017-2020.
Telephone:+46 72 237 4421
Daria Ivleva is a Senior Advisor in the field of climate diplomacy at Adelphi. In Mistra Geopolitics, she works on the geopolitics of decarbonization.
Telephone:+49 (30) 8900068-76
André Månberger is an associate senior lecturer at Lund University. He lectures in various courses at the department of environmental and energy systems studies. The overarching theme of his research is the interaction between security and sustainable development. André is a researcher in Work Package 4; The inter-relationships between shifting geopolitical landscapes and the SDGs.
Taylor Dimsdale is a Program Director at E3G in the area of Risk & Resilience. He works on several programmes including climate risk and security, the geopolitics of decarbonization, sustainable finance, and climate diplomacy. In Mistra Geopolitics, he works on the geopolitics of decarbonization.
Karl Hallding worked as a senior research fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) for over 20 years, where he was a research leader in the global research directorate. His research dealt with the transformation of the energy system, with a specific analysis on how energy and climate policies affect this transformation. Karl Hallding is now employed by Vinnova.
For interviews or more information, please contact:
Maria Cole is a Senior Communications Officer at Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) based in Stockholm.
Telephone:+46 70 224 20 22
Ylva Rylander is a Communications Officer at SEI. As a core member of SEI’s communications team and previous Press Officer of SEI, Ylva writes and edits press releases, develops communication plans and creates news stories. With 15 years of experience in public relations, awareness raising and external communication, she also provides strategic advice to SEI and Mistra Geopolitics researchers to help them maximize the impact of their research.
Telephone:+4673 150 33 84