JWC – Smart mobility solutions for Northern regions

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Mattias Goldman, Fores institute, gave a fun and inspirational start to day 3 of the Jokkmokk winter conference. If we want to solve the climate problem we have to work with transport, says Mattias. A warmer climate will affect the north of Sweden in many ways, however, fear of loosing something is not effective for a change of peoples behaviour. nike air max heren People move from denial to despair and we need to find the active drivers that will make people act/react. According to Mattias, we thus may have to change the way we communicate sustainability. fjallraven kanken backpacks uk One of Sweden’s climate goals is fossil-independent transport fleet year 2030. But was does fossil independent mean? Mattias recommends us to read the government report FFF-utredningen. Sharing good experiences from around the world is important – “We can do it if they can do it” is a very good argument, says Mattias. Sharing good practices is one of the main aims of the JWC. Kenneth Gyllensting from the Swedish Eco-Municipalities shared good examples from around Sweden. Nike Air Max Thea męskie The Eco-municipality concept in Sweden started in Övertorneå in 1983 and in 1995 Secom was formed. Today there are 290 Eco-municipalities in Sweden, and the concept is spreading to countries around the world. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Embassies from arctic countries have been represented at the JWC every year. Today diplomats Michael Sullivan (US), Patrick Hébert (Canada) and Frode Solberg (Norway) gave their countries’ views on transport and mobility in the circumpolar North. All three countries seem to have a plan; Anna Hövenmark concluded half-way. Memphis Grizzlies However, it was less clear if the plan was to completely move away from fossil fuel.

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  • According to Sullivan, there is not one perfect solution, instead there will be an energy mix including fossil. Solberg says they are looking forward to be fossil-independent, but it won’t happen tomorrow. We are making progress, look at where we were 10 year ago and where we are today, says Hébert. On the questions if it is necessary take up the oil in the arctic, the panel seemed to think so. They all agreed it has to be done sustainably with best technology. There is no priority between economy and environment. asics beyond damskie It is a political question! We all have a responsibility, Sullivan concludes. Jokkmokk municipality’s work on energy efficiency involves Energy Performance Contracting. Nike Schoenen Goedkoop EPC is a public private partnership where the company (in this case Schneider) guarantees the client energy efficiency whilst ensuring technical functionality of facilities. Jokkmokk municipality is showing good results in the project so far, thus freeing up resources for maintenance, representatives for the municipality and Schneider informed us. Biofuel vs electricity in the transport sector was debated by Ari Lampinen (Finish biogas association) and Karl Bergman (Vattenfall) with Mattias Goldman as a moderator. The pros and cons of bio-fuel and as well as electricity are plentiful and by the end of the discussion the audience’s vote went to a mixture of both, i.e. new balance 1600 femme we need both in roughly equal amounts.

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    The theme of the conference this year is Make it happen: Eco-mobility of the North. new balance 420 foot locker David Cooper, Toronto, set the scene with an inspiring talk on sustainable transport in Canadian cities.

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  • Today (day 2 of JWC) started with Lidia Suokko presenting the Green Highway project and the vision to create a fossil-free transport corridor (by 2030) from coast to coast between Trondheim in Norway and Sundsvall in Sweden. Nike Air Max Thea damskie In 2012 the Zero Rally – a climate car rally race – took place on the Green highway. There is a Green highway Buyers guide for electrical and plug in hybrid cars for those of you who are thinking of getting a green car. Vêtements Nike Pas Cher Or why not an electric tuk-tuk instead of a car? Lassi Heininen, University of Lapland in Finland – has talked at the conference many times before. Miami Heat This year Lassi talked about challenges and possibilities in transport and mobility in the circumpolar North.

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  • Last year 200 ships passed through the Atlantic-Arctic Pacific Ocean corridor, but traffic is due to increase as the Arctic ice is melting.

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  • We got the here her inspiring story. Josefina wishes we would stop valuing nature as a resource to be exploited. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA After her talk, Josefina took part in the panel discussion together with the politicians Jonas Sjöstedt (Party leader Left party Sweden), Jonas Eriksson (MP Green party Sweden), Helena Lindahl (MP Centre party Sweden) and Johan Johansson (MP Moderate party Sweden). Los Angeles Lakers Jimmy Graham Seattle Seahawks Jersey First question from Anna Hövenmark was “Will the Norrbottnia railway be built, and if so when?” The panel more or less agreed that it will be built, but the opinion on when it should be built varied. Jonas Eriksson would build it next year whereas Johan Johansson didn’t see it as a priority. nike tn 2017 femme Road traffic is not bearing its’ costs today. Sjöstedt says reducing long distance heavy traffic through taxation and investment in railways is important. Chaussures Nike Pas Cher We have to dare to do it otherwise we will fail, he says. However, as Lindahl said, in rural areas we will always be dependent on cars and hence the discussion has to be about fuel as well. Los Angeles Clippers Eriksson added that the big problem is car driving in the cities not the few cars in the rural areas. goedkoop nike air max 2016 Nike Air Max 2017 Heren blauw Nevertheless, we in the rural parts also want to reduce our carbon footprint and be less dependence on fossil fuel. The discussion then went on to mines and Arctic exploitation.

    Fourth day of JWC 2013

    The topic of the last day was building bridges to the future and sustainable community plans.

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    Next up was Michaela Hogenboom and Elias Kindle, who are working together to create a connected and sustainable Liechtenstein. Through their project they are trying to move Lichtenstein from vision to implementation in sustainability. They bring people together in Future workshops and on online platforms. As well as trying to create community engagement they also offer consultancy to policy/decision makers. Air Jordan 7 Donna They finished their session with an interactive exercise. fjallraven kanken baratas Below is one of the flowers that was created by the participants. To find out more contact Michaela and Elias at Verein Symbiose (www.symbiose.li).
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    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA After coffee break Wolfgang Mehl (Jokkmokk Municipality/ Norrbotten Energy Agency) went on to present SEAP-PLUS. The Covenant of Mayors and Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP) are instruments for implementing sustainable communities. Wolfgang started off by telling us about all the great work being done in Jokkmokk and then went on to explain what the Covenant of Mayors is. The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories.

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  • Jeppe represents NET-COM (a supporting network on Covenant of Mayors) and he sees the network as a way for small and big cities to get together and collaborate, to exchange ideas and best practice and also to influence government. Silva Herrmann encourages us to push our politicians into joining the Covenant of Mayors. Adidas Zx 850 Heren asics scarpe donna If your municipality already has signed the Covenant of Mayors then ask your politicians what they are doing with it. Rob Gronkowski Jersey A SEAP should not be a dust collector – it should be a plan of action. Anna Hövenmark rounded up the conference and thanked everybody involved.

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  • Nike Air Max 2017 Heren blauw She confirmed that JWC will be happening again next year first week in Februray (3d-6th). Nike Air Pegasus Uomo adidas superstar donna We’ll meet again in Jokkmokk!!! Thank you Anna, Tiina, Silva and Wolfgang for an interesting and well-organized conference.

    Third day of JWC 2013

    Today JWC focused on the way forward – turning ideas into reality. Nick Chubb Georgia Football Jerseys chaussure Asics Gel-Lyte III The morning started with Rob MacMonagle from Canada presenting Toronto’s green economy strategies.

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    Next up was Eva Vitell from Vatttenfall and Antonio Caló from University of Oulu discussing centralised vs. decentralised energy systems. They gave us a good overview on the technical point of view: transmission vs transformation, smart grids etc. Interestingly, Antonio tells us how energy use in Finland peaks twice a day except at the weekend when there is a third peak, a so called sauna peak in electricity use. Nike Air Max 1 Dames We must get better at balancing energy use. nike legging homme On the question “What is better for climate and sustainability” Antonio and Eva more or less agreed that a mix between centralised and decentralised energy systems is the best. Nike Air Max Goedkoop Eva pointed out that centralised solar panels (i.e. big solar parks) often are better for the environment (more efficient) than small decentralised solar panels. In general renewable energy is considered decentralised. nike pas cher However, as Eva pointed out, wind and water power are very much centralised since wind and water is where it is.

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    The morning session ended with parallel round-table discussions resulting in questions for the panel discussion on climate and energy policy in the afternoon. The panel consisted of: Karl Petersen, Municipal league Norrbotten; Jeppe Mikel Jensen, Union of the Baltic Cities environment and sustainable development secretariat; Eva Vitell, Vattenfall; Jon Petter Gintal, Sami Parliament Norway; Governor Sven-Erik Österberg; and Counsellor Michael Sullivan, US Embassy. Panel discussion Overall the panel agreed on a lot of the questions asked. nike air max 90 goedkoop Canotte Detroit Pistons For example, on the question of “mining or no mining” in Jokkmokk (a very hot topic!). Karl Petersen emphasised that discussion should be developed into dialogue between people in the conflicts over land and natural resources. Others agreed and Eva further suggested that the dialogue requires a facilitator/mediator. nike air max 2017 heren Transparency and education to help people understand the impact of things they purchase was suggested as a way to change people’s behaviour or consumer pattern. Adidas Ultra Boost Dames Furthermore, it was suggested that we need to make politicians secure/comfortable that we will re-elect them when they make the right (but sometimes difficult) decisions for the environment.

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  • Jon Petter finished off by reassuring us that the Sami people are here for the future – mines or no mines – and will adapt to change. The day ended with open space discussions followed by the inauguration of Jokkmokk winter market.

    The second day of Jokkmokk Winter Conference 2013

    The topic of the morning session was “A planet under stress”. Canotta Los Angeles Lakers Shora Esmailian, author and journalist, spoke about climate refugees in her talk “Out of the frying pan and into the fire”. Women Air Jordan 14

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    Next up was Lassi Heininen, University of Lapland, who gave us a run through of the politics of the arctic.

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    After welcome and presentation of the JWC reference group we had the pleasure to listen to an interview on climate and energy strategies in the North with Lena Ek (Minister of Environment, Sweden), Audun Garberg (Political Advisor for the Ministry of Environment, Norway), Mika Flöjt (City Council Kuusamo, Finland), Stefan Mikaelsson (Chairman of Sami Parliament, Sweden) and Marianne Balto (Sami Parliament, Norway). Canotte Miami Heats Canotta New York Knicks Anna Hövenmark asked the panel questions.Lena Ek, Minister of Environment, Sweden Lena Ek spoke of the importance of Ecosystem services and how nations and states should look at our balance sheet as well as results sheet (like stock market companies do).

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