My Fossil Free Community

04.12.19 | Event
Johannes Jansson
Tune in for a day revolving around how the Nordic Countries will achieve the goal of being fossil free communities. We will during the day dive into topics such as the principles of circularity and new technologies. How may these topics help us in providing the answers to achieve a fossil free community?


12:00 PM - 07:30 PM

IFEMA - Feria de Madrid , hall 6
Avda. del Partenón 5
28042 Madrid


09.30-10.30 Nordic Business Breakfast

Business Sweden

12.00-13.00 Youth as change-makers for a Sustainable Transition in Architecture

How can architecture contribute to reaching the UN17 SDGs, and how can we influence young generations to lead the way with innovative solutions? You will be introduced to the SDG strategy at The Danish School of Architecture, KADK and to Nordic architecture, which contributes to future fossil free communities.

  • Sofie Stilling, architectural editor, KADK
  • Thomas Chevalier Bøjstrup, SDG coordinator, KADK
  • Dolores Victoria Ruiz Garrido, founder of Little Architect

International Union of Architects (UIA), The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation (KADK)

13.30-14.30 The Power of Culture, Nature and Community-led Development in response to the Climate Emergency

Join us to learn how 6000 communities linked to the Global Ecovillage Network are helping to scale up ambition and achieve the Paris agreement, preserve natural and cultural heritage, protect the rights of nature, restore degraded ecosystems, sequester carbon, and lead to healthier thriving communities. 

  • Kosha Joubert (Executive Director, Global Ecovillage Network - GEN, Scotland)
  • Albert Bates, (Co-founder of the Global Ecovillage Network, author of "The Biochar Solution: Carbon Farming and Climate Change" and “BURN: Using Fire to Cool the Earth"
  • Jennifer Trujillo (GEN President, CASA Colombia)
  • Kenza Isnasni, (GEN Africa, Morocco)
  • Thalea Thane, (GENOA, New Zealand)

Global Ecovillage Network

15.00-16.00 Article 6 Pilots: Challenges and opportunities

The Swedish Energy Agency has been implementing some virtual pilots around the world. This event will present the main challenges and opportunities for host countries and buyers. We will have representatives from the Colombian Government and the Swedish Energy Agency discussing the results of the virtual pilots and the future of Article 6 and other market mechanisms.

  • Sandra Lindström, Senior Climate Finance Specialist, Swedish Energy Agency
  • David Antonioli,  Principal CEO, VERRA
  • Roberto Esmeral, Vicepresident and Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Government of Colombia  
  • Susana Vélez, Senior Consultant, South Pole  
  • Moderator: Jeff Swartz, Director Climate Policy & Carbon Pricing, South Pole  

Swedish Energy Agency 

18.00-18.30 Briefing: What is going on at COP25 in Madrid?

Joint event between Stockholm and Madrid 

We open the backdoor and you get the last updates from the UN Climate negotiations.

Aðalbjörg Egilsdóttir, Nordic Youth Delegate to the UNFCCC, Iceland

18.30-19.30 Responsibly sourced building materials as a policy instrument

Joint event between Stockholm and Madrid

Building materials have a massive environmental footprint. To achieve the climate targets, it is urgent to spread sustainable consumption and production practices within the construction sector. This event will focus on sharing good examples and policy instruments from the Nordic countries and the Global South regarding responsible sourcing of building materials in order to move to low-carbon construction with the emphasis on material production, greening supply chains, local capacity development and local SMEs. The event is hosted by the Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme under the UN One Planet Network. It can be followed from Stockholm, Madrid and online.

  • Mark Radka, Chief, Energy Branch at UNEP
  • Ninni Westerholm, Practicing Architect
  • Claude Lorea, Director, GCCA
  • Oras Tynkkynen, Senior Advisor, SITRA Finland
  • Irfan Tariq, Director General, Ministry of Climate Change, Pakistan
  • Pekka Huovila, One Planet SBC Programme

Green Building Council and Ministry of the Environment, Finland

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