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SIF Air - Bringing forward solutions for improved air quality

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Solutions Initiative Forum (SIF) – Air is an action-oriented event where entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, businesses, civil society, policy makers and academia come together to promote solutions to air pollution.

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Wednesday August 28th
Time: 12:00-18:00

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Bringing forward Solutions for Improved Air Quality

Air pollution causes 7 million premature deaths globally every year, of which 11 000 in the Nordic countries. Improved air quality is a global challenge for human health and sustainable development — and joint problems require joint solutions.

SIF Air will describe this challenge and present 20 selected hands-on solutions that originates from the Nordic countries. A solution is a small company, start-up or project that, if scaled up, has the ability to improve air quality globally.

Follow the discussions and stay connected via our social media channels, Facebook and Twitter @SDSNNE #SIFAir

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When

Date: 28 August
Time: 12:00-18:00

Tentative programme:

12:00     Opening

Registration | Lunch is served | Poster exhibition

Activity: Build your own air quality measuring station
Are you curious about air quality measurements done by citizens? Are you curious about the air quality where you live? We offer you to build your own air quality measuring station to bring home. The LOV-IoT project and Luftdata will show how to build low cost particle sensors.

13:00     Welcome to Solutions Initiative Forum Air

Martin Eriksson (Network Manager of SDSN Northern Europe), Jan Pettersson and Katherine Richardson (Co-chairs of SDSN Northern Europe), Representative from Gothenburg Air and Climate Network and the European Aerosol Conference, Representative from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

13:10     Keynote: Dr. Gary Fuller, King´s College London

Dr. Gary Fuller is an air pollution scientist at the King´s College London and is also the author of “The Invisible Killer: The Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution – and How We Can Fight Back”. Read more >> 

13:35   Keynote: Dr. Dorota Jarosińska, World Health Organization (WHO)
Dr. Dorota Jarosińska is the Programme Manager of Living and Working Environments at WHO European Centre for Environment and Health and the WHO Regional Office for Europe. Read more >>

14:00   Launch: Air Solutions Report

14:10   Pitching sessions: 10 Nordic Air Solutions

Coffee

Activity: Build your own air quality measuring station
Are you curious about air quality measurements done by citizens? Are you curious about the air quality where you live? We offer you to build your own air quality measuring station to bring home. The LOV-IoT project and Luftdata will show how to build low cost particle sensors.

15:20   Pitching sessions: 10 Nordic Air Solutions

16:00   Keynote: Dr. Markus Amann, IIASA
Dr. Markus Amann is the Program Director of Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), a scientific research institute located near Vienna, Austria. Read more >>

16:25   Keynote: Susanne Lützenkirchen, City of Oslo
Air Quality Adviser for the City of Oslo in Norway. Read more about how the Oslo air has improved >>

16:50   Reflections on the Nordic Air Solutions
Jan Pettersson, Director of Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development.

17:00   Panel Discussion
Dr. Dorota Jarosińska, WHO
Dr. Gary Fuller, King’s College London
Dr. Markus Amann, IIASA
Susanne Lützenkirchen, City of Oslo
Niina Aagaard, Nordic Innovation

18:00      Mingle and snacks

(Please note that changes in the programme might occur.)

Registration

This event is free of charge but pre-registration is mandatory. SIF Air is aimed at entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, businesses, civil society, policy makers and academia. Students are welcome if seats are available. Final registration for students will be confirmed after registration deadline.

 

Solutions

We have selected hands-on solutions that originates from the Nordic countries. A solution is a small company, start-up or project that, if scaled up, has the ability to improve air quality globally.

Get inspired by our solutions and learn more about our peer review Advisory Panel.

 

Air Quality and Health Effects in the Nordics

 

In the report “Future air quality and related health effects in a Nordic perspective“, a policy brief ordered by the Nordic Council of Ministers, the following is stated:

• Ambient air pollution such as ground-level ozone (O3) and particulate matter smaller than 2.5 μm (PM2.5) are associated with negative health effects for humans, for example premature deaths.

• Today air pollution causes ca. 8000–11.000 deaths every year in Nordic countries due to PM2.5 and almost 1000 deaths due to O3.

• The external costs related to these health effects of air pollution amounts to 8–13 billion Euros per year.

• Climate change alone has a small impact on the concentration of important air quality components and hence on the related health effects in the Nordic region.

• Century wide trends suggest a substantial drop (50%–80%) in the number of premature deaths due to reductions in man-made emissions of air pollutants in Europe. The associated external costs in the Nordic countries could then be reduced to between 2 and 3 billion Euros pr. year.

• Energy policies and the related changes in the building stock in the Nordic region can contribute with an additional reduction in the negative health effects related to exposure to ambient particulate matter.

• The main threat is in the ageing population: The development toward an aging society in both Europe and the Nordic region might counteract assumed benefits of policies on air pollution,since elderly people are more vulnerable to the PM2.5 exposure

Read the full report on the Nordic Co-operation website >>

Venue

Swedish Fair exterior, Photo Anders Wester

The Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre is a sustainable venue located right in the very city center of Gothenburg in close proximity and walking distance to virtually everything the city has to offer. Both the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre and the hotel Gothia Towers are certified according to ISO 20121 – Sustainability at events. Read more >>

Find out how to get there on Google Maps >>

Is this your first visit to Gothenburg? Here is some information to make your trip smoother.

Hosted by

SIF Air is organized by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in Northern Europe, the Gothenburg Air and Climate Network, Swedish National Committee for Global Environmental Change and Miljöbron as a side-event of the European Aerosol Conference – EAC 2019.

We are supporters of the World Environment Day, which is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. This year, the focus is to #BeatAirPollution!

 

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