Gothenburg | Jun 24, 2015

The Construction Climate Challenge Summit 2015

On 24 June 2015 the Construction Climate Challenge Summit brought together representatives from the construction industry value chain, academics and other stakeholders.

During the one-day event, distinguished panels of speakers discussed the real world challenges of achieving sustainable construction – how circular business models and collaboration across the value chain, together with innovations and research, can reduce the climate impact of construction.

It looked at a number of new developments and projects which show the potential for sustainable construction in the future.

The President of Volvo Construction Equipment Martin Weissburg hosted the event.



Professor Johan Rockström

Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre

Johan Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues. He has more than 15 years experience relating to applied water research in tropical regions, and has more than 100 research publications to his name in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.

He led the recent development of the new Planetary Boundaries framework for human development. This project undertaken by a group of 28 internationally renowned scientists identified and quantified a set of nine planetary boundaries within which humanity can continue to develop and thrive for generations to come.

Carina Borgström Hansson

Member of WWF’s global footprint steering group

Has been pioneering the development of strategic approaches to reduce humanity’s ecological footprint. Carina is responsible for WWF’s emerging international city engagement strategy and is also the lead coordinator of the Earth Hour City Challenge, a global initiative mobilizing cities as solution hotspots for the transition towards a sustainable and renewable energy based future.

Josefina Lindblom

Eco-innovation and Circular economy Unit, DG Environment, European Commission

Josefina was responsible for the preparation of the Commission Communication “Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the Building Sector”, adopted in summer 2014, and now works on the implementation of this communication.

She has previously worked at DG Research with specific support to SMEs and in DG Joint Research Centre, where she took part in research studies related to improved environmental performance of industry and how to design policy in this respect. She has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

Panel Discussion

James Drinkwater

Senior Policy Advisor, World Green Building Council (Europe Regional Network),

advises on European green building law and policy for the network of over 30 national Green Building Councils around Europe, coordinating their public policy work as well as the work of WorldGBC’s global Policy Task Force. He has a Masters from the University of Cambridge, and a background in corporate and finance law. Previously an associate with the Environment and Climate Change practice of global law firm Linklaters LLP, he specialised in advising global corporations on UK and EU sustainable real estate law and policy, renewable energy projects and chemicals regulation. He also previously worked for the Royal Institute of British Architects, focusing on sustainable building policy and EU public procurement reform.

Johan Gerklev

Sustainability Manager at Skanska Sweden

Sustainability Manager at Skanska Sweden and Manager for Sustainability Business Development. Johan has been in Skanska for more than 20 years and has been a vital player in Skanska’s green journey. He has a masters degree in chemical engineering and, prior to his work in Skanska, he worked as a consultant and a researcher at a foundation at Lund University.

Roland Hunziker

Director, Sustainable Buildings and Cities, at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, he leads the Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Zero Emissions Cities projects and manages the Council’s relationships with key city networks and stakeholders.

A Swiss national, Roland holds an MBA from INSEAD, France, and an MA in history and political science from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to working at the WBCSD, he was a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), coordinating humanitarian field activities in the armed conflicts of Colombia, Liberia and Ivory Coast.

Roland started his career with the Zurich-based consultancy firm Ernst Basler & Partners Ltd. on a large change management project for the Swiss Federal Administration.

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Stefan Henningsson

WWF International’s Senior Advisor Climate Innovation,

Focuses on the integration of innovation in WWF’s work on policy frameworks in key countries and with business, as part of the WWF Climate Savers programme. His areas of special interest include climate change, business innovation, environmentally sound product development and general sustainability. Stefan is on the Advisory Board for Sustainia 100 since 2013, a publication highlighting 100 of the most inspiring sustainable innovation cases from across the world every year.

Helen Pineo

Associate Director for Cities at BRE,

Is responsible for leading the development of services to help cities grow while achieving the best outcomes for people, place and the planet. She was formerly the BREEAM Communities Manager at BRE, responsible for the development, evaluation and delivery of this sustainable masterplanning standard.

With a background in planning and sustainable communities, Helen is interested in multi-disciplinary approaches to tackling the complex challenges facing cities. Her current work focuses on bringing diverse professions together to integrate knowledge and data to inform policy and decision-making.

Erik Brandsma

Director General of the Swedish Energy Agency.

Erik has a MSc in Natural Resources Management, SFU Vancouver Canada. Previous work experience includes Department of Strategic Planning, Ministry of Environment, Netherlands, Advisor Director’s Office at Environmental Directorate, OECD, Paris and Task Manager Sustainable Consumption & Production at the United Nation’s Commission on Sustainable Development, New York, US.

Before joining the Swedish Energy Agency Erik worked as VP Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at EON AG, Dusseldorf, Germany, and Vattenfall AB, Stockholm, Sweden.

Dr. Helena Berg

AB Libergreen

Helena has almost 20 years of experience in the battery field from both academia and industry. For about 10 years Helena was one of the key persons for the development of electrified vehicles within the Volvo Group. As the Global Corporate Battery Specialist, she was in charge of the technology plan and had the responsibility to follow the battery research development. Several collaborative research projects between Volvo, academia and other industrial partners were initiated. She is the chairman of the board for the Swedish Energy Agency’s program ‘Batterifonden’ and member of the Advisory Group for the NMBP research program within EU Horizon 2020.

Åsa Ericson

Associate professor at Luleå University of Technology

Åsa has been doing applied research in joint academia/industrial projects during the last 14 years. Her background is in social informatics. Over the years the interest of innovation processes and product design within the engineering context has become a main perspective, which she and her team apply on sustainability challenges.

Xiaoliang Ma

Researcher and associate professor in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) at the Dept. of Transport Science, KTH Royal Institute of Technology.

He is currently leading a research group focusing on simulation, control and optimization of transport systems as well as emerging ITS technologies. The group is part of iMobility Lab at KTH. His own research interests are on dynamic traffic control, transport modeling and operations, computational intelligence and stochastic optimization. He has also been an industrial consultant in transport and IT areas. He holds a PhD degree in Transport System from KTH.

Johan M. Sanne

Associate Professor, IVL

Johan is a researcher in environmental and occupational health and safety since more than 20 years. He researches how managers, workers and experts make sense of and manage various challenges in complex socio-technical systems through technology, training, experience, management systems and economic incentives. Moreover, he contributes to improving practices through redesigning these means and through learning from experience.

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Anneli Hulthén

The Mayor and Chairman of the City Executive Board in Gothenburg

The Mayor and Chairman of the City Executive Board in Gothenburg and former Chairman of the Traffic and transport Committee and the Housing and Planning Committee in Gothenburg.

In this role she has for a long time been deeply committed to the task of further developing Gothenburg into a sustainable urban city while also strengthen the city as an attractive center of the western region of Sweden, in close collaboration with local, regional and national level.

As former Chairman of the EC Civitas committee and the Chair of Mistra, she has also been greatly involved in strategic environmental research and the development of smarter cities.

Dr Paul Toyne

Director of Sustainability at Balfour Beatty

Has a diverse background having worked as an environmental campaigner, conservationist and sustainable built environment specialist.

In the last ten years Paul has been involved improving the sustainability performance of the design and construction of many projects in the UK and overseas, as well developing strategies to manage social and environmental impacts.

Paul was chair of the Strategic Forum for Construction’s carbon working group (2008-13) and is a member of the infrastructure working group (2013 – ) of the UK government’s Green Construction Board, and Chair of Constructing excellence sustainability forum (2010 – ).  Paul is a London Sustainable Development Commissioner for the Mayor of London, chairing its Quality of Life work. He was also a Policy Commissioner for Birmingham University’s Urban Futures Commission (2012-13).

Jonas Melén

Program manager sustainable procurement, Swedish Transport Administration.

Jonas is leading the development regarding the implementation of new requirements to reduce the climate impact of infrastructure investments and maintenance activities.

Jonas has more than ten years of experience of strategic purchasing  within private and public sector for the infrastructure business.

Niklas Gustafsson

Chief Sustainability Officer, Sustainability and Corporate Affairs, Volvo Group

Niklas heads Sustainability and Corporate Affairs at Volvo Group head quarters which is responsible for driving the agenda to successfully communicate and interact with key society stakeholders that are mapped as influencers on Volvo Group business. This includes driving society related issues of importance as well as safeguarding that the Volvo Group business makes a significant contribution to the world’s effort to move towards a sustainable future in the dimensions of Economic, Social and Environmental sustainability.

He is also responsible for Volvo Group global representation offices in the main markets and world political power centers.

Martin Weissburg

President of Volvo Construction Equipment

Martin assumed the position as president of Volvo Construction Equipment, the second largest division of the Volvo Group, January 1st, 2014. He has previously worked in a number of roles in the construction and equipment industries, most recently as president of the Volvo Group’s customer finance company, Volvo Financial Services.

Following his MBA at George Washington University, Weissburg added to his global leadership experience in the realms of distribution, sales and financing of heavy equipment. He served as president of Great Dane Financial, and president of the manufacturing company Woodard LLC, which had manufacturing in China and utilized a dual brand strategy. (A knowledge that has become useful in his new role.)

In 2005 Weissburg joined the Volvo Group’s customer finance company, Volvo Financial Services (VFS) – firstly as president of its North American business, quickly expanded to cover all of the Americas, then ultimately becoming global president in 2010.

Mia Odabas

Moderator and Freelance journalist

Mia has an MBA from Stockholm School of Economics, SSE and has worked as a business reporter, making business reports and columns for the biggest daily business paper in Sweden “Dagens Industri”, and several other (mainly business) publications. She has also been business journalist and producer at “A-ekonomi”, the biggest daily broadcast business program, and a general current affairs reporter at “Aktuellt”, the second biggest daily TV news program in Sweden.

Today Mia is primarily working as a moderator for several companies and organizations but as well doing freelance presenting work and journalistic work for both print and television.