The Climate Policy Council is an independent, interdisciplinary expert body tasked with evaluating how well the Government’s overall policy is aligned with the climate goal of no net greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.
In order to strengthen the Council's independence in relation to the government, the Council itself proposes new members. The government then decides to appoint members of the council. On 25 February, the government appointed two new members: Annika Nordlund from Umeå University and Björn Sandén, Professor of innovation and sustainability at the Division of Environmental Systems Analysis at Chalmers. They will join the Council on 1 July 2021.Congratulations Björn on the new assignment! How does it feel?
“It feels good, but also as a large responsibility.” What made you say yes?
“It is an interesting and very important assignment and I have come to the conclusion that I like it when I can combine research and teaching with more direct contributions to society.”What can you add to the Council?
“I hope that I can contribute with useful perspectives on the climate transition based on a broad view of sociotechnical change. At best, my experience of studying industrial change processes from social, natural and systems science perspectives can contribute with both constructive advice and helpful critique.”What do you consider to be the Council's most important task?
“To coach the current and future governments, and the political system in general, to develop policies that help reaching long-term climate goals.” You succeed Tomas Kåberger, whose appointment expires at the same time. What will you bring into the work from Tomas' previous effort?
“In a way, Tomas is irreplaceable with his international outlook and unique experience from various parts of society. But I think that Tomas and I share a positive insight that a rapid transition is both physically possible and economically desirable. Likely, we also share the perspective that technology and industry are critical for a successful outcome.”
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