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7th Business Forum Greece-Sweden – Climate Action: Challenges and Solutions

The 7th Business Forum Greece–Sweden “Climate Action: Challenges and Solutions” took place on May 19, 2022 at the Benaki Museum in Athens. The Hellenic-Swedish Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden pulled together 4 panels of specialists to share insights and experiences on tackling the impact of climate change with solutions from the business sector so that Greece leaps forward.

Welcome remarks from Rania Patsiopoulos, President of HSCC, and official address by H.E. Mr. Johan Borgstam, Ambassador of Sweden to Greece, who highlighted that Sweden already has an energy mix of 60% renewables, with a fossil neutral target by 2045. Keynote speaker Mr. Christos Stylianides,  Minister of Climate Crisis & Civil Protection, stressed that “Scientific data leaves no space for doubts and it is fundamental to work collectively in addressing the climate crisis.”

Thank you to all the speakers for presenting their insights and making the forum a success:

Professor Tomas Kåberger, from Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg

Dr George Xirogiannis, Deputy General Director at SEV Hellenic Federation of Enterprises

Michael Spanos, CEO of Global Sustain Group,

Jacob Thärnå, Head of Sustainable Transport, Sales & Marketing Scania CV AB

Konstantinos Athanasiou, Local Business HSE & Sustainability Manager ABB Greece & Cyprus

Ioannis Golias, Professor and former Rector of NTUA. President of the Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA)

Anna Velikova, Regional Communications Manager REEU, H&M

Karl Edsjö, Director Circular Solutions, Electrolux

Gustav Kruusval, Business Development Manager, SKF RecondOil

Dr Athanassios Staveris-Polykalas, Secretary General of Telecommunications & Posts, Ministry of Digital Governance of Greece

Nicklas Spångberg, Business Development Director – Mission Critical Networks, Ericsson

Forum Moderator: Maria Boura, Executive Advisor on Strategy, Leadership and 5G matters


A big thank you to the sponsors supporting this forum: SKF, ABB, Ericsson, Saracakis Group of Companies, Alfa Laval, Combitrans Hellas Ltd,  Electrolux, Provident, Tsimikalis Kalonarou Law Firm, Thermovent.

More details on the forum presentation materials and video recordings, per session and per speaker, are available at the  Forum’s link: