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Avsnitt 1 Linda Bell,
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Linda Bell
on the past year The research that Mistra funds continues to be important. For international environmental work, 2020 is a decisive year. We have less than a decade left to achieve the global Agenda 2030 targets. At the time of writing, Sweden and large parts of the world are severely affected by the coronavirus. The pandemic is shaking up our societies and will characterise global trends for a long time to come. The crisis and recovery may be part of the transformation into a sustainable, resilient society. But this requires new forms of cooperation and knowledge. Here, Mistra’s programmes can make a difference. In this situation, in Sweden and worldwide, research and innovation are crucial in both enabling us to understand the restructuring we need and highlighting solutions. During 2019, we saw the completion of several of our multiyear research initiatives. Results have already proved useful in a wide range of areas, from sustainable fashion and materials recovery to urban development. Thanks to the inclusion of users in Mistra’s programmes right from the start, we have laid a solid foundation for the findings to yield practical benefits and genuinely help to bring about more sustainable development. We have also initiated numerous new programmes. One of them is an investment aimed at developing chemicals with less impact on humans and the environment. As before, there is great breadth in our initiatives: we have also announced funding of programmes to foster more sustainable sport and outdoor life, a more secure food supply, and environmental communication that is adequate for today’s polarised debate, with its many conflicting aims. The fact that Sweden leads the way both in the environmental sector and as a research nation gives Mistra a unique position. Stepping up our presence in Brussels during 2019 was noticed. Wherever we have sought to take part, we have found open doors and interest in what our researchers have to say. In our new initiative launched during the year, Mistra Dialogue, we aim to help researchers in Mistra-funded programmes to penetrate the EU’s decision-making processes and adapt their messages for optimal effect. The aim is, by supporting our knowledgeable, committed researchers, to give their results the maximum possible impact. One factor giving Mistra a special role is that, many years ago, we realised the importance of sustainable efforts in investing our assets well. Influence on the financial market must go hand in hand with our research initiatives. Another step to meet the financial sector’s growing interest in sustainability issues has been to create meetings for researchers and operators in this sector. One aspect of this is developing investor briefs — that is, summaries of the state of knowledge in high-priority areas. An initial brief on research on plastics use was produced in 2019, and we plan further briefs on textiles and fashion, and on recovered raw materials. The years ahead will thus be crucial for how our societies are to meet the major challenges we face. The roads forward have proved complex and require knowledge from various disciplines and fields. Accordingly, Mistra’s remit is more important than ever, and we are now planning initiatives in, above all, an equitable climate transition and energy system, an improved marine environment, and biodiversity. As a foundation with a relatively independent role, we bear particular responsibility for driving development and maintaining our long-term initiatives that bring researchers and users together to reorient our society towards sustainability. Linda Bell, Acting Chief Executive
Avsnitt 2 January: Investors want to learn more about plastic Fund managers contacted Mistra to find out more about current research on plastic. During the year, interest in more sustainable use of plastics led to several meetings among investors and Mistra researchers. Investors want to learn more about plastic Fund managers contacted Mistra to find out more about current research on plastic. During the year, interest in more sustainable use of plastics led to several meetings among investors and Mistra researchers. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/investors-want-to-learn-more-about-plastic/ February: New ideas for Europe’s future Can EU trade reduce emissions from fossil-heavy industries? Are border taxes with a climate focus necessary? These two questions were discussed by Mistra and other stakeholders at a seminar on energy and trade at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a think tank in Brussels. New ideas for Europe’s future Can EU trade reduce emissions from fossil-heavy industries? Are border taxes with a climate focus necessary? These two questions were discussed by Mistra and other stakeholders at a seminar on energy and trade at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), a think tank in Brussels. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/ideas-lab-a-conference-for-new-thinking/ Mistra Urban Futures lives on After Mistra’s funding stopped in 2019, this research centre for sustainable urban development is getting a new lease of life within the scope of two new initiatives, both within the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV). Mistra Urban Futures lives on After Mistra’s funding stopped in 2019, this research centre for sustainable urban development is getting a new lease of life within the scope of two new initiatives, both within the Gothenburg Centre for Sustainable Development (GMV). https://www.mistra.org/en/news/chalmers-and-gu-to-co-host-mistra-urban-futures/ March: SEK 47 million extended funding of Mistra REES An international expert group recommended funding the Mistra Resource-Efficient and Effective Solutions (REES) initiative for another four years. Greater knowledge of the circular economy is the focus, but the research will now also undertake financial analysis. SEK 47 million extended funding of Mistra REES An international expert group recommended funding the Mistra Resource-Efficient and Effective Solutions (REES) initiative for another four years. Greater knowledge of the circular economy is the focus, but the research will now also undertake financial analysis. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-resource-efficient-and-effective-solutions-rees-based-on-circular-economy-thinking/ April: SEK 64 million for food supply Mistra opened a call for proposals for a new research programme. The goal is to find solutions for developing a sustainable, competitive, profitable and innovative Swedish food system by 2030. SEK 64 million for food supply Mistra opened a call for proposals for a new research programme. The goal is to find solutions for developing a sustainable, competitive, profitable and innovative Swedish food system by 2030. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/call-open-for-programme-on-sustainable-food-systems/ Disinformation in focus at communication conference Influence: good, bad or ugly? Themes at this year’s Forum for Science Communication, which Mistra joined in arranging, included disinformation and how it can be addressed. Disinformation in focus at communication conference Influence: good, bad or ugly? Themes at this year’s Forum for Science Communication, which Mistra joined in arranging, included disinformation and how it can be addressed. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/welcome-to-the-forum-for-science-communication-in-gothenburg-on-3-april-2019/ May: Sustainability and equality in a digital era? Can digitisation contribute to a society that is sustainable and offers equal opportunities? This was the theme when Mistra held a workshop ahead of a new research programme on social structures and planning in a digital era. Sustainability and equality in a digital era? Can digitisation contribute to a society that is sustainable and offers equal opportunities? This was the theme when Mistra held a workshop ahead of a new research programme on social structures and planning in a digital era. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/sustainability-and-equality-in-focus-at-mistra-workshop/ Environment and climate in 2019 EU election How do Swedish candidates intend to act as Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the forthcoming period to meet environmental challenges? Politicians had a chance to reply during a seminar that Mistra helped to organise. Environment and climate in 2019 EU election How do Swedish candidates intend to act as Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in the forthcoming period to meet environmental challenges? Politicians had a chance to reply during a seminar that Mistra helped to organise. June: SEK 54 million for environmental communication research The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is to lead a new research programme on environmental communication. Mistra wants to develop the area and obtain in-depth knowledge of how and under what conditions environmental communication can contribute to sustainable adaptation. SEK 54 million for environmental communication research The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is to lead a new research programme on environmental communication. Mistra wants to develop the area and obtain in-depth knowledge of how and under what conditions environmental communication can contribute to sustainable adaptation. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/sek-54-million-for-environmental-communication-programme/ Mistra’s major green chemistry initiative IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is to be responsible for a new research programme on reduced exposure to hazardous chemicals. In what will be Mistra’s largest programme to date, its contribution amounts to SEK 70 million over four years. Mistra’s major green chemistry initiative IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute is to be responsible for a new research programme on reduced exposure to hazardous chemicals. In what will be Mistra’s largest programme to date, its contribution amounts to SEK 70 million over four years. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/mistras-major-green-chemistry-initiative/ Mistra researchers showed the way in Brussels Jointly with Sweden’s Permanent Representation to the EU, Mistra held a seminar in Brussels on how the transition to a fossil-free economy in Europe will be achieved. Its starting point was the European Commission’s long-term strategy for net zero carbon emissions. Mistra researchers showed the way in Brussels Jointly with Sweden’s Permanent Representation to the EU, Mistra held a seminar in Brussels on how the transition to a fossil-free economy in Europe will be achieved. Its starting point was the European Commission’s long-term strategy for net zero carbon emissions. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/the-road-to-net-zero-emissions-in-europe-researchers-from-mistra-lead-the-way/ July: Countryside and GM in Almedalen Several of Mistra’s programmes held seminars and discussions during Almedalen Week in Visby, Gotland. Topics debated included the polarisation between urban and rural areas, new geopolitical risks and whether GM really can be green. Countryside and GM in Almedalen Several of Mistra’s programmes held seminars and discussions during Almedalen Week in Visby, Gotland. Topics debated included the polarisation between urban and rural areas, new geopolitical risks and whether GM really can be green. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/mistra-topics-in-almedalen-countryside-and-gm/ August: Tom September: Mistra funding sustainable sport and friluftsliv Mistra’s new initiative, a programme on sport, friluftsliv (‘open-air life’ or outdoor activities) and the environment, was assigned to a consortium in which Mid Sweden University is the main contractor. Mistra’s funding for the research will amount to SEK 56 million over four years. Mistra funding sustainable sport and friluftsliv Mistra’s new initiative, a programme on sport, friluftsliv (‘open-air life’ or outdoor activities) and the environment, was assigned to a consortium in which Mid Sweden University is the main contractor. Mistra’s funding for the research will amount to SEK 56 million over four years. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/mistra-funds-research-on-sport-friluftsliv-and-the-environment/ New Mistra Board members During the year, new members were appointed to Mistra’s Board. Areas such as economics, microbial ecology and social sciences are now represented among the members, and the Board now has a sustainability expert from Sweco as well. New Mistra Board members During the year, new members were appointed to Mistra’s Board. Areas such as economics, microbial ecology and social sciences are now represented among the members, and the Board now has a sustainability expert from Sweco as well. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/mistras-new-board/ Meeting on future’s energy infrastructure Is there scope for a research programme on the clean-energy transition and the new industrial society? Mistra explored this by inviting experts from government agencies, industry and academia to a workshop. Meeting on future’s energy infrastructure Is there scope for a research programme on the clean-energy transition and the new industrial society? Mistra explored this by inviting experts from government agencies, industry and academia to a workshop. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/powering-tomorrows-industry-energy-infrastructure-and-the-future-business-landscape/ October: Mistra celebrates its Silver Jubilee Mistra is one of the research foundations that were formed when the wage-earner funds were discontinued in 1994. This was celebrated with a joint seminar and also with a 25th-anniversary report on the successful investment. Mistra celebrates its Silver Jubilee Mistra is one of the research foundations that were formed when the wage-earner funds were discontinued in 1994. This was celebrated with a joint seminar and also with a 25th-anniversary report on the successful investment. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/history-of-wage-earner-foundations/ Renewed environmental initiative for smaller businesses Mistra Innovation was an initiative that succeeded in stimulating environmental innovations in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Mistra renewed the programme and, following an initial call for proposals, five new projects jointly received funding of SEK 25 million. Renewed environmental initiative for smaller businesses Mistra Innovation was an initiative that succeeded in stimulating environmental innovations in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Mistra renewed the programme and, following an initial call for proposals, five new projects jointly received funding of SEK 25 million. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/new-environmental-innovation-initiatives/ November: How can a breakthrough for evidence in the EU be achieved? What is happening in the areas of climate and the environment, and how can researchers contribute knowledge for legislation and decision-making? These were the themes of a dialogue meeting at Mistra. How can a breakthrough for evidence in the EU be achieved? What is happening in the areas of climate and the environment, and how can researchers contribute knowledge for legislation and decision-making? These were the themes of a dialogue meeting at Mistra. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/mistra-dialogue-how-can-a-breakthrough-for-evidence-in-the-eu-be-achieved/ OECD report praises Mistra Mistra was praised for its organisation and the fact that the Foundation’s assets are growing despite large investments. These comments were made in an international report that examined support for environmental and sustainability research. OECD report praises Mistra Mistra was praised for its organisation and the fact that the Foundation’s assets are growing despite large investments. These comments were made in an international report that examined support for environmental and sustainability research. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/oecd-report-highlights-mistras-strategic-environmental-initiatives/ December: Anna Jöborn new CEO at Mistra Mistra’s Board has appointed Anna Jöborn as its new CEO. Currently Director of the Science Affairs Department at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, she is succeeding Åke Iverfeldt, who retired at year-end. Anna Jöborn new CEO at Mistra Mistra’s Board has appointed Anna Jöborn as its new CEO. Currently Director of the Science Affairs Department at the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, she is succeeding Åke Iverfeldt, who retired at year-end. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/anna-joborn-new-ceo-at-mistra/ SEK 65 million for sustainable markets Over the past five years, Misum has become a key agent and catalyst for environmental and sustainability issues. The Center’s initiative at the Stockholm School of Economics is receiving another SEK 65 million over the next five years. SEK 65 million for sustainable markets Over the past five years, Misum has become a key agent and catalyst for environmental and sustainability issues. The Center’s initiative at the Stockholm School of Economics is receiving another SEK 65 million over the next five years. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/five-more-years-for-creation-of-sustainable-markets/ Brussels meeting on circular economy Mistra held meetings for EU stakeholders on the circular economy and climate — areas identified as key to implementing the European Commission’s New Green Deal. Brussels meeting on circular economy Mistra held meetings for EU stakeholders on the circular economy and climate — areas identified as key to implementing the European Commission’s New Green Deal. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/intensive-brussels-meetings-before-green-deal/ Avsnitt 3 Struken… Avsnitt 4 Mistra’s research initiatives Read more about Mistra's research initiatives from the Foundation's inception to the present day. Programmes marked in blue are in progress, while those marked in green have been completed. For every programme, you can find more information below about its content and what happened during the year under review. Misum miusm.jpg – Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets. The aim of “Responsible Consumption and Production” by the year 2030 is among the most challenging of the global Sustainable Development Goals, not least for Sweden with our high, largely import-based consumption. But our composition, with researchers and a variety of stakeholders, is well judged for the purpose of devising practical means to this end. Their solutions will help to bring about a sharing economy, resource efficiency, use of recycled and recovered materials — and sustainable business models that pave the way for business and entrepreneurship. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/misum-the-mistra-centre-for-sustainable-markets/ 2015–2024 SEK 120 million Stockholm School of Economics · Phase 1 of Misum started, with new platforms. Martina Björkman Nyqvist became the Centre’s new director, Viveka Hirdman-Ryrberg its new Board Chair and Maya Rebermark the new Stakeholder Engagement Director. · Misum’s Annual Forum 2020 on the theme of ‘Are inequalities rising and green investments declining due to Covid-19?’ was held. · Misum’s Emma Sjöström participated in a meeting with the Swedish National Innovation Council, where she discussed such matters as how policy can contribute to long-term sustainable financial markets. Mistra TerraClean smarta-mmaterial_low.jpg This programme will study materials at the molecular and the macroscopic level. The aim is to develop both existing and new materials with the potential to solve environmental problems, and at the same time enhance companies’ competitiveness. The focus is on porous materials capable of removing environmentally harmful substances from air, soil and water. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-terraclean/ 2017–2021 SEK 51 million KTH Royal Institute of Technology · Mistra TerraClean was added to the 100 List of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA). This list brings together ‘current research projects with the potential to create benefits through, for example, industrial commercialisation or business and method development, or by impacting society’. · A technology that is giving highly promising results on capture of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from water is being developed. In 2020, the programme tested the equipment, which was developed at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, while various PFAS substances were analysed at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute. With in-depth knowledge of efficiency, control parameters and what forms during the capture process, the programme has learnt so much that it has started building a large pilot installation at Hammarby Sjöstadsverk, a municipal wastewater treatment plant, due to be commissioned in February 2021. The Seed Box seed-box.jpg A Mistra–Formas Environmental Humanities Collaboratory In a world where the effects of climate change are increasingly evident, nature can no longer be thought of as separate from culture. We are in a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene, marked by far-reaching human influence on the earth and its geological development. Humanities research, redefined and based firmly in the real world, is called for. It must be capable of encompassing nature and ecological contexts, social differences and ethics, creative relationships and political identity processes. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/the-seed-box-an-environmental-humanities-collaboratory/ 2015–2022 SEK 32 million Linköpings University · In November, ‘Experimental Zone 1’ was held. This was the first in a series of events organised by a group of researchers and artists at Linköping University, designated the Bureau for Alternative Methodologies (BAM),. The event was broadcast in digital form and held with support from The Seed Box and LiU (Linköping University) Humanities. · Several participants in The Seed Box took part in Konstdygnet, a digital event where artists, researchers and philosophers made a joint effort to reflect on the months that changed the world. The 24-hour art event, arranged by Sörmland County Museum, was based on Åsa Elzén’s exhibition Träda — Fogelstadgruppen och jord. · In September, The Seed Box joined in the seminar Vad, vem och varför? Forskning om forskningskommunikation i Sverige (‘What, Who and Why? Research on science communication in Sweden)’. This seminar was held by the Swedish Research Council jointly with Public & Science (VA) and Linköping University. The panellists included The Seed Box Programme Director Victoria Wibeck and Jesper Olsson, former Programme Director and one of the research leaders. Mistra Sustainable Consumption sust-consumption-shopping-cart-1275480_1920.jpg Sustainable consumption and production patterns are needed for the transition to a more sustainable economy. This is set out in, for example, the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The intention is for the programme to help develop the area and increase knowledge about which ways forward are possible and most effective. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-sustainable-consumption/ 2017–2021 SEK 45 million KTH Royal Institute of Technology · In cooperation with Northeastern University in Boston, Mistra Sustainable Consumption held the 2020 international Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) research conference, which brought together hundreds of researchers from all over the world. It was an entirely digital event, because of the prevailing COVID-19 situation. · A report published by the programme showed that personal greenhouse-gas emissions can be reduced by 40 per cent with existing measures. This report had a major media impact and was extensively discussed. · Researchers in the programme collaborated with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in writing a report on how policy instruments can make food consumption more sustainable. The report proposes concrete measures that may be directly useful in implementing policy. Mistra STEPS plast_low.jpg – Sustainable Plastics and Transition Pathways This programme aims to develop plastics based on biological feedstocks. In Sweden, forests are a conceivable source of raw materials, while in other parts of the world they could come from agricultural products or algae. The transition to biobased production should be guided by systems thinking, taking account of factors such as energy consumption and the use of various additives. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/steps-sustainable-plastics-and-transition-pathways/ 2016–2024 SEK 95 million Lunds University · On 1 September, Mistra STEPS embarked on Phase 2. · From 10 to 27 September, the outdoor exhibition Materiality & Aggregation, a collaboration between research and design, was displayed at the Form/Design Center in Malmö. With its dreamlike artwork, it set out to arouse curiosity and thereby spread knowledge about plastic. · A sustainable and resource-efficient process to produce a sugar-based plastic building block was developed. It has also been used to produce polyurethane fibres. The option of spinning and chemically recovering the fibres was demonstrated. Mistra SAMS SAMS.jpg – Sustainable Accessibility and Mobility Services This programme will on the one hand generate knowledge in the area of mobility and accessibility, and on the other use that knowledge to work with other stakeholders to develop sustainable mobility and accessibility solutions with the potential to make a difference in society. Programme partners include several cities, other municipalities and companies. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-sams-sustainable-accessibility-and-mobility-services/ 2016–2024 SEK 85 million KTH Royal Institute of Technology · Mistra SAMS continued to receive research funding, which was awarded for a second phase, from 2021 to 2024. · Jointly with party colleagues from Botkyrka Municipality, Sweden’s Minister for Financial Markets and Housing, Per Bolund, visited the Mistra SAMS Living Lab, with its work hub, in Tullinge. · Mistra SAMS appeared on the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences’ 100 List. Mistra REES REES.jpg – Resource-Efficient and Effective Solutions Mistra REES is seeking to develop principles, methods and guidelines that will serve as a basis for resource-efficient products, services and business models. Another aim is to propose policy instruments and packages that will promote the transition to a more circular economy. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-resource-efficient-and-effective-solutions-rees-based-on-circular-economy-thinking/ 2015–2023 SEK 89 million Linköpings University · Despite the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, interest in Mistra REES among companies and the community, and in its sphere of activity, is greater than ever. During the year, we partnered with several of Sweden’s leading companies through our consortium agreement for Phase 2. · Mistra REES actively contributed knowledge to, for example, Sweden’s and the EU’s action plans, as well as international standards for a circular economy. · Mistra REES was placed on IVA’s 100 List of current research projects with the potential to generate benefits. Mistra InfraMaint charles-eugene-TN0_ODoaB68-unsplash.jpg The vision of the Mistra InfraMaint research programme is, based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, to contribute to sustainable infrastructure. The aim is to achieve this by supporting state and municipal operators by providing improved services, such as condition assessment of physical structures and improved forecasting of future maintenance needs. The programme also includes projects focusing on development of organisations and new business and funding models, and on skills provision. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-inframaint/ 2018–2022 SEK 49 million RISE Research Institutes of Sweden · In November, Lars Marklund became the new Programme Director. · Many municipal PhD students embarked on exciting projects. · Mistra InfraMaint launched and discussed a workbook that provides discussion support for water and sanitation (WS) service organisations wishing to develop asset management in their sector. Mistra Geopolitics geopolitiics.jpg This research programme aims to develop a knowledge base that will provide a better understanding of how environmental and natural resource challenges interact with new social, political and economic patterns in the world. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-geopolitics/ 2017–2024 SEK 108 million Stockholm Environment Institute · The geopolitics of COVID-19 and climate change was one of Mistra Geopolitics’ largest webinars ever. The seminar brought together more than 600 participants from around the world to discuss the importance of disruptive events for sustainable development. · Extensive scenario analysis of the pandemic’s geopolitical consequences, with questionnaire surveys and workshops, involved over 300 Swedish participants. Two events on the theme were held during the autumn: Climate, Security and Geopolitics — How do we navigate in corona times? and Global climate implications of the US elections. · The study ‘Humanitarian need drives multilateral disaster aid’, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), is the first calculation of the extent of UN climate-related disaster aid at global level. The study, written in 2020 during Phase 1, was published by PNAS in January 2021. Mistra Financial Systems financial-systems.jpg This programme aims to show how financial markets and operators can contribute to a more sustainable society, in areas ranging from environmental impacts of the economy and financial stability to efficient financial services. The results will support both private and public decision-making, as well as providing a basis for reforms and regulation of the financial sector. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-financial-systems/ 2016–2020 SEK 30 million Stockholm School of Economics · After five intensive years’ research on the role of financial markets in the transition towards a more sustainable society, Mistra Financial Systems (MFS) was completed at the end of 2020. Work at the Stockholm School of Economics, Lochlann Quinn School of Business of University College Dublin, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Stockholm Environment Institute, had resulted in 105 academic publications and working papers, more than 100 conference participants and contributions to educational events and more than 300 other outreach events. · Researchers were cited in publications such as the New York Times and Dagens Nyheter, and on the BBC News. · MFS held a three-part series of webinars to convey research highlights: Decarbonisation and sustainable investments; Systems thinking, tipping points and the future of sustainable finance; and Shades of green: sustainable investments, financial literacy and innovation. Mistra Environmental Nanosafety nanosafety2.jpg Nanomaterials are being used in more and more areas, and have many properties that could contribute to sustainable development. At the same time, there are significant gaps in our understanding of their environmental characteristics. This programme offers an interdisciplinary research environment that will generate new knowledge, identify new applications and help ensure safe use of nanotechnology. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-environmental-nanosafety/ 2014–2023 SEK 90 million Lund University · In May, an impact-themed conference was held. It was led by Chalmers University of Technology and implemented in collaboration with SIO Grafen, a national strategic innovation programme supporting industrial graphene development in Sweden. · During the autumn programme meeting, the focus was on junior researchers and students. All the PhD and postdoctoral students gave a presentation and described the methods and analyses they use. The aim was to emphasise the wide-ranging skills available in the programme and to enhance collaboration among the work packages. This was followed up with virtual coffee break — an occasion resembling online speed dating. · Programme participants took part in a national waste conference on research and knowledge about disposal, recovery and destruction of nanomaterials. Several waste companies that will soon be tasked with disposing of nanoparticles in flue gases and leachate participated. Mistra Environmental Communication miljocc88kommunikation_1200px.jpg – Reframing Communication for Sustainability  This research programme is intended to ensure that research, policy and practice alike are permeated by understanding of environmental communication that promotes the transition to a sustainable society. The programme has an interdisciplinary approach involving scholars in various disciplines and central stakeholders in society. The aim is to build on existing ways of thinking, develop new insights and approaches, and translate this knowledge into new communication practices. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-environmental-communication/ 2019–2023 SEK 54 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · ‘Programme days’ with get-togethers for the programme were held in January. Around 80 people and 30 partner organisations participated on site to discuss research, practice and programme management. These programme days also provided good opportunities for social interaction, including Scottish traditional ceilidh dances in long formations. · During the year, the programme worked jointly with partners, including Färgfabriken, on the exhibition ‘Listen!’ This collaboration, which comprised artists, young people and researchers, focused on how we perceive and communicate climate change in emotional terms. Mistra Environmental Communication primarily contributed viewpoints on how nature is silenced or can acquire a voice. · In November, the two-day Environmental Communication 2020 event was held. The plan is to make this an annual event. Almost 400 people signed up and on offer were panel debates, discussions and hands-on thematic workshops centred on communication for sustainable development in practice. Mistra Digital Forest bird-s-eye-view-black-and-white-colors-1310755.jpg Sweden needs to change over to a more circular economy to meet the climate challenge and respond to the finite nature of Earth’s resources. In this transition, forests are key. The programme focuses on bringing about functional digitisation that integrates the entire forest value chain, with the industrial process starting in the forest itself. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-digital-forest/ 2018–2022 SEK 58 million Swedish Forest Industries · Data from laser scanning of Sweden were used to model the site index, which shows production capacity. The product from the modelling is already being used by several forest companies in their forest planning. · The digital ecosystem is visualised in an image that also shows the potential for the next five years, based on the forest companies’ own trend projections. · Digitised conservation monitoring has now been implemented by forest companies, and provides more sustainable forestry with higher precision through better decision support for forest-machine operators. · Several hundred participants attended programme conferences in 2020 on the theme of future digital forestry. Discussions were held on sustainability reviews and technological development in Swedish forestry. Mistra Carbon Exit carbon-exit.jpg The programme sets out to contribute research to back proposals for reshaping Swedish industry, and society at large, to achieve net zero emissions of greenhouse gases and meet Swedish and international climate targets. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-carbon-exit/ 2017–2025 SEK 122 million IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute · Three roadmaps were developed, showing that net-zero emissions are attainable by 2045 with known technology. · The EU’s emissions trading needs to be tightened up, and other policy instruments will be required for the climate transition. · We need to induce purchasers, architects and entrepreneurs along the value chains (for housing and transport infrastructure) to make climate-smart choices. Mistra Arctic Sustainable Development nat72466-Arctic-dev-utlysning.jpg Climate change, growing political interest and new technology for extracting natural resources are intensifying conflicts among various stakeholders regarding future directions in the Arctic. Historical development in the region also affects the decisions made. The programme’s research is intended to boost knowledge of the situation in the region and show ways forward that can contribute to sustainable development. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-arctic-sustainable-development/ 2014–2018 SEK 30 million Umeå University · Avslutad AquaAgri matmc_va10622-Akvakultur.jpg – Efficient, sustainable production systems in aquaculture and agriculture This thematic programme is aimed at learning more about how to achieve higher agricultural yields with reduced environmental impact, and how to develop sustainable fish farming and other aquaculture. Research takes place in several research environments where strategies, technology and ideas for efficient, sustainable cultivation and animal breeding are being developed. The initiative is being implemented jointly with the Swedish Research Council Formas and the Swedish Farmers’ Supply and Crop Marketing Organisation’s research foundation. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/aquaagri-efficient-sustainable-production-systems-in-aquaculture-and-agriculture/ 2014–2018 SEK 32 million Vreta Kluster, a business park for green industry · Avslutad Mistra Innovation innovation.jpg Small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) may have good ideas for environmentally sound products and services, but often lack in-house research resources. The programme gave these companies a chance to develop their innovative ideas in collaboration with higher education institutions and research institutes. Research focused on areas regarded as highly important to the competitiveness of Swedish industry. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-innovation/ 2012–2019 SEK 88 million Mistra · Avslutad Mistra Closing the Loop CLosing-the-loop.jpg Better use of industrial wastes through effective recovery of materials is one way of ‘closing the loop’ in society. This research programme aims to develop more efficient methods of recovering materials such as metals, chemicals and plastics, as well as electronic and other complex products. It is designing ways of both identifying resources and recycling them back into industry. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-closing-the-loop/ 2012–2019 SEK 88 million RISE Research Institutes of Sweden · In March, Mistra Closing the Loop held its final seminar. The message was clear: now is the time; the timing is perfect for taking the next step towards an increased use of recovered and recycled materials. There were some 70 attendees, representing stakeholders from the programme, industry and government agencies. · In November, Investor Brief: Recycled Materials for Sustainable Investments was published. Its purpose is, based on research, to boost investors’ collective knowledge of sustainable investments in recycled raw materials. Mistra Biotech BIotech-3_Anna_Lehrman.jpg Future food production must combine higher yields with reduced environmental impact and use of natural resources. The programme takes a holistic approach to biotechnology in agriculture and food production. It covers reducing the need for fertilisers and boosting resistance to diseases, as well as new innovations meeting high demands on safety and ethics. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-biotech-biotechnology-for-sustainable-and-competitive-agriculture-and-food-systems/ 2012–2019 SEK 94 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · The programme was completed during the year, and results and activities are summarised in Biotechnology for Sustainability, the Final Report from Mistra Biotech 2012‒2020. Mistra EVIEM default.jpg Through systematic reviews of the scientific basis in various areas, the Mistra Council for Evidence-Based Environmental Management (EviEM) improved documentation for decisions in Swedish environmental work. Government agencies or decision-makers and other stakeholders were able to propose topics for the reviews. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/eviem-the-mistra-council-for-evidence-based-environmental-management/ 2012–2017 SEK 66 million Stockholm Environment Institute · Avslutad Mistra Indigo default.jpg Research was combined with policy activities in the programme to support climate policy outside international climate negotiations. The work was divided into four integrated areas focusing on a global trading system for carbon markets, distributional effects of climate policy, interplay between climate policy and incentives for technological development, and companies’ strategic actions based on climate policy. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-indigo-instrument-design-for-global-climate-mitigation/ 2012–2015 SEK 24,5 million IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute · Avslutad Mistra Future Fashion Future-fashion.jpg The lifecycle of our clothing affects the environment, especially the climate and water. The programme gave the Swedish fashion industry tools to become competitive by turning sustainability into a business advantage. The research was about issues ranging from instruments and strategies for system changes to new design tools, textile fibres with lower environmental impact and new ideas for textile recycling. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-future-fashion/ 2011–2019 SEK 80 million RISE Research Institutes of Sweden · Avslutad Mistra Arctic Futures default.jpg Global warming is imposing major changes on the Arctic and its population. This brings both threats to and opportunities for animals and the living natural environment, extraction of natural resources, shipping and tourism. The programme was intended to provide a social-science knowledge base and develop tools for dialogue among all the various parties in the face of the new conditions in the Arctic region. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-arctic-futures/ 2011–2013 SEK 38 million Swedish Polar Research Secretariat · Avslutad Mistra Urban Futures Mistra-Urban-Futures-masma45045.jpg More and more of the world’s inhabitants are living in cities. Urban environments must move towards sustainable development, which requires knowledge of topics ranging from water and energy management to social issues. Within the research centre, researchers and users developed innovative solutions for engineers, architects, community planners and economists in both business and public administration. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-urban-futures/ 2010–2019 SEK 171 million Chalmers University of Technology · Avslutad Mistra Future Forests Bildarkivet_HPZB_FutureForests.jpg Climate change, globalised trade and growing demand for energy and raw materials are putting heavier pressure on forest resources. The programme developed tools for scientifically substantiated decisions about the future of forest management. The goal was to manage trade-offs between extracting more timber, paper and energy while safeguarding biodiversity, ecosystem services and outdoor life. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/future-forests-sustainable-strategies-under-uncertainty-and-risk/ 2009–2016 SEK 110 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad Mistra-SWECIA IMA89099_web_swecia.jpg – Mistra Swedish Research Programme on Climate, Impacts and Adaptation. There is a growing need to adapt society to the effects of climate change on infrastructure, forestry and agriculture, as well as environmental management. Preparedness for extreme events also needs to be reviewed. Key elements of the programme were modelling of the climate, the economy and impacts on ecosystems, which were used in scenarios to demonstrate adaptation needs and choices. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistra-swecia-mistra-swedish-research-programme-on-climate-impacts-and-adaptation/ 2008–2016 SEK 85,3 million SMHI · Avslutad Mistra Pharma MATMC_MW00089_medium_Pharma.jpg The programme identified active substances from pharmaceutical products in aquatic environments that pose significant risks to aquatic organisms or contribute to the development of antibiotic resistance. It also demonstrated techniques for improving wastewater treatment and strategies and indicators for early identification of environmentally hazardous drugs. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mistrapharma/ 2008–2015 SEK 94 million Stockholms University · Avslutad The urban mind default.jpg – Cultural and environmental dynamics Urban development is closely linked to climate change and emerging human systems. The Urban Mind, a research project completed in 2010, offered a historical, humanistic perspective with the goal of creating sustainable urban habitats. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/the-urban-mind/ 2008–2010 SEK 5 million Uppsala University, Sweden · Avslutad Stockholm Resilience Centre Stockholm-Resilience-Centreworld-map-1958129.jpg Human impacts have led to many of the Earth’s ecosystems becoming less able to deliver ecosystem services such as food, water purification and climate regulation. Researchers at the Centre develop understanding of ecosystems, provide new tools for controlling and managing them, and advise decision-makers at national and international levels alike. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/stockholm-resilience-centre/ 2007–2018 SEK 191,4 million Stockholms University · Avslutad ENTWINED IMSIS890-087_low_Entwined.jpg Around the world, countries have been made increasingly interdependent by the international exchange of goods and services, and flows of capital and information. The research focused on how globalisation and leading stakeholders affect society at various levels. The aim was, for example, to develop tools for integrating environmental aspects into international trade agreements. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/entwined-environment-and-trade-in-a-world-of-interdependence/ 2007–2013 SEK 52,4 million IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute · Avslutad E4 Mistra default.jpg The goal of the programme was to develop new, energy-efficient aftertreatment systems for internal combustion engines. It provided engines that were more efficient: in addition to emitting small quantities of nitrogen oxides, CO2 and incompletely burned hydrocarbons, the fuel consumption and costs were lower. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/e4-energy-efficient-reduction-of-exhausts-from-vehicles/ 2006–2014 SEK 42,3 million Volvo Technology · Avslutad SIRP default.jpg – Sustainable Investment Research Platform Through their investments, various actors in financial markets can influence companies to focus on more sustainable development. The programme provides research on corporate reporting, analysts’ valuations and managers’ and investors’ behaviours and portfolio choices based on sustainability criteria. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sirp-sustainable-investment-research-platform/ 2006–2012 SEK 101 million Umeå University · Avslutad PlantComMistra BA10850_PlantCom.jpg Insecticides are often used in plant farms. The research was intended to find ways to make plants more insect-resistant by combining insect ecology and plant physiology in an interdisciplinary way. The programme goals included developing cultivation methods and studying communication with volatile substances that attract natural enemies of aphids. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/plantcommistra/ 2006–2012 SEK 69 million Stockholms University · Avslutad Mistra DADU default.jpg – Deeper Access, Deeper Understanding The question of what humans are guilty of, and what is natural, is key in the environmental debate. The answer is not least important for us to understand what causes changes in our environment — especially from a strategic perspective. Using a heavily miniaturised underwater vehicle, the ‘Deeper Access, Deeper Understanding’ research programme, which ended in 2010, studied untouched places to get closer to the answers to the question. http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:303210/FULLTEXT01.pdf 2006–2010 SEK 4,5 million Uppsala University · Avslutad Transport Mistra default.jpg The Transport Mistra programme, which ended in 2008, boosted understanding of decision-making and traffic planning and developed practical tools that make the transport system more sustainable. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/transport-mistra/ 2006–2008 SEK 30 million Trivector AB · Avslutad Steel Eco-cycle IMSIS099KF1E_low_Stalkretsloppet.jpg The steel industry must change its production to streamline use of metals and utilise less resources. The research provided better production processes and more efficient use of new types of steel, as well as methods for environmentally evaluating processes and products from steel mills, scrap merchants and the engineering industry. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/steel-eco-cycle/ 2004–2012 SEK 97 million Jernkontoret · Avslutad Clipore default.jpg – Climate Policy Research The threat of climate change is one of the most important and complex challenges facing the world. Clipore supported research and stimulated dialogue, to move international climate negotiations forward. For users, the aim was for the results to largely have direct value for domestic policy makers and their colleagues in other countries. Industry’s role in the programme, in both providing a basis for the research and using the results, was also key. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/clipore-mistras-climate-policy-research-programme/ 2004–2011 SEK 106,9 million IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute · Avslutad MASE default.jpg – Microbial Activity for a Sound Environment Large quantities of chemicals in the form of pesticides and fertilisers are used annually in agriculture, forestry and horticulture. The MASE research programme, which was completed in 2010, developed microorganisms that can similarly provide nutrition or protection. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mase-microbial-activity-for-a-sound-environment/ 2004-2010 SEK 58 million MASE Laboratorier AB · Avslutad Black Liquor Gasification default.jpg If the black liquor that forms when wood chips are boiled to make pulp were gasified, a quarter of all petrol and diesel used in Sweden could be replaced. The Black Liquor Gasification research programme, which was completed in 2010, succeeded in both developing technical solutions and testing whether the fuel works. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/black-liquor-gasification/ 2004–2010 SEK 43 million BLG-programmet AB · Avslutad DOM default.jpg – Domestication of Microorganisms Microorganisms have proved to have the potential to replace and degrade chemical pesticides. They can also reduce nutrient leaching by absorbing nutrients. The DOM research programme, which was completed in 2011, provided in-depth knowledge of how the process of culturing microorganisms can be streamlined and scaled up from the laboratory setting to large-scale production and practical application. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/dom-domestication-of-microorganisms/ 2003–2011 SEK 61,3 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad Greenchem default.jpg – Specialty Chemicals from Renewable Resources Modern industrial society has been increasingly dependent on fossil raw materials to make plastics, detergents, printing inks, paints, adhesives, pharmaceuticals and various hygiene products. Today’s feedstocks are finite and obtaining them is environmentally harmful, so alternatives are needed. The Greenchem research programme, which ended in 2010, initiated a paradigm shift in the chemical industry to switch the basis of its operations from fossil to renewable raw materials. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/greenchem-speciality-chemicals-from-renewable-resources/ 2003-2010 SEK 70 million Lunds University · Avslutad Marine Paint default.jpg – Measures against Fouling on Boats Today, metal compounds and organic biocides are often used to reduce fouling, but with the side effect of damaging many marine organisms. Before its completion in 2010, the Marine Paint research programme developed an ecologically sound alternative that effectively prevents organisms from starting to grow on ships and boats. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/marine-paint/ 2003-2010 SEK 82,4 million University of Gothenburg · Avslutad PERSEA default.jpg – Plasma-Enhanced Reaction Systems for Environmental Applications Combustion of fossil fuels, household waste and biofuels alike causes emissions of hazardous substances. The PERSEA research programme, which was completed in 2010, developed methods that, in efficient and environmentally sound ways, remove several pollutants without causing new harmful substances to form. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/persea-plasma-enhanced-reaction-systems-for-environment-applications/ 2003-2010 SEK 34,7 million Ångström Laboratory, Uppsala University, Sweden · Avslutad Heureka default.jpg – Environmental decision support models for forest land Besides getting timber from forests, people seek to use them for biofuel production, while also for recreation and as a carbon sink, while preserving biodiversity. This creates a complex web where different stakeholders have varying visions of the future of forests. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/heureka-environmental-decision-support-models-for-forest-land/ 2002-2009 SEK 18,8 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad HagmarksMISTRA default.jpg Semi-natural grasslands are among the habitats that are richest in species, which makes them important for biodiversity. In Sweden and the rest of the EU, these areas have shrunk since the 1980s, and species diversity has thus also decreased. In its natural science, economics and sociology research, the HagmarksMISTRA programme, which ended in 2008, analysed the regulations, proposed various amendments, investigated the farmers’ livelihoods and carried out large-scale field trials to enhance biodiversity. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/hagmarksmistra-management-of-seminatural-grasslands-economics-and-ecology/ 2001–2008 SEK 47 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad Soundscape Support to Health default.jpg Noise, even at low decibels, causes damage to hearing, increases the risk of sleep disturbances and causes premature death to the same extent as road accidents. The ‘Soundscape Support to Health’ research programme, which ended in 2007, developed ‘soundscape thinking’ and a ‘soundscape concept’ that can be used when new residential areas are built, and to improve the noise situation in existing living environments. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/soundscape-support-to-health/ 2000-2007 SEK 40 million Chalmers University of Technology · Avslutad NewS default.jpg – the New Strategy for Risk Management of Chemicals For thousands of the chemical compounds used today, the effects on health and the environment are incompletely known. By bringing together researchers focusing on environmental chemistry and toxicology, as well as legislation and risk management, the NewS programme, which ended in 2009, succeeded in influencing the final version of the European chemicals legislation REACH. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/news-the-new-strategy-for-risk-management-of-chemicals/ 1999–2009 SEK 76,1 million KTH Royal Institute of Technology · Avslutad ASTA default.jpg – International and National Abatement Strategies for Transboundary Air Pollution The purpose of research in the ASTA research programme, which was completed in 2007, was to support work to bring about a decline in pollution in Sweden and abroad. The programme focused on acidification, the impact of nitrogen on forest ecosystems, effects of ground-level ozone on vegetation, and long-range transport of particles. During the programme period, ASTA made important contributions to the development of international air-protection work, for example to the EU clean air strategy. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/international-and-national-abatement-strategies-for-transboundary-air-pollution-asta/ 1999-2007 SEK 59 million IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute · Avslutad LUSTRA default.jpg – Land Use Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions A significant stumbling block in the international negotiations is whether and how soil and vegetation can be used as sinks for greenhouse gases. The LUSTRA research programme, which ended in 2007, reviewed the role of soil and proposed strategies for reducing the net supply of greenhouse gases from woodlands. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/lustra-land-use-strategies-to-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions/ 1999-2007 SEK 60 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad MARE (Marine Research on Eutrophication) default.jpg – a Scientific Base for Cost-Effective Measures for the Baltic Sea Eutrophication is one of the biggest environmental problems in the Baltic Sea, mainly nitrogen and phosphorus from various sources that affect marine ecosystems. The MARE research programme, which was completed in 2006, linked various types of information on the workings of the sea, and how nitrogen and phosphorus are dispersed and used. The costs of reducing these loads in various ways were also calculated. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mare-marine-research-on-eutrophication-a-scientific-base-for-cost-effective-measures-for-the-baltic-sea/ 1999–2006 SEK 62,5 million Stockholm University · Avslutad Mountain Mistra default.jpg – Sustainable Management in the Mountain Region Sweden’s mountain region has low biodiversity and is vulnerable to overexploitation. Nevertheless, the mountains are used for a wide range of activities, ranging from reindeer husbandry to mining. The Mountain Mistra research programme, which ended in 2006, worked to create a knowledge base for a common view of resource conservation, and for finding ways of coordinating various interests to generate long-term, sustainable development of the mountain region. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sustainable-management-in-the-mountain-region-mountain-mistra/ 1998–2006 SEK 84 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Umeå) · Avslutad Urban Water default.jpg – Sustainable Urban Water Management The Urban Water research programme, completed in 2006, developed tools from a system perspective for both analysis and practical use in the water and sanitation (WS) system — its technology, organisation and users. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sustainable-urban-water-management/ 1998–2006 SEK 62 million Chalmers University of Technology · Avslutad Fuel Cells in a Sustainable Society default.jpg Fuel cells are a very interesting alternative to fossil fuels in vehicles, for example. Mistra’s Fuel Cells in a Sustainable Society programme, which ended in 2010, took several important steps to enable competitive fuel cells to be used in vehicles and other electricity-consuming equipment alike. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/fuel-cells-in-a-sustainable-society/ 1997–2010 SEK 121 million KTH Royal Institute of Technology · Avslutad FOOD 21 default.jpg – Sustainable Food Production The FOOD 21 research programme, completed in 2008, was aimed at showing options and ways forward for Swedish agriculture. It combined stringent requirements concerning environmental impact and animal care with product quality and good profitability for farmers and the food industry. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sustainable-food-production-food-21/ 1997–2008 SEK 125 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad MiMi default.jpg – Mitigating the Environmental Impact of Mining Waste Swedish mines have dumped hundreds of millions of tonnes of rock masses, which leach various heavy metals into soil and water. The MiMi programme, which ended in 2004, contributed to the fact that it is now possible to assess what happens to a landfill over time in a way that was not previously possible. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/mimi-mitigating-the-environmental-impact-of-mining-waste/ 1997–2004 SEK 76 million Luleå University of Technology · Avslutad SUCOZOMA default.jpg – Sustainable Coastal Zone Management Human use of resources in coastal waters is causing problems both in the marine environment and in coastal communities. The SUCOZOMA research programme, which was completed in 2004, contributed to the sustainable use of these resources. This was achieved by developing methods that make it possible to show consideration for both the limits of the ecosystem and the needs of the coastal population. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sucozoma-sustainable-coastal-zone-management/ 1997-2004 SEK 80 million University of Gothenburg · Avslutad RESE default.jpg – Remote Sensing for the Environment How can we know that the efforts being made to manage environmental problems are having the desired effect? And that it is being done at the lowest possible cost? These were two of the questions addressed by the RESE research programme, which ended in 2002, during its eight-year period. RESE Remote Sensing for the Environment: 1997‒2002 RESE Environmental objectives: 2003‒2005 https://www.mistra.org/en/research/rese-remote-sensing-for-the-environment/ 1997-2005 SEK 85 + 3 million Metria Environmental Analysis, National Land Survey of Sweden · Avslutad COLDREM default.jpg – Soil Remediation in a Cold Climate There used to be a shortage of scientific data on soil remediation in Sweden. The COLDREM research programme, which was completed in 2003, developed new methods and accumulated knowledge in two contaminated areas. In this way, knowledge of soil remediation in Sweden, both within and outside universities, has improved significantly. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/coldrem-soil-remediation-in-a-cold-climate/ 1997–2003 SEK 39 million Umeå University · Avslutad Biosignal default.jpg – Using natural scents to combat insect pests In Sweden alone, insects cause damage totalling several billion kronor a year to harvests, but the chemical agents available for controlling insect pests often have severe effects on the environment and health. Practical application of several research results from the Biosignal research programme, which ended in 2005, has culminated in sustainable, effective and economically rational methods of controlling insect pests. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/biosignal-using-natural-scents-to-combat-insect-pests/ 1996–2005 SEK 68 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad VASTRA default.jpg – Water management research programme Groundwater represents a common resource that many people want and need to share. The VASTRA research programme, which was completed in 2005, developed new strategies for sustainable water management. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/vastra-water-management-research-programme/ 1996–2005 SEK 68,5 million University of Gothenburg (2002‒2005) & Linköping University (1996‒2001) · Avslutad SUFOR default.jpg – Sustainable Forestry in Southern Sweden To be sustainable in the long term, forestry must be both financially profitable and safeguard biodiversity. The SUFOR research programme, which ended in 2004, made it easier to strike a balance between the differing requirements by developing models for assessing the impacts of various management options. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sustainable-forestry-in-southern-sweden-sufor/ 1996–2004 SEK 108 million 1996‒2002: Lund University, 2002‒2004: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad ÅSC default.jpg – Ångström Solar Centre Present-day use of energy is always environmentally harmful to some degree, owing to resource consumption and emissions of greenhouse gases and other substances that cause environmental and health problems. Solar energy is a more environmentally friendly option. The ÅSC research programme, which ended in 2004, was therefore aimed at creating a stable knowledge base to enable Swedish companies to participate, on a broad front, in the industrial exploitation of solar-energy technology. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/asc-angstrom-solar-centre/ 1996-2004 SEK 75 million. Energimyndigheten har finansierat 75 million. Uppsala University · Avslutad MAaF default.jpg – Microbial Antagonism against Fungi Fungus attack causes widespread, expensive damage to cereals, vegetables, fruit, fodder crops, forests and timber every year. The MAaF research programme, which ended in 2003, developed methods to control harmful fungi based on the use of natural enemies. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/maaf-microbial-antagonism-against-fungi/ 1996-2003 SEK 65 million Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) · Avslutad SWECLIM default.jpg – Swedish Regional Climate Modelling The SWECLIM research programme, which ended in 2003, developed regional climate models for Sweden and northern Europe, which means that it is now possible to study climate change at regional level. During the programme period, the Rossby Centre at SMHI was established as a hub of climate-modelling research. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sweclim/ 1996–2003 SEK 66,7 million The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) · Avslutad KAM default.jpg – The Ecocyclic Pulp Mill The KAM research programme was completed in 2004. Its overarching objective was to develop solutions that minimised the use of non-renewable resources and made efficient use of the potential of biomass. Several of the solutions developed in the programme are currently used on a large scale by industry both in Sweden and in other countries. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/the-ecocyclic-pulp-mill-kam/ 1996–2003 SEK 90 million Swedish Pulp and Paper Research Institute (STFI) · Avslutad ByggMISTRA default.jpg – Sustainable Building Apartment buildings and other built structures affect their surroundings throughout their long life. The Sustainable Building research programme, completed in 2002, helped to make housebuilding and property management more ecofriendly and reduce energy use in finished properties, including residential buildings. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/sustainable-building-byggmistra/ 1996–2002 SEK 39 million Chalmers University of Technology · Avslutad Ways Ahead default.jpg – Pathways to sustainable development: behaviours, organisations, structures The Ways Ahead programme, which ended in 2001, succeeded in inducing more researchers in human sciences to engage in environmental research. Their participation boosted understanding of, for example, how individuals’ values and behaviours are shaped. https://www.mistra.org/en/research/ways-ahead-paths-to-sustainable-development/ 1996–2001 SEK 22 million Lund University · Avslutad Avsnitt 5Mistra meets… Lars: bringing SMEs and researchers together Throughout his working life, Lars Frenning has worked to develop Swedish industry. In the past 15 years, he has helped Mistra to connect academic researchers with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) — with fruitful results. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/lars-frenning-connects-academia-and-companies/ larsfrenning-300x300.jpg Line: steering world-leading SRC towards new goals Line Gordon, director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC), thinks Mistra’s bold initiative and the freedom it gave the Centre enabled the creation of something completely unique. The Centre has now found a new base, after 12 years of receiving support from Mistra. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/what-became-of-mistras-biggest-funding-initiative-ever/ Line_600x600-300x300.jpg Åsa: setting sights on sustainable consumption Åsa Svenfelt, Programme Director for Mistra Sustainable Consumption, wants to lead the way to more sustainable consumption – and get us to question why we even consume. She sees herself as a solution-oriented pessimist. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/fear-of-downsides-driving-asa-svenfelt/ asa-svanfeldt2-300x300.jpg Johan: “A privilege to head Mistra” Johan Söderström, Head of Region Europe at ABB Power Grids, has been entrusted with the task of leading Mistra as the Foundation’s Chair for a further three years. He feels privileged to be able to work with an organisation with great scientific expertise, and with the mission of creating a better world. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/business-offers-hope-politics-is-worrying/ johan-soderstrom2-300x300.jpg Sverker: heading the drive for digitisation of forestry The forest is close to Sverker Danielsson’s heart. He is now Programme Director for the Mistra Digital Forest research initiative, which aims to develop forestry for the future, with new techniques and ways of working. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/varmland-engineer-leads-drive-to-digitise-forestry/ sverker_wide-300x300.jpg John: from mercury to green chemistry John Munthe, Programmme Director for Mistra SafeChem, wants to deliver research results with an international impact. With a budget of SEK 100 million, one objective is to increase the scope for early assessment of risks associated with chemicals. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/munthes-aim-to-make-sweden-world-leading-in-green-chemistry/ jmunthe-300x284.jpg Åsa: influencing the fashion industry Mistra Future Fashion has helped the fashion industry to change. Programme Director Åsa Östlund sees that the research results have been put to use, and regards the eight-year initiative as a success. https://www.mistra.org/en/news/mistra-future-fashions-influence-on-the-industryt-branschen/ asa_program-management.png Avsnitt 7Five questions to Märtha Josefsson, Chair of Mistra’s Asset Management Committee How would you summarise Mistra’s asset management in 2019?The year 2019 brought a superb return on Mistra’s assets. We’ve seldom seen such a strong year on the stock market. For the whole year, Mistra´s return on capital was 17.6 percent — several percentage points above our benchmark index. That made 2019 a unique year, and it should be seen in the light of the sharp market decline in late 2018. Does the high return mean more money for Mistra’s research initiatives? No, our thinking is long-term. The aim is for Mistra´s asset management to help ensure that our research grants are stable over time. That’s why it’s important to look at return over a long period. In the past five years, the average annual return has been 8.4 per cent. That’s a good rate, but going forward we have to expect the return to decrease. During 2019, were there any changes in how Mistra’s capital is invested?During the year, we continued to increase our investment in green bonds, which impact companies more directly than share investments do. Green bonds are used to fund green measures, and that calls for businesses and municipalities to take the right actions. What’s your take on Sweden’s market for sustainable asset management?The Swedish market has taken great strides in a positive direction, especially in the last five years. These days, most banks and fund managers are good at including sustainability criteria in their management. But Mistra wants to keep trying to influence the market and set a good example to other investors. When Al Gore visited Stockholm recently, we invited the major institutional investors in Sweden — pension and insurance companies, and the Swedish National Pension Funds — to an informal meeting with him. There was enormous interest in attending, and the big question they’re all wondering about is how their asset management can help to boost sustainability even more. Everyone wants to help, and that’s extremely pleasing. In the next few years, what challenges to Mistra’s asset management do you foresee? Mistra’s portfolio is in a really good place: all the capital has been invested according to sustainability criteria for more than ten years now. In the Asset Management Committee, we’re constantly pondering how to take the next step and what we should prioritise. Maintaining our good return will, for the time being, remain the overarching challenge in a situation of low interest rates, while Mistra keeps up its active contributions to a more sustainable society. The continuous dialogue with the fund managers engaged by Mistra is totally crucial to our success. Åsa Moberg at Mistra’s secretariat has been in charge of ongoing liaison with the managers for the past couple of years, and the Asset Management Committee supports her in these contacts. The purpose of our asset management is not just to put ticks in the margin of a fine report. We want to join in genuinely exerting influence on society! Avsnitt 8 We who work at Mistra Linda Bell LindaBell.jpg Programmes Director linda.bell(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 10 28 Mobile: +46 70 732 25 91 Christopher Folkeson Welch ChristopherWelch.jpg Programmes Director chris.welch(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 10 26 Mobile: +46 70 732 30 74 Birgitta Jonsson Palmgren birgitta-jonsson-palmgren_94x94.jpg Chief Financial Officer birgitta.jonssonpalmgren(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 34 80 Mobile: +46 70 344 54 66 Thomas Nilsson ThomasNilsson.jpg Programmes Director thomas.nilsson(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 10 22 Mobile: +46 70 629 88 12 Malin Lindgren MalinLindgren.jpg Communications Manager malin.lindgren(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 10 27 Mobile: +46 76 112 37 00 Åsa Moberg AsaMoberg.jpg Programmes Director asa.moberg(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 10 21 Mobile: +46 70 732 46 02 Linnea Kassmo LinneaKassmo.jpg Office Coordinator linnea.kassmo(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 10 23 Mobile: +46 70 659 09 60 Josefin Lönberg JosefinLonberg.jpg Economy josefin.lonberg(at)mistra.org Phone: +46 8 791 10 25 Mobile: +46 70 732 25 92 Jessica Bergh JessicaBergh.jpg Communications Officer jessica.bergh(at)mistra.org Mobile: +46 70 732 00 29