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The role of wetlands in climate change is underappreciated, but there are a few areas where ecosystem stewardship – restoration, conservation and wise use under changing conditions – can address so many critical issues at once, including climate mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity protection and water-based ecosystem services.
Marcus Carson, SEI Senior Research Fellow
It is important to specifically focus on methane mitigation as part of climate action in this decade, leading to further reductions up to 2050.  It is a positive sign that more countries are now acknowledging this.
Johan C. I. Kuylenstierna co-author of the report and Research Leader at SEI.
Methane mitigation can save lives, prevent respiratory disease, help prevent further warming and overall contribute to healthier ecosystems. The measures that need to be taken to achieve this are readily available, and cost-effective. There is no reason not to act now.
Eleni Michalopoulou co-author and Research Associate at SEI.
With more extreme global warming, conflict risks are estimated to increase. Conflict depresses economic growth and elevates future conflict risks and vulnerability to climate change.
Nina von Uexkull, Senior Lecturer at Stockholm University and researcher of Mistra Geopolitics
Participants of the UN climate meetings with great consensus see climate change as a significant risk to both international peace and security, and to global, human security.
Björn-Ola Linnér, Programme Director of Mistra Geopolitics and Professor at Linköping University
A tipping point is in sight for electric trucks. Battery technology is very close to a threshold that makes electric trucks feasible and economically competitive.
Björn Nykvist lead author and senior researcher at SEI
We need to reevaluate our view on wastewater and human excreta. Today’s approach to disposal means lost opportunities in the form of nutrients and organic matter which are being flushed away.
Kim Andersson, Senior Expert at Stockholm Environment Institute.
We can now track pulp exports back to the specific plantations that contributed most of the pulpwood. This gives us the unique ability to link deforestation and peat fires to specific exports of pulp, and its final destination.
Toby Gardner, Senior Research Fellow at SEI and Director of Trase
Secrets of African Edible Insect Cookery and Les Delices de Mikese try to do just this, by bringing modern, culinary recipes containing edible insects to the everyday household.
Associate Professor of Entomology in the Department of Crop Science and Post-Harvest Technology, Chinhoyi University of Technology
Most studies suggest that methane emissions from the oil and gas industry are underestimated, hence President Biden’s decision is vital, especially coming from the country that is now the world’s largest oil and gas producer.
SEI research leader at the University of York and expert on air pollution and climate change Dr. Johan C.I Kuylenstierna 
Knowing whether the severity of a climatic hazard is important for explaining multilateral aid has implications for what we can do to better alleviate humanitarian crises in the aftermath of climate-related disasters.
Lisa Dellmuth, lead author and Associate Professor of International Relations at Stockholm University and member of Mistra Geopolitics.
Understanding the determinants of multilateral climate aid is important not only for increasing the ability of the international community to provide humanitarian assistance, but also for improving resilience in the face of increasing risk of climate-related natural disasters.
Nina von Uexkull, co-author and senior lecturer in International Relations at Stockholm University and researcher in Mistra Geopolitics.
This shows that we need to take a much wider view of what is today considered ‘climate finance’, and start advancing the Paris Agreement’s broader goal of making all financial flows consistent with a low-emission, climate-resilient future.
Richard Klein, Senior Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute.
Trase Finance is an innovative and important step forward in enabling financial institutions to better identify and manage deforestation related risks in their portfolios.
Oliver Kumaran, Group Sustainability, Group Strategy and Design at CIMB Group
Data is the foundation for robust risk management. We are extremely pleased to have launched Trase Finance which allows financial institutions to now take more concrete steps towards tackling the risk in their portfolios, while also continuing to push companies and investors to improve disclosure to close remaining data gaps.
Toby Gardner, Director of Trase and Senior Research Fellow at SEI
In the week of the UN Summit on Biodiversity it is no longer possible to ignore the urgency of the biodiversity crisis now facing humanity. As heads of state from across the world call for urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development and set out a new framework for global biodiversity post 2020, we cannot afford to overlook the particularly perilous state of freshwater ecosystems. Our research shows that by taking a more holistic approach and planning jointly for terrestrial and freshwater conservation targets we can significantly improve the outcomes we so urgently need.
Dr Toby Gardner, Senior Research Fellow at SEI, and a co-founder of the Sustainable Amazon Network
There was little knowledge of what happens to used textiles in the Baltics. Developing such knowledge was an essential first step in meeting the 2025 requirement. We also wanted to go some steps further and engage stakeholders in developing circular textile systems.
Dr. Kerli Kant Hvass, project initiator and expert
Landfilling and incineration is a result of a lack of recycling capacity in the Baltics. Therefore, it is crucial that we start developing and investing in new recycling solutions, and that we do this in cooperation with the other Baltic states and make use of the knowledge and experience of the Nordic countries.
Kristiina Martin, Expert, Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre, Estonia
If chosen carefully, measures to address air pollution can also reduce greenhouse gases, which addresses climate change. If this opportunity is to be realized, then countries and cities need to know which air pollution policies can provide both health and climate change reduction benefits. The SEI tool helps with this.
Dr Johan C.I. Kuylenstierna, Air Pollution Research Leader, Stockholm Environment Institute
Whether the disruptions in society from the pandemic will spill over into major disruptions in the ongoing climate transition is still an open question. It is crucial to shed more light on how the climate transition – in the new context of a pandemic and economic recovery packages – can properly address equity, or whether inequalities between communities and between countries will continue to grow.
Åsa Persson, Deputy Director, Stockholm Environment Institute
The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic must not divert attention from reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement and delivering low-carbon emissions from heavy industry, The green recovery can and must be a motor for the industry and energy transitions and for resilient economic growth.
Isabella Lövin, Minister for Environment and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden.
In this statement, we reaffirm our commitment to accelerating the transition of all industry sectors to low carbon pathways in line with the goals of Paris Agreement, while pursuing efforts to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and to working in partnership with industry to make this happen.
Babul Supriyo, Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.
The UK is a proud member of the LeadIT initiative. In the run-up to COP26, we look forward to working closely with all member countries to build back better, pursue a green recovery and accelerate the decarbonisation of industry,
Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, United Kingdom.
Our data pinpoints deforestation hotspots linked to top exports and markets and show time and time again that most of the problem is concentrated in a handful of suppliers, and a handful of places. These insights are incredibly powerful as they provide entry points for action—by companies, governments and investors—that can catalyze and direct enforcement, investment and engagement to where it is needed the most.
Toby Gardner, Director of Trase and Senior Research Fellow at SEI
In many countries the rate of agricultural deforestation has come down from the peak years of a decade ago. But the lack of progress in implementing zero-deforestation commitments and recent upticks in deforestation in some areas, including the Brazilian Amazon, underlines how fragile these gains are. Companies and governments need to target implementation. Trase data provide a major step forward in our ability to assess the effectiveness of implementation efforts.
Helen Bellfield, lead editor of the Yearbook and Trase lead at Global Canopy
We are very proud to host this programme at SEI and to work with world-class partners, in Sweden and internationally. The knowledge and analysis Mistra Geopolitics offers is in increasing demand, and we are constantly looking for ways to make sense of new geopolitical and sustainability trends. In this second four-year phase of the programme, we are very excited to be bringing in expertise on emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence.
Åsa Persson, Deputy Director and Research Director at Stockholm Environment Institute.
The pandemic could thwart the goals of the Paris Agreement. We may see a turn toward more isolationism and pollution-intensive economic recovery efforts. However, the COVID-19 pandemic may also spur a ‘geopolitics of generosity’. It offers a timely opportunity to shift towards greener, healthier and more resilient societies.
Björn-Ola Linnér, Programme Director of Mistra Geopolitics and Professor of Environmental Change at Linköping University.
Beyond the immediate health and well-being priorities of the COVID-19 pandemic lie questions around how economies and societies might recover. As those questions are debated, a window of opportunity is opening to ensure recovery supports an industry transition that is sustainable, just and resilient. Failure to do so risks locking us into inequitable and high-carbon pathways.
Oliver Johnson, Head of the LeadIT Secretariat, and Head of Climate, Energy and Society Unit at SEI
As a green leader, the world is looking to the EU to demonstrate that a sustainable recovery is possible and that we can address the health crisis, the economic crisis and the risks of climate change in smart and synergistic ways. This webinar will address the credibility, effectiveness and level of ambition of the proposed recovery package, and what kind of knowledge and evidence challenges are raised as the world starts to recover.
Åsa Persson, Deputy Director and Research Director, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Our study maps out, for the first time, the how and where of an equitable phase-out of fossil fuels. Getting this done in a fair way is critical both to preventing economic chaos and meeting climate goals, and not only from a moral standpoint but a political one.
Senior Scientist Sivan Kartha from the Stockholm Environment Institute, co-author of the study.
The transition out of fossil fuels is more urgent than ever. This poses different challenges in each country, in the Global South and North. We need Just Transition measures that include international solidarity with all workers and communities that are economically dependent on fossil fuel extraction. Governments, business and unions need to set up social dialogue processes to plan a Just Transition away from fossil fuels that creates alternatives and provides decent and quality jobs for those affected.
Sharan Burrow, Secretary General, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
By addressing climate, air pollution, and sustainable development as an integrated problem we can identify technologies, lifestyle changes and policy solutions which achieve multiple near-term benefits efficiently, sustainably and often at lower-cost than solutions that do not consider both the economy and the environment.
19 scientific experts on air pollution and climate change; including members of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.
In a nutshell, the film highlights how policy coherence and improved linkages to markets need to fall into place to accelerate a transition to a circular economy for nutrients that are essential to agriculture, but environmentally devastating when they wash off farmland into the Baltic, as they do now.
Karina Barquet, Project Coordinator for BONUS RETURN, Research Fellow at Stockholm Environment Institute, which led the production of Sea of Opportunity.
After two years of intensive development work, we and our partners are excited to see the Green Assets Wallet going into full service. Underwriters, stock exchanges, development banks, investors and issuers will benefit from the platform.
Cecilia Repinski, Executive Director of Stockholm Green Digital Finance
Compiling and comparing different impact reports can be complicated and time consuming. We see this platform as a way to simplify this process for investors. As the green bond market has led the way for other types of environmental financial products, we hope that this foray into using blockchain for impact metrics can be the start of mainstreaming work around digital tokens for environmental impact and natural capital.
Ashley Schulten, Head of Responsible Investing for Global Fixed Income at BlackRock
The Green Assets Wallet won this year’s Nordic Ideas Award by Nordea, the largest financial group in the Nordics, for a technology that has both positive impact on society and a solid business value. Reaching Europe’s goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050 will require a solid action plan on green financing.
Cecilia Repinski, Executive Director of Stockholm Green Digital Finance
Our research shows that to stay within planetary boundaries, by 2050 an average European will have to reduce by 80% the amount of natural resources they currently use for nutrition, housing, mobility and lifestyles. The upcoming Green Deal should therefore include a comprehensive European policy for sustainable consumption that complements the existing circular economy package and aims at the 80% reduction in per capita material footprint by 2050.
Céline Charveriat, IEEP Executive Director
European collaboration is needed to solve the environmental problems we face. Mistra pays attention to decisions made in the EU because they have an important influence on our mission: to develop strategic environmental research, thereby helping to solve key environmental problems while fostering Swedish competitiveness and sustainable development.
Åke Iverfeldt, CEO of Mistra
We have a fully packed agenda with high-level expertise on circular solutions. EEA just launched its report stating that we are sleepwalking towards a catastrophe. There is no sign of improvement, and the curve is getting steeper. This is why we need circular economy.
Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP, ECON Committee