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What is the Value of Being First? Perspectives from the California and Sweden Experiences

Workshop Proceedings | May 7, 2013 | San Francisco, CA

California and Sweden are in a small group of front runner countries and states on issues of climate policy. In May 2013, Resources for the Future, the Swedish Mistra Indigo program, and the ClimateWorks Foundation held a special conference to deconstruct the experiences of California and Sweden in forging new ground toward climate change mitigation and climate policy decisions. At the workshop, leaders from the public, private, and research communities as well as from nongovernmental organizations addressed pathways for climate progress in the current political landscape, issues of industry and state competitiveness, and opportunities for climate gains through action in the transportation arena.

Read the full summary of workshop proceedings here and complete speaker bios here. The workshop agenda and presentations are available below. 


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Panel 1. Policy Leadership
Moderator: Thomas Sterner, University of Gothenburg and Environmental Defense Fund (view presentation)

  • Jon Krosnick, Stanford University
  • Lars-Erik Liljelund, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra)
  • Alan Lloyd, International Council on Clean Transportation (view presentation)
  • Michael Peevey, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Phil Sharp, Resources for the Future

Panel 2. Transportation and Air Pollution
Moderator: Alan Lloyd, President, International Council on Clean Transportation

  • Anthony Eggert, UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy
  • Peringe Grennfelt, Mistra Indigo; (formerly) IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute (view presentation)
  • Josh Linn, Resources for the Future (view presentation)
  • Dan Sperling, UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies and California Air Resources Board
  • Thomas Sterner, University of Gothenburg and Environmental Defense Fund (view presentation)

Featured Speaker

  • Mary Nichols, California Air Resources Board

Panel 3. Competitiveness
Moderator: Dallas Burtraw, Resources for the Future

Closing Remarks

  • Lars-Erik Liljelund, Executive Director, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra)
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