ALMEDALEN – AN IMPORTANT ARENA FOR INTENSIVE DISCUSSIONS

Sweden 100% renewable, is it all talk? Is nuclear power the answer to an effective transition? Get charged up for a fossil-free Sweden – but where are all the electric cars?

These are just some of the issues that will be discussed at the seminars organised by Vattenfall at the annual Almedalen "politics festival", which will take place on the island of Gotland from 3-10 July.

The number of seminars during Almedalen week in Visby grows from year to year. This year, some 3,700 seminars will be held over the course of the week.

Vattenfall's open programme includes 12 seminars.

Intensive discussions
Michelle von Gyllenpalm, Head of PRA & Media Relations Nordic, says that interest in energy issues is high in Sweden following the recent energy agreements, Vattenfall's decision to invest in the Forsmark nuclear power plant and the ongoing sale of German lignite operations.

"I see Almedalen week as a very intensive part of a dialogue which we effectively have all year around. At Almedalen we can strengthen established relationships, but we can also form new ones. The week is an important part of our lobby work."

Open atmosphere
Vattenfall's seminars usually attract a large audience. Last yearVattenfall’s Energihuset was full to the brim for a debate on a 100% renewable Swedish energy system. This year one of the seminars will continue this theme.

"Nuclear power will still be a major focus this year. I look forward to hearing what the politicians on the panel have to say. And our hope is that the discussions that take place during our seminars will spill over into the rest of the industry," says Michelle von Gyllenpalm, pointing out that some 40 Vattenfall employees will be in Visby during Almedalen week. Also, a number of people from Vattenfall, including CEO Magnus Hall, will take part in the company's seminars and other events.

"It's really important for us to be present in an established arena where issues that are relevant to us are discussed in great detail. The unique thing about Almedalen week is the open atmosphere. In principle, you can start a discussion with anyone you like. It's also an opportunity to invite opponents and critics to join our panels for an open and respectful discussion. This year we have 70 external panel members, which I'm really pleased about."

Hoping for good weather and great conversation
For Michelle von Gyllenpalm and her colleagues this will be one of the busiest weeks of the year.

"Personally, I hope that the atmosphere in Visby will be an inclusive one, that we'll get good weather and that I have some challenging discussions, especially with new voices in the energy debate."

All about Vattenfall at Almedalen (in Swedish)

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