Arendal's political week Photo: Mona Hauglid https://www.flickr.com/photos/arendalsuka/35800041404/

Arendal's political week Photo: Mona Hauglid https://www.flickr.com/photos/arendalsuka/35800041404/

27 Jun 2018

NIB participates at political weeks in Almedalen and Arendal

Almedalen Week in Visby, Sweden
On Wednesday 4 July, you are welcome to attend a panel debate on Sustainable financing - a way of saving the Baltic Sea. Here you can meet Thomas Wrangdahl, First Vice-President, Head of Lending, representing NIB in the debate.

The debate is part of the Baltic Sea days during Sweden’s Almedalen Week in the town of Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland. The Nordic Council of Ministers, WWF, the Baltic Sea Action Group, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and Kalmarsundskommissionen arrange the panel debate.

Almedalen Week in Visby is Sweden's largest participatory political forum. During the first week of July, this event provides opportunities to everyone who wants to debate.

Baltic Sea protection
At NIB, our vision is for a prosperous and sustainable Nordic–Baltic region. We work towards that vision by providing complementary long-term financing to projects that improve competitiveness and the environment. We see green bonds as a key instrument to raise the funds needed for environmental projects.

Since 2011, we have been issuing NIB Environmental Bonds and using the proceeds to finance environmental projects, such as Stockholm’s Future Wastewater Treatment project at Henriksdal. The new membrane technology used there will result in 40% lower discharges of phosphorus and 33% lower discharges of nitrogen into the Baltic Sea. The plant will also remove all particles larger than 0.04 micrometres, i.e. all micro plastics, from the wastewater.

If you are in Visby on Wednesday 4 July, you are most welcome to take part in the debate, 10.15-11.00 local time at Almedalsbiblioteket, Cramérgatan 5.

You can also watch a live web stream.

Arendal’s political week, Norway
On Wednesday 15 August, NIB will participate in a panel debating is the Paris agreement possible? Hilde Kjelsberg, Vice-President, Head of Credit and Analysis will be representing NIB.

Participants are Erik Solheim, Head of UN Environment Program and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Tine Sundtoft, project manager and County Chief Executive of the newly agreed Agder County Municipality, Sasja Beslik, Head of Group Sustainable Finance, Nordea and Frederic Hauge, Head of the Environmental Foundation Bellona.

Arendalsuka, Nordic Council of Ministers and Foreningen Norden arrange the panel debate.

If you find yourself in Arendal on Wednesday 15 August, come and take part in this debate starting 13.30-15.00 local time at Arendal kultur- og rådhus.

The debate will be live-streamed.