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Our participation in Almedalen

Almedalen Political Week is the most important and progressive political gathering in Sweden. It takes place in the capital of Gotland, Visby. Every year, for a week during the summer, politicians, business people, NGOs and investors from all over Scandinavia and other countries meet to discuss how best to foster the economy and enhance social objectives.

Almedalen 2017

Seminar 4 July, 12.00-13.00

"New chemical tax on electronics - what's the point?"

From 1 July 2017, there will be a new Swedish tax on chemicals in electronics to reduce the amount of hazardous flame retardants in our home environment. The action has raised criticism. Are taxes as instruments the right way to go to achieve an environmental goal?

From July 1, there will be a new tax on chemicals in some electronic products (TVs, mobiles, tablets, white goods, etc.). The purpose of the tax is to reduce the occurrence, spread and exposure of hazardous flame retardants in people's home environment. Technically, is the electronics that are taxed, but it is the chemicals in the products that the tax is supposed to target. However, consumers who buy goods directly from other countries are not affected by the chemical tax. The tax only applies on electronics that are purchased from companies within Sweden. Many have been positive, but there has also been hard criticism. During the seminar, the new chemical tax will be used as an example to highlight basic issues regarding taxes as a means of achieving an environmental goal. The seminar begins with brief introductions to the subject and is followed by a conversation to discuss the pros and cons of the new chemical tax.

Participants

Moderator: Pernilla Rendahl, the FRAM centre at the University of Gothenburg 
Åsa Romson, Member of Parliament, Chairman of the EU Committee (MP)
Mikael Karlsson, President, The European Environmental Bureau
Susann Lundström, Partner KPMG
Lena Odelberg, Tax Attorney, Volvo

Organizer

FRAM - Centre for Future Chemical Risk Analysis and Management (FRAM) at the University of Gothenburg

Contact

Dr. Åsa Arrhenius, the FRAM Center
Coordinator
E-mail: asa.arrhenius@gu.se 

Format

One-hour seminar with a brief introductory to the subject by the moderator Pernilla Rendahl, FRAM's researcher. Afterwords follows a panel discussion with guests. 

Date and time

Tuesday, July 4 at. 12.00-13.00 (Almedalen)

Almedalen 2016

FRAM hosted "A party with toxic chemicals?"

A party with toxic chemicals - FRAM researcher discussed problems with chemical mixtures and suggested solutions to the problem at Almedalen.

Friday the 8th of July FRAM together with University of Gothenburg and Västsvenska arenand hosted a seminar at Almedalen, Visby, Sweden. Two introductions in English by Thomas Backhaus who introduced the problems with chemical mixtures in the environment and Jessica Coria introduced the costs associated with chemical pollutions and solutions in term of suitable policy instruments. The introductions were followed with a panel discussion where we were happy to have three competent participants in the panel; Mikael Karlsson (EEB), Lena Lundberg (IKEM), and Emma Nohrén (the Swedish Green party). The discussion were held in a mix of Swedish and English.

The seminar was videostreamed and you can seeit below.

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