Becoming the World’s First Fossil Free Welfare State

You are welcome to join the Swedish Embassy in the Energy Academy Europe in Groningen, where you can also see the exhibition Pioneer the Possible with Swedish innovative technical solutions that actually work: from green batteries to fossil-free steel production.



  • 13:00 – Welcome
    • Welcome speech by the Mayor of Groningen, Mr. Koen Schuiling
    • Welcome speech by the CEO of New Energy Coalition, Ms. Marieke Abbink
    • Speech by H.E. Mr. Ambassador Johannes Oljelund
  • 13:20 – Keynote speech and Q&A
    • Keynote speech “Pioneer the Possible” and Q&A by Mr. Mattias Frumerie, Head of Delegation to UNFCCC & EU Climate Envoy
  • 13:40 – Company presentations
    • Company presentation by Ms. Frédérique Biston, Head of EU representation, Volvo Group
    • Company presentation by Mr. Staf Seurinck, Managing Director ABB
  • 14:00 – Panel discussion and Q&A
    • Panel discussion and Q&A with the Swedish companies, Mr. Thom Duijvené de Wit, Senior Adviser Innovation and Knowledge Economy, Municipality of Groningen and Mr. Patrick Cnubben, Director Hydrogen Strategy, New Energy Coalition. Moderated by Mr. Jörg Gigler, Topsector Energie/TKI New Gas
  • 15:00 – Exhibition and reception
    • The “Pioneer the Possible” exhibition is opened by H.E. Mr. Ambassador Oljelund, followed by a reception in the Atrium
  • 16:00 – End of the programme
  • Thu 12 May
  • 13:00 - 16:00 (CEST)
  • Nijenborgh 6
    Nijenborgh 6
    9747 AG Groningen, NL