The chief executive of Houdini, Eva Karlsson, was appointed one of 20 members of a government group, taking the lead in Sweden’s climate transition. With the ambition of becoming the world’s first fossil-free welfare state, the Swedish government has recruited four groups of experts representing the private sector, academics and civil society. Together, they have the task of meeting the challenges facing society to strengthen Sweden’s power of innovation and position in the global arena. Karlsson said: “At Houdini, we have had a sustainability strategy since 2001 and it will be very exciting to work with these topics in a context like this. We are convinced that cooperation and sharing of knowledge is the way forward and here we get the chance to do it on the highest level.” The joint workgroups are planned to be active until Aug. 31, 2022. In addition to the industry climate change group, there are joint actions for industrial digitization, health and life sciences, and competence and lifelong learning. The aim is to find solutions to significant societal challenges and to promote the Swedish export of sustainable ideas, services and products. Sweden’s minister of economic affairs, Ibrahim Baylan, is responsible for leading the government’s cooperation programs.

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