Environment in focus when Sweden celebrates the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, 2-4 September

As part of the celebration of St. Petersburg's 300th anniversary Sweden will be arranging several activities, including several with a focus on environmental technology and sustainable development.

Sept. 3, 2003 -- As part of the celebration of St. Petersburg's 300th anniversary Sweden will be arranging several activities, including several with a focus on environmental technology and sustainable development. The aim is to further develop and promote stronger cooperation between Swedish and Russian companies, municipalities and public authorities.

The Minister for the Environment, Lena Sommestad will open the seminar taking place on the 3rd of September at Hotel Pulkovskaja, a joint cooperation between the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sida, the Swedish Trade Council and SweHeat.

The event is a follow-up of the environmental seminars held in St. Petersburg in March 2002. The theme will be "The Sustainable City", with focus on water and wastewater treatment, waste management and district heating. "The Sustainable City", is a new concept, presented at the UN-summit on sustainable development in Johannesburg in 2002, which highlights new and effective technological solutions for urban sustainability. The concept has a system approach emphasising important synergies and interactions between different urban supply systems.

Seminars and activities will be attended by decision makers from St. Petersburg and northwest Russia and representatives within water and wastewater treatment, waste management and district heating. Representatives from Swedish and international financial organisations, governments and organisations will also attend the seminars.

- There is no doubt that Swedish environmental technology and district heating in general is cutting edge. There are a number of very competent and innovative companies that have developed world leading technologies and methods within these fields. Sweden was one of the first countries in the world to recognize the growing number of environmental problems and include these on the political agenda.

Today Sweden and Swedish companies can look back on a number of major successes in the fields of environment and energy saving. Successes and experiences we would like to share with our Russian neighbours at the seminars in St. Petersburg, says Rutger Engsäll, Senior Vice President at the Swedish Trade Council and head of the Swedish Environmental Technology Network.

Sweden has a long tradition of cooperation with the region of St. Petersburg regarding trade and development. The cultural and historical bonds are also unique. The seminar will hopefully strengthen professional and commercial networks between Sweden and Russia and result in resource effective and environmental friendly cities around the Baltic Sea.

Swedish companies participating are:
ABS Pumps International AB/ Cardo Pump AB www.abspumps.com , Alfa Laval Lund AB www.alfalaval.com , Alstom Power Flow Systems www.power.alstom.com , Armatec AB www.armatec.com , Göteborg Energi International AB www.goteborgenergi.se , Flir Systems www.flir.com , ITT Flygt AB www.flygt.com , Malmberg Water AB www.malmberg.se , Mittel Fjärrvärme AB www.mittel.se , NCC International AB www.ncc.se , Petrokraft AB www.petrokraft.se , Powerpipe Systems AB www.powerpipe.se , PURAC AB www.purac.se , Sweco International www.sweco.se , Swedish Water Development AB/Stockholm Water Company www.swedishwater.se , WSP International Sweden www.wspgroup.com , Volvo Aero AB www.volvo.com , ÅF-International AB www.af.se .

Seminar PROGRAM in English

For further information please contact The Swedish Trade Council or SweHeat:
Rutger Engsäll, +46-708-83 85 57, swedentech@swedishtrade.se
Ulf Öqvist, + 46 734 12 6335, info@sweheat.com
More information is also available on http://www.swedentech.com,
see also included program.

The Swedish Environmental Technology Network - Swedentech - is a sector program within the Swedish Trade Council. The business concept is to promote and support new business opportunities in the environmental technology area. The network includes more than 500 Swedish companies specialized in the fields of Air Pollution Control, Water- and Waste Water Treatment and Waste Management. The network is offering the international market contacts with the wide and deep expertise of the Swedish environmental technology industry.

SweHeat - the Swedish Council for District Heating - is established by leading Swedish companies and organisations for international cooperation in the district heating sector. SweHeat has close relations with the Swedish District Heating Association and with the Swedish Trade Council. Member companies of SweHeat represent the owners and operators of district heating systems, R&D organisations, consultants and suppliers of equipment covering the whole range of district heating technology.

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