Breakthrough for SWESTEP – Order value of 85 MEUR
torsdag, 25 oktober 2018 / Published in LATEST NEWS

Breakthrough for waste management

Enabling roll out of -The Next Generation Process Technology for Sustainable Recycling Production- Turning all organic waste and plastics into renewable oil, fuel and green chemical products.

An agreement has been signed between SWESTEP AB and Green Fund Finance AB (GFF), with the intent of financing the construction and development of approved SWESTEP facilities. SWESTEP’S Innovative green technology combined with exciting new financing and investment models from Green Fund Finance promise real changes to the environmental challenges we face today.

“There is a huge interest in our proven technology for turning organic waste into a green oil similar to the fossil oil” says Karl-Magnus Mattsson, CEO and Founder of SWESTEP, he continues -“The unique technology enables you to recycle and process biomass, all organic waste, including plastic residues to valuable renewables for industries both in the Circular Economy and the CO2 Neutral Economy. This is a solution that enables many of them to close the loop or break out from fossil dependence.

The Swedish green-tech company SWESTEP offers production plants that are scalable and flexible from both the facility and raw material perspective. It is a ground-breaking technology that is both climate friendly and economically viable, the payback time on a production facility is short, due to high efficiency in the process. The end products are renewable oil/fuels, distilled water and bitumen, the renewable oil can also can be cultivated into performance chemicals to make new plastics, textilfibers or as alternative to palm oil for the food and cosmetic industries.

A SWESTEP plant has no hazardous emissions; thanks to the unique catalyst process the production works at low temperature with a slight under pressure. “The process basically copies nature’s natural ways of producing fossil oil, but instead of more than 130 million years, our patented process solution makes it on around 6 minutes. – And it is now becoming available internationally, with a really attractive funding setup”, says Karl-Magnus Mattsson, who beside the role at SWESTEP is recognized by WPF, (UNESCO) and has been granted as World Citizenship no 216 thanks to his engagement and initiatives for alternative green energy solutions.

Attractive funding solution – enabling large-scale roll out
GFF Green Fund Finance has agreed to finance the purchase and setup of turnkey SWESTEP production facilities. In return, the Fund will share the profits from the facilities on a next to equal basis with the companies that will manage each facility and produce renewable diesel from waste.

”There is a huge interest in this new patent technology amongst our investors, who are searching for sustainable investment opportunities with good prospects. We look forward to the coming years together with SWESTEP,” says David Simmonds, CEO of GFF Green Fund Finance.

Interest from many different international industries
“We have interest from several different international industry sectors, such as the aviation industry, agriculture, forestry and traditional manufacturing industry – but also from municipalities due to their growing waste problems”, says Karl-Magnus Mattsson, whom also has been invited to meet influential decision makers in emerging markets, informing about the technique and what it offers in terms of handling the large problems with waste handling and the equally important need for alternative energy solutions.

Orders to a value of 85 MEUR – installations starting 2019
“We now have orders from customers in Scandinavia, India, Bangladesh  and southern Europe amounting to 85 MEUR, with installations starting in 2019. Most of these orders are to be financed by Green Fund Finance. With this new funding set-up, we expect the order book to grow fast, as it creates alternatives for customers that do not want to be in the hands of traditional bank financing” says Karl-Magnus Mattsson.

Comments from industry representatives
The SWESTEP technology and GFF Green Fund Finance financial setup is valued by several representatives with an interest in new ways to turn organic waste and residuals into green oil based chemicals and renewable fuels.

Stefan Lithell, CEO at REZ Power AB, Sweden – ” Being able to access a technology that makes Swedish renewable diesel out of waste from plastic paper and wood that are also carbon dioxide neutral. To use a multiple better process than burning the waste, feels great and inspiring ”.

Georgios Vassili, CEO RECYCLADES, Naxos, Greece – ” This means we can solve the waste issues in the Cyclades and contribute to a circular economy, and less dependent on importing fossil fuel ”.

Fredrik Hällstorp, CEO Hällstorp Recycling AB – ” This will make a big difference with a SWESTEP plant, which means that waste will be converted to new chemical products with a positive cash flow leading to a higher recycling rate and less material that will be sent to landfill. This will be good for the future and for the environment both nationally and globally ”.

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Phone + 46 763 97 95 74

måndag, 25 januari 2016 / Published in LATEST NEWS


Executive Chairman ZHANG Yi Visits KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden


On January 21st, 2016, Executive Chairman ZHANG Yi paid a visit to KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden in the company of Ms. Vanessa Folkesson, Head of Nordic Team of EUCNC. Mr. ZHANG Yi has conferred with the heads of several sci-tech startups of great significance that originate from KTH as for the feasible cooperation. The concerned parties have reached the consensus on the joint efforts of promoting the sci-tech cooperation between China and Nordic countries.

Mr. ZHANG Yi firstly exchanged the views with Mr. Karl Magnus Mattsson, Founder and CEO of SWESTEP, Mr. Peter Peschl, COO of SWESTEP and Mr. Klas Engvall, Professor of KTH as for the green technology cooperation.

Mr. ZHANG Yi and Mr. Karl Magnus Mattsson (Left Two), Mr. Peter Peschl (Left One), Mr. Klas Engvall (Right)

At the meetings, Mr. ZHANG Yi made the detailed presentation on the commercial opportunities that sprouted out of current situations of China, namely economic transformation and industrial upgrading. He remarked, EUCNC put the sci-tech innovation cooperation on the top priority and set the work under the guidance of “European Technology, Chinese Market, Win-Win Cooperation”. In the meanwhile, EUCNC has reached the consensus with several Chinese cities as for the sci-tech cooperation with a view to substantiating China-Europe Urbanization Partnership with the tangible projects.

Scientists and engineers of KTH indicated their ready willingness of making their contribution to Sino-European people through the concrete sci-tech projects by virtue of the platform of EUCNC.
Mr. ZHANG Yi offered the invitation to the scientists and engineers to visit China in due time. EUCNC would set the stage for these sci-tech companies on which they could present themselves to the full, which would bring forth the possibility as for the future cooperation. Scientists and engineers of KTH were quite looking forward to the related arrangements and expressed their willingness of facilitating the in-depth cooperation between KTH and EUCNC.




Source : EUCNC

onsdag, 30 december 2015 / Published in NEWS From the world

Launch of new sustainable development agenda to guide development actions for the next 15 years

30 DEC 2015 – The new year ushers in the official launch of the bold and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by world leaders last September at the United Nations. The new Agenda calls on countries to begin efforts to achieve 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. “The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success.”The SDGs, unanimously adopted by the UN’s 193 Member States at an historic summit in September 2015, address the needs of people in both developed and developing countries, emphasising that no one should be left behind. Broad and ambitious in scope, the Agenda addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development: social, economic and environmental, as well as important aspects related to peace, justice and effective institutions.The mobilization of means of implementation, including financial resources, technology development and transfer and capacity-building, as well as the role of partnerships, are also acknowledged as critical. The Paris Conference on climate change is seen by many as the first test of political will to implement the Agenda. “The Paris Agreement is a triumph for people, the planet, and for multilateralism. For the first time, every country in the world has pledged to curb their emissions, strengthen resilience and act internationally and domestically to address climate change. By addressing climate change we are advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” said the UN Secretary-General.Turning this vision into reality is primarily the responsibility of countries, but it will also require new partnerships and international solidarity. Everyone has a stake and everyone has a contribution to make. Reviews of progress will need to be undertaken regularly in each country, involving civil society, business and representatives of various interest groups. At the regional level, countries will share experiences and tackle common issues, while on an annual basis at the United Nations, the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), will take stock of progress at the global level, identifying gaps and emerging issues, and recommending corrective action.The 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets of the new agenda will be monitored and reviewed using a set of global indicators. These will be compiled into an Annual SDG Progress Report.



Source: UN-DPI

måndag, 28 september 2015 / Published in NEWS From the world

Marching forward: China is creating the world’s largest market-based carbon pricing system.


China – the world largest emitter of greenhouse gases – is implementing a national carbon market in 2017


During his visit to Washington last week, China’s President Xi Jinping confirmed that the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter, which has pledged to reduce its carbon intensity and reach a peak of overall emissions by 2030, will use a cap-and-trade market approach to help realize this.

China already has 7 pilot markets in cities and provinces in place that cover 1 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Under the national scheme, now to go live in 2017, this could increase to 4 billion tons according to Chinese researchers – making it the world’s largest national emissions trading system.

It’s an exciting step and demonstration of China’s commitment to achieve its low carbon goals.

For those of us working in the trenches, the momentum towards carbon pricing is clear and the use of markets to realize this ambition incontrovertible. So this Chinese policy decision did not come as a surprise.

As Xueman Wang, our team’s leading specialist on the development of Chinese carbon markets explained, “Over a year ago, the Chinese authorities shared that the national scheme would be launched by 2016 or 2017, and so President Xi’s announcement leaves no doubt of their commitment to get started as soon as possible.”

Our relationship to support China to reduce emissions started over a decade ago with technical assistance on the Clean Development Mechanism and supporting some of China’s first projects to earn carbon credits.

As my colleague Neeraj Prasad – who 14 years ago led the Bank’s initial outreach on this with the Chinese authorities — tells it, “The Chinese government understood that there were both financial and environmental gains in reducing emissions.”

This is even more evident today; our recent State & Trends of Carbon Pricing 2015 report underscores the need for international collaboration to lower the cost of reducing emissions with potential transfers amounting to $2 trillion per year by 2050.

Today, we continue to support China in achieving its goals, including the implementation of this new nationwide market. The World Bank’s Partnership for Market Readiness provides technical assistance and helps knowledge exchange among most of the world’s largest emitters, including China, where it supports the design of its national emissions trading system. It provides countries with the funding they need to design a carbon market, while serving as a platform to share experience and best practices.

Through our private sector arm, IFC, we are also working with some Chinese exchanges and financial institutions to strengthen carbon trading programs and develop products to support increased market liquidity and manage liabilities. We are helping them set up trading platforms and act as market intermediates by ultimately offering trading, hedging and advisory services to their clients when the markets are fully established. This infrastructure will be key.

And it isn’t just China; other countries are designing and implementing market-based carbon pricing mechanisms.Today, there are 62 national or subnational entities worldwide who have carbon pricing instruments in place, covering 12 percent of global emissions (about 7 billion tons of carbon emissions).

This represents a threefold increase over the last decade. A great accomplishment, but more is needed, as are systems and protocols to network these disparate markets.

As World Bank Group President Jim Kim said in response to China’s announcement on Friday: “Carbon pricing is not a panacea, but it is the necessary step to fast track low carbon growth and resilient development. China’s leadership is the kind of strong signal that the political process to Paris needs”.


Source: Worldbank

lördag, 11 juli 2015 / Published in LATEST NEWS

After a successful day showing the new/latest plant in Slovenia together with people from NorrSkog, IKEA, Vrana Säteri and Eco Fuel, we walked up to the historic castle for dinner over viewing the beautiful city of Ljubljana.

onsdag, 14 januari 2015 / Published in NEWS From the world

Why climate change adaptation is key to managing global risks

Image: REUTERS/Aly Song
The consequences of climate change are causing growing concern among global leaders as they intersect with a large number of interconnected global risks.

The Global Risks Report 2016, published by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with Zurich Insurance Group and other leading institutions, found that while geopolitical risk such as uncontrolled immigration and interstate conflicts were seen as the most likely threat, climate issues were the risk factors most likely to influence other risks and thus had the greatest potential impact.

Failure of national governance was seen as the highest risk to doing business by executives in 14 countries, half of them in Latin America, four in sub-Saharan Africa, two in Eastern Europe and one in Asia.

Geopolitical risks

Those findings are hardly surprising, given that geopolitical tensions are now at their highest level since the end of the Cold War, with growing tension over maritime rights in the South China Sea, an ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine creating security concerns across the old soviet bloc and military intervention in Syria.

Elsewhere, there are heightened terrorism fears across Europe in the wake of the Paris attack in November 2015, continuing economic uncertainty across Europe after elections in Spain and the collapse of Portugal’s government, and concerns over global growth following a slowdown in the BRICS economies.

These tensions create numerous challenges for businesses and society. Companies face cancelled projects, interruptions to production and supply chains, restrictions on various activities and, potentially, politically motivated attacks on their employees and facilities. Heightened nationalism also increases the risk of protectionist measures and asset seizures.

Geopolitical tensions also divert resources and energy from addressing other issues of mutual concern, including climate change, while politicizing debates around key issues such as market regulation, cyber-crime and mutual security.

Climate change

Climate change remains one of the most pressing contributing factors to geopolitical and other risks, but mitigation efforts have largely failed.

In 2015, the global concentration of carbon dioxide – a key driver of climate change – exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time in recorded history, while global temperatures appear to have risen by 1 degree Celsius from the pre-Industrial era. The changes are already posing grave challenges for businesses and humanity, including an increase in coastal flooding, falling agricultural production, declining biodiversity, eco-system collapse (accompanied by declines in fish stocks, etc.), and higher costs for cooling and irrigation.

Those risks also have geopolitical consequences. Many people link the Arab spring uprising in 2011 to rising wheat prices, which resulted in protests in the streets of Libya, while potential disputes over water rights could lead to conflict.

Globally, withdrawals of fresh water have increased threefold over the last 50 years and demand is anticipated to rise by a further 40% by 2030.

Collaboration and cooperation

Given the scale and ever increasing complexity and interconnectivity of the challenges posed by climate change, political and other risk factors, it is perhaps understandable that many stakeholders choose to focus instead on the issues that they can manage. In a 2011 survey by the Wharton Business School, for example, more than half of respondents said that the simplest way to manage geopolitical risks was to avoid investing in volatile markets.

Interconnectivity, however, makes such calculations impractical. As the growing immigration crisis in the EU demonstrates, such risks no longer recognize national boundaries. That makes it increasing important that all stakeholders in society work together to address pressing global challenges.

Businesses need to factor potential environmental risks and their contingencies into their business planning and become more proactive in addressing climate challenges. At Zurich, for example, we are contributing to pressing social and environmental issues with investments of up to $2 billion in green bonds to fund projects from hydroelectric power plants to ecological firms; as well as impact investing through private equity to help mitigate environmental risks by supporting a low-carbon economy and encouraging environmentally friendly technologies.

The greatest challenge for corporations is to build resilience to climate and other hazards. This requires a new, more integrated and holistic risk management approach which takes interdependencies between risks into account, with a truly holistic risk management approach. Corporate boards must own the risk agenda because they own the strategy which is inherently intertwined with risk. The board’s role is to set the agenda, drive the culture of risk and oversee implementation throughout the organisation.

The Global Risks Report 2016 is available here.

Author:Cecilia Reyes, Chief Risk Officer & Regional Chairman of Asia Pacific, Zurich Insurance Group


Source: World Economic Forum

måndag, 15 december 2014 / Published in LATEST NEWS

SWESTEP in negotiations at the Swedish Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh on a number of facilities in both south and northern Bangladesh.

In pictured is; Dr. Nasir Khan with consulting firm in London and Dhaka – Specialist in climate o environment. Dr. and Prof. Moyeen owners of large textile industry in Bangladesh. Swedish Ambassador Johan Frisell, SWESTEP’s CEO Karl-Magnus Mattsson. Swedish Handelsattachén Mia Hall as well as the consultant Robin Rabbani.

söndag, 09 november 2014 / Published in LATEST NEWS

The Seminar with focus on the CPD technology was held at KTH in Stockholm Sweden. It was a made jointly with KTH – Royal Institute of Technology and SP – The Swedish Technical Inspection Agency.

It was full and representatives from the LRF, the Swedish Energy Agency, the forest industry, representatives from the County Administrative Board and the various industries and energy companies, to name a few.

The goal of the meeting was to exchange information, discuss and to create a platform for future collaboration and R&D in order
to advance the development and commercialization of the turnkey SWESTEP plants including the CPD technology (Catalytic Pressureless Depolymerisation process).