At the request of HRH The Prince of Wales, SEI and the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) hosted a one hour visit on Friday 23 March. Together with HM Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, The Prince of Wales was given an introduction to central aspects of the research conducted at SEI and SRC.
The visit started with a presentation of SEI’s research on household energy in developing countries. SEI researcher Fiona Lambe demonstrated the use of an ethanol-fuelled cooking stove, which reduces environmentally harmful fuelwood consumption and improves health by reducing indoor smoke.
Lambe’s presentation was followed by a round table discussion on energy and food security. Three short presentations set the scene and seeded further discussions: Sarah Cornell from SRC presented the Planetary Boundaries concept; Henrik Österblom (SRC) presented research on the Baltic Sea and a visualization of its future while Louise Karlberg (SEI) presented issues related to water, energy and food security.
The participants in the round table discussion included SEI Executive Director Johan Rockström, SRC Science Director Carl Folke, Ben Moxham (the UK Prime Minister’s Advisor on Climate and Energy), Jan Agri (DeLaval), Erik Brandsma (Vattenfall), Måns Nilsson (SEI) and Justin Mundy (HRH Prince of Wales’ Advisor on Sustainability).
A key message from the discussion was the importance of linking science with the private sector and to tap into the enormous innovative capacity and resources these two sectors have. HRH The Prince of Wales emphasized the importance of building environmental capital and social capital, and connecting the highest levels of the private sector with local communities.