Exponential Climate Action for Cities (X-CAC)

International workshop to explore exponential pathways for cities following a Global Carbon Law


12-13 April 2018 • Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

12-13 April 2018

In the next decade, the world must move from incremental to exponential action on climate and clean energy. Cities are at the forefront of the revolution to harness the power of exponential technologies for transformation.
This workshop will bring together leading researchers, tech companies, innovators, and city actors from across the globe to map out the opportunity space for exponential systemic action. We will look at the best examples of rapid emission reductions, the massive opportunities opening up with new technologies, and the role of societal change and policy actions. The results will contribute to a major roadmap report for the Climate Action Summit in California in September.


Keynote speakers and panelists:

Prof. Johan Rockström

executive director of Stockholm Resilience Centre, TED speaker, lead author of the Global Carbon Law paper

Kathryn Myronuk

Founding team and faculty at Singularity University and Board at ADA-AI, speaker and facilitator on synthesis, foresight, and non-hierarchical convergence

Prof. Benjamin Sovacool

Professor of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University. Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Sussex. Founding editor-in-chief of the journal Energy Research & Social Science.

Darja Isaksson

speaker and communicator on digital innovations and member of the Swedish National Innovation Council, will lead the panel discussion


12th April

Audrey Solans, Sustainable Cities & Infrastructures Officer, WWF France

Carina Borgström-Hansson, Senior Advisor and Director One Planet Cities, WWF Sweden

Johanna Engman, Acting IT-director, Stockholm City

Linda Birkedal, Environmental strategist, City of Lund

Albert Edman, Head of Urban Development and Sustainability, Umeå City

Anna Pernestål Brenden, Director, Integrated Transport Research Lab, KTH

Jens Malmodin, Sustainability Research Team, Ericsson

Dag Lundén, Environmental Manager at Technology, Telia

13th April

Frank Geels, Professor of System Innovation, The University of Manchester (UK)

Stephen Passmore, Technology Director, Resilience Brokers (UK) 

Peter Regio, CEO, Flowspace

Jo Arne Lindstad, Global Engagement Director Smart Sustainable Cities, Ericsson

Ruth Woods, Post doc, Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities, NTNU (NO)

Isak Stoddard, Climate Researcher, Uppsala University

Stefan Myhrberg, Global Head of ITS Road, Ericsson

The workshop will be facilitated by:

Hannes Sjöblad, Chief Disruption officer, Epicenter

David Ershammar, Process consultant, Omtänk

Tomer Shalit, Agile coach, MapLauncher Sweden AB

The workshop will be facilitated by:


Hannes Sjöblad, Chief Disruption officer, Epicenter

David Ershammar, Process consultant, Omtänk

Tomer Shalit, Agile coach, Crisp

Photo: The volume of one day of global CO2 emissions projected on New York City.


The Global Carbon Law, first explained in an article in Science March 2018, is a “Moore’s Law for climate”. It points out a roadmap for halving greenhouse gas emissions every decade from 2020, with the target of arriving at net zero emission by 2050. This global roadmap can be translated as a rule of thumb to countries, cities, companies and citizens. For this workshop, we are particularly interested in the role of cities and the ICT sector as key actors, disruptors and catalysts of change.

In order to allow poorer parts of the world to develop, those with more means should follow trajectories that are faster than the Global Carbon Law. This means that very rapid transformations need to happen in cities and countries that are well-off. We now have an extraordinary opportunity to harness the power of the 4th Industrial Revolution and exponential technologies to drive change. It needs to be intersected with societal change, strong policy and mindset shifts, for mutual enhancement, directed towards the goal of decreased emissions.

Photo: The volume of one day of global CO2 emissions projected on New York City.


Mobility and logistics

Exponential solutions for people and goods in the urban space including smart commuting, telepresence and the promise and curse of self-driving cars.


Fast solutions for a slow-moving sector, such as shared spaces and sensor-controlled ventilation.

Integrated and complex systems

Integrated and complex systems. Smart grids, buildings communicating with power and heat networks, open city data, etc. Bridging across the two sectors above.

Spanning across these are the questions of cities as key actors of change, the need for open source and open data, and transformative aspects of policy and societal tipping points.

We will approach these themes and map out opportunities with a method based on Agile transformations where creating an overview, seeing a full picture and mapping the space of opportunities and key actions is central. Participants will play an active role in laying this puzzle.

Join the workshop

This is an event that will bring together a wide range of expertise at the interface of science, innovation and policies of exponential climate action in cities. They include but are not limited to:

  • City authorities
  • Entrepreneurs of technologies and/or social innovations for climate mitigation
  • ICT, AI, IoT, and Telecom companies
  • Researchers in exponential technologies related to climate solutions and sustainability
  • Researchers in sustainability transformations particularly from sociology, anthropology and political sciences

Are you interested in coming to this workshop? It’s free of charge and we supply lunches and coffee. We appreciate that participants stay for both days. Sign up at bit.ly/x-cac using the code X-CAC-467*98.



12th April

Opening session (main room)

8:30 Morning reception, mingle

9:00 Welcome and introductions

9:05 The Exponential Roadmap, Owen Gaffney & Johan Falk (Future Earth)

9:15 Quick talks: Examples from leading businesses and cities, day 1 speakers

10:20 Coffee on the go

10:25 Connect in groups

10:45 Explaining methodology for interactive sessions

Inspiration session (main room)

11:00 Keynote speakers

12:10 LUNCH

Interactive session 1 (group rooms)

13:00 Exploring opportunities

15:00 Coffee

Interactive session 2 (group rooms)

15:20 Group session, quantify and qualify solutions


Closing session (main room)

16:20 Key insights from groups, wrapping up

16:40 End

17:00 Participants have left the premise

13th April

Tour: Ericsson studio (Gather at Grönlandsgången 4, Kista)

8:50 Tours in groups through Ericsson showcase studio

Interactive session 3 (main room)

10:10 Coffee

10:20 Exhibition of solutions in main hall

Transformation session (main room)

10:55 Talks: Rapid transformations of cities, digital systems and society

11:55 Plenary talk: City Indicators, international insights (Pernilla Bergmark, Master Researcher, Ericsson) 

12:05 Talk and video: AR and Minecraft for a city design project in Johannesburg (Marcus Nyberg, Senior Researcher, Ericsson)

12:15 LUNCH

Interactive session 4 (group rooms)

13:00 Group session 

14:00 Flexible coffee break

Ending session (main room)

14:30 Teams presenting in main hall

15:20 Retrospective, sum up and closure

16:00 End

17:00 Participants have left the premise


Ericsson in Stockholm

The address of the main venue is Torshamnsgatan 21, Kista, Stockholm, Sweden

On the second day (13th) we gather at Ericsson studio for a tour, the address is Grönlandsgången 4, Kista. This is for about an hour, all other time is spent in the main venue.

Kista is a major tech zone in Stockholm, located less than 20 minutes from central Stockholm by metro or train.


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Other partners:

Contact Us

Contact us through workshop@futureearth.org.