Towards Low Carbon Cities

Finlandia Hall, Helsinki 21.5.2018 11.00 - 17.00

How can carbon reduction be implemented in cities and urban districts?

Climate change mitigation is on one hand a necessity for keeping the planet livable but on the other hand it can offer important business possibilities.

European project Moder aims at reducing carbon emissions at district level profitably. The project develops tools, processes, delivery models and business possibilities for refurbishment at district level. The project’s outcome will help the key stakeholders, decision makers and urban designers – building owners, energy companies, municipalities, consultants and other interested parties – to find out ways and means for recognition of the most profitable actions and how to realise them in a district level project. More information about Moder project here.

The Event provides a great venue to innovate, network and discuss about the main topics of the field: carbon reduction and cities for the future. In addition the event will offer insights about the Moder project highlights – results and implementations.



Satu Lähteenoja, Head of Resource Smart Economy, Demos Helsinki

Carbon free city: CASE Lahti
Saara Vauramo, Environmental Director, City of Lahti

KEYNOTE: Zero Emission Neighbourhoods – Possibilities and Challenges
Professor Arild Gustavsen, Centre for Zero Emission Neighbourhoods, NTNU, Norway

* The concept of zero emission buildings (ZEBs), with examples
* Zero emission neighbourhoods (ZENs) – From definition to real projects
* Possibilities and challenges in realizing real pilot projects

Moder project highlights – results and implementations

CASE Suonenjoki: City Information Models for city development
Mr. Jyri Nieminen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Sweco Finland
* City information Model CIM for building performance and building and city energy system information
* Visualisation platform for decision-making
* App for energy simulation, pollution dispersion simulation, wind comfort studies, urban flooding etc.

Tools and methods for carbon reduction
Mr. Sebastian Thiem, Engineer, Siemens
* Optimisation of energy production systems
* Distributed renewable energy systems as a part of city’s energy system
* Example: reduction of emissions from energy use

Solar architecture in the urban context
Mr. Dieter Moor, CEO, Ertex Solartechnik GmbH, Austria
* Solar energy in a city: How to make it art
* Applications around the world
* Profitability of solar energy

Business models for district development
Dr. Tarja Häkkinen, Senior principal research scientist, VTT
* Market insights on district refurbishment
* Is district refurbishment possible?

Comment: Green Building Council Finland
* What is a sustainable district?
* Processes for sustainable planning of districts

Coffee and refreshments

Cities for the future
Professor Peter Lund, Aalto University
* Cities as problem and solution to the climate quest
* Pathway to climate leadership
* Effects from the energy-climate transition to cities and citizens
* Key actions needed

OPEN PANEL: Challenges for the cities – Driving toward the change!
Prof. Peter Lund, Aalto University
Dr. Miimu Airaksinen, CEO and Managing Director, RIL ry
Prof. Arild Gustavsen, NTNU, Norway
Mr. Jouni Kivirinne, Manager, Business development

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Tihana Biga-Laatikainen
Event Coordinator
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