Global Cleantech Summit begins in Helsinki in a week

Press release 2015-09-02 at 9:18

Press release of the Ministry of Employment and the Economy and the Ministry of the Environment

The Global Cleantech Summit 2015 will be held in Helsinki at Kalastajatorppa and Finlandia Hall 8.–10.9.2015. It will offer points of view, corporate contacts, and a possibility for dialogue on global solutions and on success stories in the field of technology, which are the key to sustainable growth in the future. A total of 500 participants from around the world are expected at the conference.

The conference is intended for corporate executives, political decision-makers, investors, researchers, the media, and other stakeholders. The event is organised by the Cleantech Strategic Programme in Finland, in collaboration with front-line players in Finnish cleantech.

The slogan of the summit, “Doing. Not just talking. Business.” comes from an on-line questionnaire taken in the summer, in which respondents indicated that there has been enough endless planning, and that now is the time for concrete steps. A large portion of the solutions required for global progress have already been invented. All that is needed is that they should be utilised.  Enabling new solutions also requires sufficient uniform principles of action in different parts of the world.

The summit will be launched on Tuesday, 8 September with a strategy day which will be open to the public. Finland's Minister of Economic Affairs Olli Rehn will open the summit. The featured speakers are Professor Anil K. Gupta of the University of Maryland, Hashim Yamani, Director General of K.A.Care (King Abdullah City of Atomic and Renewable Energy) in Saudi-Arabia and Achim Steiner, Director of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

In the afternoon, there will be presentations from ministers from different countries, including Iran's Vice President Masoumeh Ebtekar, who will speak on how Iran is responding to the climate challenge. Also taking part in the panel discussions of the day are Finland's Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen, and Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Lenita Toivakka.  Also taking part are ministers from the United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kenya, Lithuania, and Saudi Arabia. Taking part in the strategy day will be 250 influential figures, corporate directors, and researchers from about 25 different countries.

The part of the conference that is open to the public on 9-10 September will feature presentations from top experts in the cleantech field. The first day of this will focus on cleantech business. Under examination during the day will be the global revolution and division of work in industry, key technologies, and smart transport solutions of the future. There will also be a review of cleantech success stories. About 20 companies will still have a possibility to briefly introduce themselves at the Speakers' Corner forum in the Pecha Kucha style (20 slides - 20 seconds each)!

On the third day of the conference, 10 September, the focus will be on cleantech innovation in the production of minerals, on listening to ideas on mines of the future, integrated material chains and industrial symbiosis, as well as the role of metals in a circular economy. Also on the agenda will be special questions related to the production of minerals in the Arctic and Barents regions.

Alternatively, the conference guests will have the opportunity on 10 September to take part in Smart Visits industrial visits to see examples of how clean technologies are applied in Finnish society. The visits have sparked very much interest.

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Registration for the conference:

Further information

Strategic Director Kaisu Annala, Ministry of Employment and the Economy, tel. +358 50 383 6109,

Director General, International Affairs Ismo Tiainen, Ministry of the Environment, tel. +358 295 250 294,