Conference “Modern Eco-Cities”

Date & time: 15 September 2011 at 10:30-19:00
Venue: Estonian University of Life Sciences, Kreutzwaldi 1a, Tartu, Estonia
Language: Estonian and English, translation available
Rene Tõnisson, Tartu Science Park; Martin Kikas, Tartu Regional Energy Agency

10:00 – 10:30 Registration

10:30 – 11:00 Opening Session

Welcome address:

  • Mait Klaassen, Rector of the Estonian University of Life Sciences

Opening statements:

  • H.E. Mr. Aleksi Härkönen, Ambassador of Finland, the Presiding Country of the Nordic Council of Ministers 2011
  • Urmas Kruuse, Mayor of Tartu City
  • Berth Sundström, Director of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Estonia

11:00 – 12:40 City Planning and Building: Session I

  • Innovation as a driver for green growth
    Ivar H. Kristensen, Managing Director, Nordic Innovation (Norway)
  • Modern Eco-Cities Developing the Baltic Sea Region: Example of Tampere
    Elli Kotakorpi, Project Specialist, Tampere ECO2 Programme (Finland)
  • Green Environment and Green Communication in Tartu
    Piret Jaani or Liina Joller, Researchers, University of Tartu (Estonia)
  • Sustainable planning – in whose interests?
    Kati Orru, Researcher, Estonian University of Life Sciences (Estonia)

12:40 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:00 City Planning and Building: Session II

  • Creativity in City Planning
    Marco Steinberg, Director of Strategic Design, Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra (Finland)
  • Universal Design in City Environments
    Kristiina Sipelgas, Estonian Centre of Architecture (Estonia)
  • Green Building Assessment
    Lauri Lihtmaa, Researcher, Estonian University of Life Sciences (Estonia)
  • Green Building as a Challenge for Entrepreneurs and Architects
    Rene Valner, Architect (Estonia)

15:00 – 15:20 Break

15:20 – 17:15 Green Transport

  • Green Transport and Biogas Projects in City Environment: Example of Tartu
    Jaanus Tamm, Project Leader of Traffic Service, City of Tartu (Estonia)
  • Clean Vehicles and Fuels: Experiences from Stockholm
    Eva Sunnerstedt, Project Manager of Clean Vehicles and Fuels Programme, City of Stockholm (Sweden)
  • EVs in the real world
    Henrik Isaksen, Chairman of the Board, ChoosEV Ltd (Denmark)
  • The Estonian EV programme ELMO
    Mirja Adler, Head of the Housing Division, KredEx (Estonia)
  • Nissan approach to ZERO-emission future
    Jarkko Ahlbom, EV Project Manager, Nissan Nordic Europe OY (Finland)

17:15 – 17:30 Conclusions by the Moderators

17:30 – 19:00 Cocktails