On Tuesday and Wednesday last week (25th & 26th September, 2012) Espoo’s Dipoli Congress Center became the center of an engaging and wide-ranging discussion about the future of low-carbon development and the role which it will play in public policy and business in coming years. The Low-Carbon City Development World Forum, marking its third bi-annual gathering, hosted a group of world-leading researchers, politicians, and business leaders as they gathered together to offer their unique perspectives on the future of this industry.

This bi-annual forum was hosted in Espoo by the Synocus Group who, together with China’s Tsinghua University, is one of the founders of an international network of leaders in the worlds of policy, business, and research, the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC), which seeks to advance the development of low-carbon solutions and their integration into the lives of people all over the world.

This third forum featured speakers representing all three of the WALCC’s core groups: Government, Research, and Corporate. Among these speeches were those from policy makers representing various levels of government; leading this group were Finland’s Minister of Economic Affairs Jyri Häkämies and China’s ambassador to Finland Huang Xing. Given the WALCC’s concerted focus on including government and policy making, both the national as well as the municipal and city levels, entities in the development of these solutions, the forum also featured speakers such as Espoo’s mayor Jukka Mäkelä, as well as key decision makers from the Swedish Region Skåne and Shenzhen, China, to provide this crucial connection to practical policy making decisions.

Alongside these policy and government leaders, the forum also included speeches from leading researchers in the field of low-carbon development from a number of universities and institutions from around the world. The contributions of these researchers reflected the strong emphasis on the undertaking of practical research and development programs which is at the core of the WALCC’s principles. Providing the decisive next step to implementing the new technologies developed through the Alliance’s research, the forum also included addresses from a number of innovative businesses involved in the global low-carbon industry, including representatives from Valmet Automotive, Wärtsilä, and Outotec, among several others.

A full list of all the speakers is available on the WALCC’s latest newsletter along with the LCCDWF’s agenda. The agenda printed in the newsletter was final with the exception of Mr. LUO Jiangang, the founder of the US-China Cleantech Forum, who was unfortunately unable to attend the forum.

Check back here for more coverage of the forum, including photos and further reflections on these engaging and informative couple days! 

Group photo of all gathered attendees on prior to the opening addresses at the 3rd Low-Carbon City Development World Forum

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