The Low Carbon City Development World Forum has established itself as a major international development platform for sustainability issues. This upcoming autumn, the Forum will join forces with the City of Malmö and Region Skåne, in Southern Sweden, to bring together low-carbon professionals from all over the world to strengthen commitment towards realizing Next-Generation Smart Cities.

Region Skåne and the City of Malmö, located in Southern Sweden, are prime movers in turning low-carbon principles into practice. Region Skåne, for example, has committed to making its entire vehicle fleet fossil-fuel free by 2020. Thus the region is an ideal place to conduct R&D, prototyping, and demonstration of innovations in the field of Smart Sustainable Cities.

The WALCC September conference will focus on the next steps in developing Smart Sustainable Cities. This process will be addressed through six themes representing areas which are actively being developed in the region. The host representatives are highly motivated to share and discuss their experiences with like-minded individuals from all over the world.


Forum Highlights

  • Catalyze business opportunities for international players in Sweden
  • Provide an opportunity for exchanging ideas and networking with key people such as policy makers and business leaders
  • Reflections from world class experts on the conference topics
  • Mingle with hundreds of renowned business figures, thought leaders, and decision makers
  • Visits to some of the most advanced low-carbon development sites in the world


The Low-Carbon City Development World Forum was initiated by the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC). The Alliance is a non-profit, international association, aimed at improving the international development of low-carbon cities and facilitating communication and cooperation. The three main objectives of the WALCC are: to serve as a learning platform for members, initiate and orchestrate international research projects for low-carbon development, and be a globally active promoter of low-carbon initiatives. The Forum features five tracks of low-carbon development: Urban Planning, Urban Transportation, Green Building, and Renewable Resources and Smart City.


Forum Agenda

Venue: Glasklart, Malmö

September 26th, 2013 


Registration and coffee


Opening address


  • Mr. Tony Clark, Senior Advisor in International Affairs to the Swedish Minister for the Environment
  • Mr. Thomas Lantz, Deputy Chairman, Region Skåne
  • Prof. ZHENG Yankang, Former Vice President, Tsinghua University
  • Mr. Milan Obradovic, Deputy Mayor, City of Malmö


The Global Cleantech Report - a snapshot of future global markets

Thomas G. Arentsen, Head of Energy Practice, Quartz + Co


Current status of Chinese Low-Carbon Policies

Prof. KANG Feiyu, Dean, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Chairman, World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities




Making Smart Cities a Reality – Breaking Down the Barriers

Mr. Charbel Aoun, Senior Vice President, Smart Cities, Schneider Electric


How Electrification Changes Public Transport

Dr. Edward Jobson, Environmental Director, Volvo Bus Corporation




Energy Storage and Smart Grids – Experiences from China

Mr. Robert Galyen, President of Business Development NA/EU, Amperex Technology Limited


People Flow Solutions for Sustainable Urban Environments

Mr. Luis Garcia, Chief Design Engineer, Eco-Efficiency, KONE Corporation


What We Can Offer Companies Coming to Skåne

Mr. Lennart Svensson, Director, Skåne Regional Council


MIT City Science – Opportunities for Nordic Collaboration

Dr. Kent Larson, Co-Director, MIT Media Lab

15.00-15.20 COFFEE BREAK

Making Sustainability Reality

Mr. Ilmar Reepalu, Former Mayor of Malmö, Member of the CoR and rapporteur on Smart Cities


Skåne as a Leading Research Region

Prof. Eva Engquist, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Malmö University


Practice and Innovation of Low-carbon Development in Shenzhen

Prof. WULAN Chafu, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University; Director, Shenzhen Low-Carbon Development Foundation; Ms. LIU Tingting, Secretary-general, Shenzhen Low-Carbon Development Foundation

17.00 World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities, annual general meeting
19.00 DINNER; hosted by Region Skåne, Venue: Scandic Triangeln


September 27th, 2013

Morning sessions

Parallel session A; Urban planning

Program chair:

Prof. Jan Annerstedt
UNESCO Chair, Copenhagen


Key note presentation: Systemic innovation in low-carbon cities


Presentations and discussion panels

Confirmed discussants:

  • Prof. Jan Annerstedt, UNESCO Chair, Copenhagen
  • Prof. Lars Bengtsson, Lund University
  • Prof. Raine Mäntysalo, Aalto University
  • Dr. Raine Hermans, Head of Strategic Programs, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation


Parallel session B; Urban transport

Program chair:

Mr. Gunnar Johansson
Transport Industry Leader, IBM Nordic, IBM


Key note presentation: Smart mobility


Presentations and discussion panels

Confirmed discussants:
  • Mr. Gunnar Johansson, Transport Industry Leader, IBM Nordic, IBM
  • Mr. Robert Galyen, Chief Technology Officer, Amperex Technology Limited
  • Mr. Matti Korkiakoski, EVE-program manager, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation
  • Mr. QIN Weiqi, General Manager, Shenzhen Calinks Science and Technology
  • Mr. Teemu Sihvola, CEO, Ajelo
  • Prof. Sten Wandel, Lund University
  • Dr. LV Wei, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University
  • Dr. ZHENG Xinwei, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University
  • Mr. Jukka Lintusaari, Executive in Residence, Smart Traffic Development at Tampere University and COO of ITS Factory


12.00-13.00 LUNCH


Afternoon sessions

Parallel session C; Green buildings
Program chair:

Ms. Therése Hindman Persson
Vice President, Professional Services and Execution Center, Schneider Electric

13.00-13.30 Key note presentation: Energy efficiency in buildings
13.30-16.00 Presentations and discussion panels
Confirmed discussants:
  • Ms. Therése Hindman Persson, Vice President, Professional Services and Execution Center, Schneider Electric
  • Mr, Luis Garcia, Chief Design Engineer, Energy and Eco-Efficiency, KONE Corporation
  • Mr. Wames LIN, Director, Suningting Opto-electronic Technologies


Parallel session D; Renewable resources
Program chair:

Mr. Håkan Rylander
CEO, Sysav

13.00-13.30 Key note presentation: Waste to energy
13.30-16.00 Presentations and discussion panels
Confirmed discussants:
  • Mr. Håkan Rylander, CEO, Sysav (Sydskånes Avfallsaktiebolag)
  • Mr. Thomas Karlsson, Managing Director, BMH Technology AB
  • Mr. Kim Olsson, CEO, NSR (Nordvästra Skånes Renhållnings AB)
  • Mr. Jonas Törnblom, Director Marketing and Communication, Envac Group


16.00-16.30 Plenary session; concluding remarks; KANG Feiyu & Johan Wallin
19.00 DINNER; hosted by City of Malmö

September 28, 2013 

Visits to various sites organized by the City of Malmö


The Low-Carbon City Development World Forum is the main platform for encouraging partnership and an ecosystem-approach in sustainable development. By bringing together leading experts from a variety of industries, localities, and backgrounds, all sharing a strong interest in driving the development of low-carbon cities, the Forum helps to realize the full potential of this vast international network of cities, companies and research institutes. As we face unprecedented opportunities and challenges in the year 2013, we are pleased to invite your organization to participate in the Low-Carbon City Development World Forum.

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