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Helsinki 18.4.2023

Decarbonized Cities Launch Event

Time: Tuesday April 18th, 2023 at 8.45-16.30

Venue: Sokos Hotel Presidentti, Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 4, Helsinki


The event will be recorded, but not livestreamed. 

Registration for the event has ended. 

Further information

Outi Suomi
Head of Decarbonized Cities Program
outi.suomi (at)
+358 50 572 7530


Emilia Hyvätti
Program Coordinator
emilia.hyvatti (at)
+358 50 434 9687

Welcome to the launch event of Decarbonized Cities program! The launch event will be held in Helsinki, Finland on Tuesday 18th April, 2023.

At the launch event we will explore the ambitious carbon neutrality challenges within city landscapes and related needs in Finland and internationally. Examples of pioneering solutions from Finland to increase Finland’s carbon handprint will be presented on stage. We aim to strengthen Finland’s pioneering role in carbon neutrality. The program services in order to support Finnish systemic innovations and scalable business, will be introduced at the end of the event. The day will close with a networking plaza where you have the opportunity to meet with cities and companies. More details on the networking session will follow closer to the event.

The vision of the Decarbonized Cities program for 2023–2028 is that by 2030, globally 10 cities have significantly cut their CO2 emissions. Program accelerates significant CO2 cuts for selected partner cities, which have the world’s most ambitious decarbonization targets. The challenges of the cities are tackled with the support of pioneering integrated system solutions from Finland in the fields of energy, built environment and mobility revolutionized by digitalization. Cities in Finland and abroad can have a role as testing and reference platforms, and long-term relationships will be established with cities across the world. 


8.45 Registration and coffee

9.30 Opening words from Business Finland
Ms. Nina Kopola, Director General, Business Finland

Greetings from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
Mr. Mika Lintilä, Minister of Economic Affairs

Online keynote speech: EU Mission 100 Climate-neutral and smart cities
Mr. Patrick Child, Cities Mission Manager and Deputy Director General for Environment, European Commission

Finnish cities climate-neutral by 2030
Turku: Mr. Risto Veivo, Climate Director
Tampere: Mr. Teppo Rantanen, Executive Director of Growth, Innovation and Competitiveness

Possibilities for global co-operation
Madrid: Mr. Jose Luis Moreno Casas, Director of the Office for Madrid Nuevo Norte, Madrid Regional Government
Los Angeles: Ms. Christine Peterson, Director of International Trade and Investment, Mayor's Office Los Angeles

Highlight from Finnish companies
Vibeco: Mr. Veikka Pirhonen, CEO

11.30 Lunch

12.30 Keynote: KONE and the Flow of Urban Life concept
Mr. Jussi Herlin, Vice Chair of the Board

Highlights from Finnish companies
ABB: Mr. Simo Säynevirta, Head of Green Electrification Ecosystem
Liikennevirta: Mr. Eemil Rauma, Head of Government relations and partnerships
Sitowise: Ms. Minttu Vilander, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer and Mr. Sami Lankiniemi, Head of Innovation

Climate neutral Helsinki - how the actions change the playing field of built environment
Ms. Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor for Urban Environment

Thematic comments from the fields of mobility, energy and built environment
ITS Finland ry: Mr. Marko Forsblom, CEO
SRV: Ms. Miimu Airaksinen, Senior Vice President, Development
LUT University: Mr. Jero Ahola, Professor, Energy efficiency

13.45 Vision for the Zero Carbon Future
Ms. Helena Saren, Head of Zero Carbon Future Mission, Business Finland

Future Smart Cities
Mr. Mika Klemettinen, Head of Innovation, Business Finland

Decarbonized Cities program services & activities
Ms. Outi Suomi, Head of Decarbonized Cities, Business Finland

14.15 Coffee and refreshments

14.30-16.30 Networking plaza
Participants registered to the event will have the opportunity to reserve short time slots for discussion with cities, research organizations and companies. There will also be organizations without the need of pre-booked meetings.

The event will be hosted by Mervi Kallio.

The agenda above is subject to minor changes.