Foresight Session
Strategies and Best Cluster Practices for Transition to a Circular Economy for Sustainable Urban Development


In a circular economy, the implementation of global and regional strategies for sustainable development such as the 2030 Agenda and the Baltic 2030 Action Plan, Russia’s Environmental Security Strategy until 2025 and St. Petersburg Socio-Economic Development Strategy until 2035 is in the common interest of all countries.
Participants of the foresight session will be able to present their views on the challenges of the circular economy that is aimed at improving the quality of people’s life and preserve natural resources of our planet.
This transition means greater investment in circular business models, the development and implementation of renewable energy and clean technology, and also significant changes in the legal framework.
Best practices and ongoing international cooperation projects involving St. Petersburg will serve as an example for the Forum participants in developing roadmaps for implementing national projects, as well as in developing their own strategies to accelerate sustainable urban development based on the transition to the circular economy.
Topics to be discussed:
1. How to attract investment in green infrastructure and cleantech cluster projects: renewable energy, clean water, clean air, green transportation, organic farming, and food production?
2. Which cities and countries are leaders in the circular economy and sustainable development? Success cases and best practices.
3. How do best practices of international cleantech cluster projects influence the implementation of national projects?
4. What benefits does Russia get from international cooperation projects with the countries in the Baltic Sea Region, Northern Europe and the EU?

Organizers: International Consortium “Saint-Petersburg Cleantech Cluster for Urban Environment”, St. Petersburg Government, Council of the Baltic Sea States, ICSER Leontief Centre, BALTIC CLEANTECH ALLIANCE

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Lahtvee Valdur, Council of the Baltic Sea States. Policy Officer

Why Circular Economy?

Shadrin Artem, The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. Director of the Department of Strategic Development and Innovations

Pontynen Riitta, University of Turku. Senior Project Manager

CSHIPP – Clean Shipping Project Platform

Mikkola Minna, University of Helsinki, Ruralia Institute. Senior Researcher

StratKIT project: a Baltic Sea Region sustainability approach in public procurement and catering services

Jantunen Terhi, City of Lappeenranta. Advisor, development services

Ottosen Ragnar, International Consortium "Saint-Petersburg Cleantech Cluster for Urban Environment". Member of Board of Directors of international consortium "Saint-Petersburg Cleantech Cluster for urban environment", Chairman of the board GREEN ENERGY ONE AS (Norway), Chairman of the Supervisory Board “First Saint-Petersburg Energy Service Company” LLC

Funding of green projects

Furu Gunnar Olav, Municipality of Sunndal. Planning Advisor

From fossil fuels to wind energy – a challenge in Norway

Debien Christophe, Organisation for Climate and Circular Economy. Executive Chairman

Lomagina Evdokia, International Consortium "Saint-Petersburg Cleantech Cluster for Urban Environment". Marketing director “TYREMAN GROUP” LLC

Baltic Industrial Symbiosis

Prummel Joan Diederik, Ministry of Infrastucture and the Environment. Strategic Advisor Circular Economy

Makino Hiroshi, SAMI LLC. Co-Founder and CEO (also Member of Board of Directors of ”Saint-Petersburg Cleantech Cluster for urban environment”)

Bozhko Larissa, Rudny Industrial Institute. Vice-rector

Assessment of cluster potential in the Republic of Kazakhstan

Baranov Sergey, St. Petersburg Technopark OJSC. Consultant of projects of Ingria business incubator, St. Petersburg Technopark; Member of a Board and Chairman of small and medium enterprises working group of St.Peterburg Cleantech Cluster

What are we Doing for Sustainable Development

Albi Marina, Line Service. Entrepreneur, Teacher at Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia

Practical experience: Cafe Botanica


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