See updated information on the forum's slate of thematically focused mini-workshops


The 7th Low Carbon City Development World Forum will be held in October 2014 in Tampere, Finland.

This autumn's forum is titled the Systemic Transitions Towards a Low-Carbon Society and will feature two days of presentations and plenary discussion sessions followed by a third day of site visits organized by the City of Tampere. These visits offer participants an opportunity to see first-hand the interesting development underway in the region. 

The forum will focus on six themes relevant to the transition towards a low-carbon society:

  • Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Development (SASUI)
  • Smart mobility
  • Revamping urban districts
  • Industrial symbiosis
  • Built environment and Internet of Things
  • Green hospitals

For information on this autumn's forum please also see the latest agenda.

To register for the event, click here.


Forum Highlights

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.  

  • Catalyze business opportunities for international players in Finland and internationally
  • 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
  • Network with renowned business figures, thought leaders, and decision makers
  • Visits to some of Tampere's leading low-carbon development related sites

Forum Agenda

Venue: Tampere Hall, Tampere

October 7, 2014 


Opening address


  • Ms. Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, City Mayor of Tampere
  • Mr. YU, Qingtai, Ambassador, Embassy of the PRC in Finland
  • Mr. Esa Halme, Mayor of the Region of Pirkanmaa
  • Prof. KANG, Feiyu, Dean, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, Chairman, WALCC


How to turn Finnish cleantech expertise into international business

Ms. Päivi Leiwo, Chairperson, Oilon


Tampere’s method for supporting city-company collaboration

Mr. Kari Kankaala, Director, Urban and Economic Development, City of Tampere




Smarter buildings, greener lifestyle

Ms. Hanna Uusitalo, Environmental Director, KONE


Smart integration; a pillar of the smart city

Mr. Pierre Tabary, Vice President, Smart Cities, Schneider-Electric 




Nearly zero energy building renovation, the EU-GUGLE project

Mr. Florencio Manteca González, Director, CENER

13.20 - 13.40

Biofuels and low-carbon transportation

Prof. LI, Shizhong, Tsinghua University, China

13.40 - 14.00

CO2 reduction with flexible gas power plants and combined heat and power (CHP)

Mr. Kenneth Engblom, Marketing Director, Power Plants, Wärtsilä


Parallel sessions; mini-workshops (including coffee break)

  • Revamping urban districts
  • Smart mobility

Energy storage – new advancements for distributed energy production

Mr. Robert Galyen, President, Global Business Development, Amperex Technology Limited


Contribution of carbon materials for developing a low-carbon city

YANG, Kap Seung, Chonnam National University, South Korea 


Status update on the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities

Professor KANG, Feiyu, Chairman, Mr. Johan Wallin, Vice-Chairman


World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities; annual general meeting


Dinner; hosted by City of Tampere, The Old City Hall


October 8, 2014 


Systemic changes for cleantech transformation

Mr. Jouko Suokas, Executive Vice President, VTT


Parallel sessions; mini-workshops (including coffee break)

  • Built environment and Internet of Things
  • Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation



Plenary discussion related to parallel sessions


Communication in public – private – people partnerships

Professor Raine Mäntysalo, Aalto University




Role of ICT when building a smart city in Shenzhen

Prof. KANG, Feiyu, Dean, Graduate School at Shenzhen, Tsinghua University, China


Chinese business goes green

Mr. ZENG Renwei, Bosum Association



Green hospitals




Plenary discussion related to parallel sessions


Concluding remarks

KANG, Feiyu & Johan Wallin


October 9, 2014 

For foreign participants: Visits to various sites organized by the City of Tampere


Download a PDF copy of the latest agenda here

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 coming year, we are pleased to invite your organization to participate in the Low-Carbon City Development World Forum.

Registration and Fees

Normal registration (September - October, 2014)

  • Two days: 700 Euro
  • One day: 400 Euro

Group discount, over 10 people from same group: - 15 %
To inquire about member rates, please contact the Alliance

To register for the event, click here.


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Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.