The 11th biannual Low-Carbon Development World Forum will be held in Turku, Finland from the 5th to the 7th of October, 2016. 

See the June newsletter for the full forum agenda 

Titled Business ecosystems in a low-carbon economy, the forum will cover themes such as:

New Concepts in Urban Energy

The Paris Climate Agreement reached at COP21 laid the foundation for a new push towards lowering carbon emissions with a particular focus on market-driven and cooperative approaches. This will support both technology and service innovations as well as the system level transformations necessary to realize true low-carbon energy production.

Orchestrated Wellbeing and Health and Big Data 

As one of the world’s most cost-efficient and high-performing healthcare systems, Finland’s welfare system can serve as a source of comprehensive solutions for nations seeking to develop their own. In the Orchestrated Wellbeing and Health initiative, the Synocus Group and healthcare technology forerunners are developing a framework for leveraging this knowledge and benefit from the potential provided by Big Data.

One Belt, One Road; leveraging the sustainability impact

President Xi’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ is seen as a possible game changer for China, which could open up new opportunities for European businesses as well. The World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities is well positioned to support this development. In this session we will discuss combining the objectives of the One Belt, Once Road initiative and the sustainability ambitions of WALCC.

Circular Economy; how SMEs can access global markets

Exceeding beyond mere efficient use or recycling of materials, the circular economy represents a radical re-envisioning of existing economic models. This change concerns all elements of production and consumption and, consequently, calls for the participation and commitment of the world’s companies, regulators, and researchers.

Smart City Experiences, what we can learn from each other

Today’s cities build on the growing ubiquity of advanced, smart technology in all areas as they develop initiatives aimed at establishing functioning smart cities. The new generation of smart cities builds on the examples set by a group of pioneering smart cities whose experiences have paved the way for them.

Battery Technologies and Mobility Transition

The growing significance of storage technologies in energy networks joins the battery industries’ crucial role in the electrification of the automotive industry, making the field of battery technology an important area in creating the sustainable solutions of tomorrow. This may also revolutionize prevailing concepts of private and public transportation and foster a perception of transportation as a unified network of mobility resources.


  • Forum attendees in need of accommodation during the forum (October 4-6) are eligible for a discounted rate at the Original Sokos Hotel Hamburger Börs (Kauppiaskatu 6 20100, Turku). A limited number of single or twin rooms are available at the rate of €105 / night (single) or €115 / night (twin). This rate includes a complimentary breakfast and use of the hotel’s sauna facilities.

    To gain this rate mention booking code WALCC when booking. All reservations must be made before September 14th.

    Phone: 020-1234 600 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Download the June newsletter and stay tuned to this page or follow us on Twitter @walccorg for up-to-date information and details on how you can join us in Turku.

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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.