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Accelerating Co-Learning

Driving Decarbonization:
Accelerating Co-Learning

WALCC workshop
Old Student House (Vanha), Helsinki
November 22nd, 2022 (9:00-17:00)

Driving Decarbonization: Accelerating co-learning

November 22nd, 2022 – Old Student House (Vanha) Helsinki


In May 2022, the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities brought together a diverse group of speakers and experts to celebrate its 10th Anniversary with a Forum filled with insightful discussions on how to integrate decarbonization and resilience.

The discussions during the WALCC Forum paved the way for a more in-depth dialogue around the concrete projects which have been carried out in the spring and summer. Building on the strong support expressed by attendees for intensifying the efforts by the WALCC to drive these discussions, we now welcome you to join us in November for the next joint event.

The need for co-learning is ever more relevant now, even more so than we could have foreseen when settling on this theme in May. The “Driving Decarbonization: Accelerating Co-Learning” workshop will create opportunities for the exchange of opinions through concrete efforts mobilized by WALCC members and partner organizations.

See our latest newsletter for an introduction to the event.


09:00-09:30Welcome and Introduction
Jyrki Alkio, Chief Specialist at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland
Mikko Kosonen, Chair, Aalto University

What means do we have to change urban mobility?
Case Lahti – 15min. introduction by
Elina Ojala, Environmental Director, City of Lahti
Mikko Veikkolainen, CTO, Kempower
45min. small-group discussions

Coffee break

How can cities orchestrate their own ecosystems?
Case Vaasa – 15min. introduction by
Tomas Häyry, Mayor, City of Vaasa
Petri Helo, Professor, University of Vaasa, Chair of the board, Wapice
45min. small-group discussions

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Why is public-private collaboration now more important than ever?
Panel discussion with WALCC Board members & discussion
with the audience
Chair Pasi Mikkonen, Vice President, Investments, Fortum
Vice-Chair Peter Lindgren, Vice President, Drives, ABB
Toni Tuomola, District Manager, Skanska Finland
Elina Ojala, Environmental Director, City of Lahti
Pekka Sundman, Director of Regional Cooperation, City of Turku

13:30-14:30 Collaboration in urban planning
Case Tampere – 15min. introduction by
Markus Laine, Senior lecturer, TUNI
Toni Tuomola, District Manager, Skanska Finland
45min. small-group discussions

What does the changing energy landscape mean for cities?
Case Espoo – 15min. introduction by
Elina Wanne, Development Manager sustainable development – energy, the City of Espoo
Mikko Blomqvist, Development Manager, Fortum
45min. small-group discussions

15:30-16:00Coffee break

Transcending public-private collaboration aiming for Viability Advantage
Mikko Kosonen, Chair, Aalto Yliopisto

16:30-17:00What next? Concluding discussion on accelerating co-learning in decarbonization
Johan Wallin, Honorary Chair, WALCC
Markku Markkula, Chair of the Board, Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council

Confirmed Speakers

Mikko Kosonen

Mikko Kosonen

Chairman of the Board, Aalto University

Mikko Kosonen has been elected to the board of Aalto University in 2015, Mikko Kosonen has served as President of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund, from 2008 to 2019. Before that, he served in different positions at Nokia, for example as senior vice president of strategy and as a senior advisor. He received his doctoral degree from the Helsinki School of Economics and has written several books on strategy.

Elina Ojala

Elina Ojala

Environmental Director, City of Lahti

Elina Ojala is the Environmental director of the city of Lahti, the European Green Capital 2021. In Lahti has also an ambitious climate-neutrality target for year 2025, which is 10 years ahead of  Finland’s national target. Elina’s team is coordinating the measures to meet the climate-neutrality target and the team is also in charge of the city’s environmental policy as a whole. Elina holds a degree of Master of Science (Tech.) in environmental engineering and has specialized in water resources management.

Kari Lahti

Kari Lahti

General Manager, Fortum eNext

Kari Lahti has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector, from optimizing power plant operations and providing solutions for emission reduction, to developing solutions for decarbonizing energy systems. He holds a M.Sc. Degree in Power Plant Engineering.

Toni Tuomola

Toni Tuomola

District Manager, Skanska Finland

As the District Manager Toni Tuomola is responsible for residential and urban area development for Tampere and Jyväskylä. He supervised the design and construction of projects in Härmälänranta, Luminary and Ranta-Tampella, driving future-proof, sustainable development for highly livable urban environments. Skanska is a value driven company and supports health, well-being and promotes green solutions and runs operations in a green way. Tuomola has led several sustainable studies and projects.

Pasi Mikkonen

Pasi Mikkonen

Vice President, Investments, Fortum

Alongside his role as Vice President of Investments at Fortum, Mikkonen has served as the Chairman of the Alliance’s Board since 2019.

Peter Lindgren

Peter Lindgren

Vice President, System Drives, ABB

Vice President in the System Drives division at ABB, Lindgren also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Alliance’s Board, a position to which he was appointed in 2020.