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WALCC Forum 2022

Driving Resilient Decarbonization

 The 10th Anniversary Forum of the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities

May 10th – 11th 2022

Sibelius Hall, Lahti

Join us in shaping a climate-neutral, resilient Europe!

When the European Union launched its 100 Climate Neutral and Smart Cities mission on November 25th, 2021, it did not foresee the drastic changes that would take hold of the world in the first months of the new year. Nonetheless, the objectives outlined remain equally relevant and urgent today. With 377 European cities expressing their interest in joining the group of pioneering European cities leading urban decarbonization, it is a great honor for Finland that six Finnish cities qualified to join this distinguished group: Espoo, Helsinki, Lahti, Lappeenranta, Tampere, and Turku. The WALCC is pleased to have all six of these cities represented in our program at the Forum in Lahti.

To drive resilient decarbonization we must be able to adapt while also making decisions in the context of the unfolding new landscape, which will only gradually become clear to us. In such situations, we must decide whom we can trust and how we can work with our trusted partners to secure the best possible future. The notion of resilience means that we must also consider our role as part of the comprehensive security system of Europe. This system must be built on trust. Finland as a role model of trust has here an important role to play.

This new geopolitical context frames the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities’ annual Forum. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has sown uncertainty and tension throughout the world which has far-reaching impacts. This has also influenced the Forum’s program. Driving decarbonization must now be accompanied by securing resilience.



We are pleased to welcome our partners, stakeholders, and new faces to Lahti this spring for a long-overdue opportunity to gather in person and engage in discussion and cooperation in the dynamic environment offered by the WALCC Forum. From the public sector we welcome EU and national government officials as well as city leadership. From the private sector, we are pleased to welcome, in addition to our key partners, speakers from leading companies promoting decarbonization.


This Forum also revives a tradition of engaging academia through not only the institutions and leading professors but also students. The Forum will see the participation of professors and students from leading Finnish universities. Students from these institutions will shape and take part in discussions with leading experts from the worlds of business and governance to bring fresh perspectives on our shared future.

Those interested in contributing to the Forum can contact Jussi Hulkkonen:


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WALCC Forum Registration

Registration for the Forum is open now!

Two-day passes to the Forum are available for €250 (+VAT) through April 9th, 2022
so get your ticket soon!

Forum program

To find out more about each session and the panelists, you can click on the session in this program table


Tuesday 10.5.

Wednesday 11.5.

Registration and Coffee
Welcome and program review
Welcome and opening words
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9:05 – 10:05
Cities driving both decarbonization and resilience
Panel discussion
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The World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities and the new order
Panel discussion
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Coffee break
Companies supporting urban resilience
Panel discussion
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Corporations pioneering resilient decarbonization
panel discussion
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WALCC as catalyst towards global decarbonization
hybrid concluding discussion
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Challenges facing the European energy landscape
Panel discussion
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Coffee break
15:00 – 16:00
Cities in a dynamically evolving European context
panel discussion
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Co-creating the future of the WALCC
Interactive discussion
Reception sponsored by the City of Lahti


there might be changes to this program, we will keep it up to date here


Lahti, Location and Hotels


Lahti is the leading green city in Finland and a leader of environmental work: Lahti has already abandoned the use of coal and will become a carbon-neutral city by 2025 as the first major city in Finland.

Sibelius Hall

Sibelius Hall is located by the beautiful Lake Vesijärvi. Sibelius Hall is a congress- and concert center that offers diverse services for both consumers and companies.

Hotel information:

For those seeking accommodation for the duration of the Forum, we recommend the following three hotels near the center of Lahti. Use the dedicated reservation codes listed next to each hotel when making your individual booking.

GreenStar Hotel Lahti

Single (€84/night) and Double (€93/night) rooms available – Booking code WALCC (book before April 25th)

Scandic Lahti City

Single (€102/night) and double (€122/night) rooms available – Booking code 47961532 (book before April 8th)

Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone

Single (from €141/night) and double (from €161/night) available – Booking code WALCC (book before April 9th)

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Pass: WALCC2022