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DAY 1 – Thursday, July 1 – PLENARY SESSION

08:00 Registration and Morning Coffee

08:45 Opening words and Award Ceremony

09:15 Honorary Key-note speaker, Dr Johan Rockström – Planetary Boundaries and Global Impact Award Acceptance Speech
Professor in Natural Resource Management at Stockholm University and director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Stockholm Environment Institute, Winner of the World Ecological Forum Global Impact Award for Environmental Research

09:45 Balance Between Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability
Dr Wang Yi, Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences

10:15 Climate Change Negotiations – Past and Future
Dr Lars-Erik Liljelund, Negotiator for Sweden at Cop 15, Swedish Prime Minister’s Office

10:40 Social Innovation for Global Export Baltic Sea Action Group
Dr Ilkka Herlin, Chairman of the Board, Baltic Sea Action Group and Cargotec Corporation

11:00 Intergovernmental Co-operation for a Healthy Marine Ecosystem
Dr Samuli Korpinen, Project Manager, Helsinki Commission

11:30 Panel Discussion: A Safe Operating Space for Humanity – Anthropogenic Climate Change
Panellists: Dr Johan Rockström; Dr Wang Yi; Mr Pasi Rutanen, Columnist and the former Finnish Ambassador to P.R. China and to the OECD; Dr Lars-Erik Liljelund; Mr Alec Arho Havrén, Founder, World Ecological Forum; Dr Niclas Ihrén, Sustainability Expert, Advisor to Tällberg Foundation, Global Utmaning and the World Ecological Forum; Bishop Lennart Koskinen, Lutheran Church of Sweden and Professor Markku Wilenius, Senior Vice President, Allianz

12:30 Lunch

13:30 – 17:00 Seminars and Workshops

DAY 1 – Thursday, July 1 – SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

Venue: Wisby Strand

What is the energy mix direction of the future? Both industry and individuals are facing important decisions. This seminar emphasises on illuminating sustainable energy production, efficiency and related new innovations to identify future energy alternatives.

Sustainable Energy Paradigm
Dr Peter Lund, Professor, Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University School of Science and Technology

Energy: More – and less – than meets the eye?
Dr Petri Vasara, Principal, Pöyry Management Consulting Ltd.

Smart Grid
Speaker TBA

Green IT
Mr Andrew Skinner, The Global Lead for Green IT Community, Accenture London

Case: Business Opportunities in the Rural Energy Market of China
Mr Hannu Hoviniemi, Director, CAREI


Hosted by GreenStream Network Plc.
Chairman: Tomas Otterström
Venue: Wisby Strand

Climate change affects the business of almost any company. At the same time the climate markets provide exciting new investment opportunities. This seminar addresses the impact of climate change on business strategies, investments and financial result. It also looks into the activities of carbon compliance buyers, financial investors and actors seeking to neutralise their emissions as investors in the markets.

Towards a new global climate agreement – key issues

  • Development since COP15 globally and in China
  • Key issues for a global climate agreement – the Chinese view

Professor WANG Yi, Deputy Director-General Institute of Policy and Management,
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Towards a climate deal: binding and global?
Ms Simone Ruiz, IETA

Climate and investment opportunities: how can you invest in climate?
Mr Tomas Otterström, Deputy CEO, GreenStream Network Plc.

Climate and market access: products and trading developments
Mr Trevor Sikorski, Director, Barclays Capital

Climate and the role of financing: does carbon financing work?
Mr Greger Flodin, Executive Director, Rabobank International

Climate and financial investors: requirements and expectations
Mr Jens Thomassen, HGCapital

Climate and tecnology: clean power solutions
Mr Nils Lannefors, Regional Sales Director, ALSTOM Power Sweden AB


Venue: Wisby Strand
Chairman: Mr Pasi Rutanen, Columnist and the former Finnish Ambassador to P. R. China and to the OECD

Case Hong Kong: Environmental Strategies

Ms Sarah Wu, Director-General, Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office

Nine countries of the Baltic Sea – how to save the most polluted sea in the world?
Ms Saara Kankaanrinta, Secretary General of the Baltic Sea Action Group

Sustainability work at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport
Mr Fredrik Jaresved, Director, Sustainable Development, Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Case Estonia: Environmental Challenges
Mr Mart Jüssi, Member of the Estonian Parliament

Global and Local Water Challenges
Dr Mercy Dikito-Wachtmeister, Network Officer, GWP Southeast Asia/ GWP South Asia/ the Caribbean, Global Water Partnership Secretariat

From National to Regional: US-California-Los Angeles-Santa Monica
Professor Derek Shearer, Occidental University

CASE Isle Pact
Mr Bengt-Olof Grahn, Project Leader, Technical Department, Municipality of Gotland


Hosted by Accenture
Venue: Wisby Strand

Ecological sustainability is no longer the sole property of starry-eyed idealists, but sober reality for businesses struggling to remain afloat in the current crisis. Business has jolted to the realisation that sustainable business practices are not only necessary from an ecological standpoint – they also make more money. This seminar explores ways in which industry is harnessing corporate greed for the good of the planet. Is a more holistic paradigm for leading change and managing processes arising out of pure necessity?

Global Compact CEO Study 2010 – what is needed to reach a tipping point?

Mr Peter Lacy, Managing Director of Accenture
Sustainability Services for Europe, Africa and Latin America

Building a Sustainable Business Culture – Sustainable Strategy
Ms Susanna Perko, Kestävä, Sustainable Business Concepts

Green Product Life Cycle Management and Knowledge Based Economy
Dr Matthew M.F. Yuen, Professor, VP for R&D
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Value Creation Trough Sustainability – CASE Gotland Ring
Mr Alec Arho Havrén, Founder of Gotland Ring and the World Ecological Forum

Sustainable Leadership
Dr Markku Wilenius, Professor, Senior Vice President, Allianz

DAY 2 – Friday, July 2 – PLENARY SESSION

09:00 Opening Words

09:15 Thrivability and Innovation
Dr Niclas Ihrén, Sustainability Expert, Advisor to Tällberg Foundation, Global Utmaning and the World Ecological Forum

09:45 Global Green Wave: Governments and Business
Mr Pasi Rutanen, columnist and the former Finnish Ambassador to P.R. China and to the OECD

10:15 Venture Capitalism, Green Tech and Environment
Dr Po Chi Wu, Managing Director, DragonBridge Capital LCC. Co-founding Executive Director of the Global Innovation Research Center, Peking University

10:45 The Eight Overarching China Automotive Trends that are Revolutionising the Global Auto Industry
Mr Bill Russo, President, Synergistics Limited and Senior Advisor, Booz & Company

11:15 Panel Discussion: China’s Green Revolution – Just in Time?
Panellists: Dr Po Chi Wu; Mr Bill Russo; Dr Matthew Yuen, Professor, Vice-President for R&D, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Dr Wang Yi; Mr Pasi Rutanen; Dr Peter Lund, Professor, Department of Applied Physics, Aalto University School of Science and Technology

13.00 – 16.30 Seminars and Workshops

16.30 – 17.00 Closing Summary

DAY 2 – Friday, July 2 – SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS

Venue: Wisby Strand

About The Aim

Ecological building has been a subject in countless seminars and workshops. However, good realizations are hard to find. The recessive way of action tends to take over. The workshop addresses the gap between intentions and results universally and even with a brief local exercise by formulating recommendations for local sustainable building strategies in Gotland. The overall focus is on defining realistic aims & efficient tools instead of Utopia with band-aid.

Theoretically building affects our ecosystem in five ways – pollution, consumption of nonrenewable resources, health, biodiversity and nourishment. As buildings consume nearly half of the global energy supply and are directly connected to polluting and consuming of nonrenewable natural resources, the operational topics are energy efficiency and energy harvesting.

About The Setup

The workshop is hosted by three experts: Lars Bylund, professor in holistic building; Marcus Püttmer, economic engineer specialized in renewable energy and Kai Wartiainen, professor in town building. Ms Sabrina Soussan, Head of Marketing for Siemens’ Building Automation is the forth expert in the workshop. The Climate Active Building Workshop continues the Energy Workshop from the first day.

Following the introduction the subject is dealt with as three solute topics: EcoCities, EcoBuildings and EcoComponents. The purpose is to generate understanding of the potential in different scales of building that leads to commitment and improved praxis in the concluding fifth step.

The Five Step Program

Introduction presents two alternative intellectual frames to view building activity.

John Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis proposes that the biosphere and the physical components of the Earth (atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere etc) are closely integrated to form a complex interacting system that maintains the climatic and biogeochemical conditions on Earth in a preferred homeostasis. Human activity is negative and should be restricted. On the other hand Peter Ward argues strongly against Gaia ideology in “The Medea Hypothesis: Is Life on Earth Ultimately Self-Destructive?” In this view active human intervention is necessary if we want to keep the earth livable at all.

What are the questions that building should deal with? What has been done and what should be done within the three different scales of building activity?

Learning from EcoCities looks at some realized and proposed urban developments. The main questions being are the aims and tools realistic and do the prevailing planning ideology support or prevent sustainable developments? Is the general approach striving at total solutions that are alien to contemporary life? Is it at all possible to define sustainable solutions on this level or should we only define goals for building performance and concentrate on urban quality as motivation for the investments in sustainable technology?

EcoBuilding Study deals with eco-buildings and how they succeed in energy efficiency and how the solutions affect user motivation and comfort. The aim is at building concepts that can be adapted to many life styles and are open future upgrading for the nonpolluting energy effective technologies.

Smart Component Survey studies technological solutions and promising developments with high potential to promote and support energy efficient building and support contemporary styles of life.

Conclusion aims at deeper practical understanding, recommendations and commitments for urban developments, buildings and components leading to low carbon economy.


Venue: Wisby Strand
Chairman: Dr Po Chi Wu

The global scale of serious environmental challenges is demanding attention from governments everywhere. Opportunities for innovation abound, but may require new forms of international collaboration between government, industry, and academia. Investors are tracking breakthrough technologies in these emerging markets. In this workshop, we will explore solutions that can achieve economic success in this dynamic Venture Biosphere.

Investing in Green Business
Dr Po Chi Wu, Executive Director, Global Innovation Research Center, Visiting Professor, Peking University, Managing Director, DragonBridge Capital, LLC, USA

Role of green innovations in a corporate strategy
Mr Henrik Tegnér, Senior Director, Accenture, Sustainable Services Nordic

Role of technology in enabling sustainable development: Case Afganistan – elementary education to everyone through mobile learning
Aape Pohjavirta, CEO, Sendandsee Ltd.

Bottom of the Pyramid – green tech solutions for the rural and poor areas – case study of an ecological mobile hospital
Dr Anna-Maija Raeste, eco- philosopher, surgeon, entrepreneur

Social Entrepreneurship – How do we create sustainable business models?
Ms Sue Toigo, Chairman of Fitzgibbon Toigo Associates

“Venture Biosphere”
Dr Po Chi Wu, Executive Director, Global Innovation Research Center, Visiting Professor, Peking University, Managing Director, DragonBridge Capital, LLC, USA


Exhibition and test drives for selected media and automotive experts
Co-hosted by Gotland Ring
Chairman: Björn Karlström
Venue: Gotland Ring

One of the biggest game changes is materialising within the automotive industry. Propulsion systems are in a rare paradigm shift. This seminar will gather experts and manufacturers from both industry leaders to small new innovators to brainstorm around future technology, standards, policies, and government incentives. In addition to participating in programming in Wisby Strand Congress Hall, the seminar will utilise Gotland Ring – the first ecological race & test circuit in the world – for test drives and other demonstrations. Paradigm shift within the automotive industry

China – will the largest automotive market in the world take a green tech leap?

Conversion to Evs
How are policy makers and the industry able to define and shape the new mobility? Tax incentives? Will the voluntary collaboration be affective?

Presentation of case studies include electric cars and motorcycles Goals for the seminar

  • Provide an informative and dynamic environment for demonstration test drives for mission-specific zero- and low-emission vehicles
  • Provide a networking forum for technological collaboration and standard evaluations
  • Provide a recommended EV policy for various markets around the world

Target group: main stream and specialist journalists, potential business partners and investors, policy makers


Co-hosted by Baltic Sea Action Group and SIDA
Venue: Wisby Strand

Many of the countries around the Baltic Sea have the same environmental goals but very different plans and actions to reach them. This seminar – which can function as a case study for several other regions in the world – will produce a best practices recommendation constituted by relevant active parties (regional governments, action groups, and companies). This is a part of a commitment made by the World Ecological Forum in co-operation with the Baltic Sea Action Summit.

Commitment Making in Saving the Baltic Sea
Dr Ilkka Herlin, Mr Mathias Bergman, Baltic Sea Action Group

Ms Anna Tjarvar, Swedish International Development Agency, SIDA

Clean Shipping
Mr Sten Björk, Trelleborg County, Sweden

Integrated Industrial Waste Water Treatment in the Wood Industry – Local and International Cluster Initiatives
Dr William Hogland, professor in Environmental Engineering and Recovery, The School of Nature Sciences, Linnaeus University

CASE: Kaliningrad Oblast: water management project
Mr Andreas Lindstöm, SIWI, Stockholm International Water Institute

Environmental protection of the Baltic Sea through financial instruments
Mr Johan Ljungberg, Senior Director, Head of Environmental Unit, Nordic Investment Bank