Meet the top minds in finance on the 14th and 15th of September in Lahti, European Green Capital 2021.

Green Growth Forum 2021 will take place at the Sibelius Hall, Lahti.

Green Growth Forum aims to investigate the true impacts of sustainable investing. Our 2-day event will provide answers to the questions such as:

  • What are the main principles of sustainable investing, and what it's role in advancing global sustainability?
  • How do nature and biodiversity work with financing?
  • How to fight climate change, and are emission restrictions and carbon taxes the key components? What do different financial instruments accomplish over time?
  • What is the EU taxonomy for sustainable activities?
  • Are there ways to standardize and make sustainable investing and financing comparable?

Timezone: EEST – Eastern European Summer Time, Europe/Helsinki – UTC +02:00

DAY 1: 14 SEPTEMBER 2021


Registration and refreshments


Welcoming words
Pekka Timonen, Mayor of Lahti


Introduction and opening remarks
Erkki Liikanen, Chair of Trustees of IFRS Foundation


Keynote 1: How to create concept and international standards of collecting, measuring, reporting and analyzing  sustainability data
Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP/EPP Group


Keynote 2: Implementing sustainable investing strategies and managing ESG risks
Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman of BlackR


Lunch & networking


Session 1: Promoting ESG development through green finance

Green finance: a snapshot of current academic research
Juha Soininen, LUT University

Challenges and opportunities in financing the sustainable economy in Finland
Ville Skinnari, Minister for Development Cooperation and
Foreign Trade

Digital Infrastructure for ESG data
Leena-Mari Lähteenmaa, CGI FI

Panel discussion


Coffee break & networking


Session 2: How to measure and rate sustainable investing performance?

Trends in ESG disclosure
Wilco van Heteren, Sustainalytics

Latest developments with evaluating biodiversity risks and impacts in investment   portfolios
Miika Korja, SITRA

Refining sustainability reporting for companies and investors
Peter Paul van de Wijs, GRI Standards

Panel discussion


Informal meet & greet at Malski restaurant and brevery Including Finnish tapas dishes

DAY 2: 15 SEPTEMBER 2021

09:30 - 10:00

Refreshments and networking 

10:00 - 10:15

Introduction and opening the second day

10:15 - 11:45

Session 3: Current state of implementing sustainable investing in Finland

From local to global: growing importance of green and social bonds
Antti Kontio, Munifin

Behavioral attitudes and investment decisions related to sustainable investing
Tuomas Virtala, OP Finland

Sustainable investing for Nordic infrastructure
Ulrika Hasselgren, Infranode

Panel discussion

11:45 - 12:45

Keynote 3: Monetary policy approach to green growth
Tuomas  Välimäki, Member of the Board of Bank of Finland

12:45 - 13:30

Lunch & networking

13:30 - 15:30

Technical site visits to local environmental sites 
Come, see and experience the results of environmental work in Lahti

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