Baltic Circular Economy Forum. Panel discussion and forecast session "NTI ECONET track and industrial symbiosis ecosystems in Russia: a step towards a circular economy?"

On April 22, the Baltic Circular Economy Forum was held - the first and only congress and exhibition event in Russia dedicated to the closed-loop economy, sustainable development, as well as the introduction of "green" technologies in small and medium-sized businesses.

The focus of the event in 2021 was on the three key segments that generate the most consumer waste, as well as create opportunities for the introduction of "breakthrough" business models:

  • Green Energy & Home – "green energy" and "smart home";
  • HoReCa & MICE – hospitality and events sector;
  • Smart & Green Transport – "smart" and "green" transport.

At the Panel discussion and forecast session "NTI ECONET Track and industrial symbiosis ecosystems in Russia: step towards a circular economy?" (Russia hall 12:00-13:45) invited speakers and representatives spoke:
Agency for Strategic Initiatives, ICSEI "Leontief Center" / Russian National Sub-Committee of the Program "INTERREG. Baltic Sea Region", Center for Integration Studies / Research Directorate / Eurasian Development Bank, Faculty of Biotechnology and Low-Temperature Systems, ITMO University, Tairmen Group, KOSMOS LLC - Cata3Pult project, projects: StartUp Connect, BIS.

The discussion was moderated by Nikolai V. Pitirimov (Chairman of the Board of Directors of the international consortium "St. Petersburg Cluster of Clean Technologies for the Urban Environment").

Koroleva Evgenia Borisovna (member of the Environmental Council under the Governor of St. Petersburg, Cata3Pult project Manager) presented the Cata3Pult project and spoke about the activities under the project.

The program of the event in Russian can be found at the link.

Photos from the event can be viewed here.

Participated in the web conference "Baltic sea and the quality of life"

City of Lappeenranta organized an international conference on water resources management on April 15 and 16. The conference was held within the framework of the ENI LIP project "Monrepos" and became one of the events of the 2021 "Green Leaf". The theme of the conference is "Baltic sea and the quality of life"

Presentations were made by representatives of the Finnish Institute of the Environment, Sevzapinzhtechnology Research and Design Institute LLC, the Vyborg District Public Council and the Vyborg District MF Administration, LUT University, the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare, Lappeenranta Energy, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, Mikkeli Development Miksei Ltd, Construction of Special Tunnels LLC, Creal LLC, Deka LLC, and the European Commission.

On April 16, 3 parallel sessions were held:

  1. Waste water treatment;
  2. Networks;
  3. Storm water.

During the conference, the following topics were covered:

  • Development of the state of the Baltic Sea and prospects for the future;
  • ENI LIP presentation of the "Monrepos" project;
  • Water management improves quality of life;
  • Enhanced wastewater treatment, enhanced phosphorus treatment;
  • Best Water: Lappeenranta Energy;
  • Water epidemics in Finland - where they come from and what they cause;
  • Automation of technological processes of water supply and sewerage, IT-support of management processes;
  • Municipal water management enhances innovation, development, research, and business activities;
  • Carbon footprint of wastewater treatment plants;
  • Lessons learned from the Finnish case studies;
  • Disposal of sewage sludge for biogas production;
  • Practical experience in the implementation of water disposal facilities in the Leningrad region;
  • Design, construction and commissioning of facilities in localities: pgt. Bolshoy dvor, Tsvylevo and Putilovo;
  • Microtunneling in Finland, Kakola wastewater treatment plant outlet pipeline;
  • Features and advantages of the technology of installation without digging in the construction of networks;
  • Modern methods of construction of horizontal and vertical workings in complex geological conditions of the urban infrastructure of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region;
  • Innovative natural shungite solutions and EM technologies for water treatment (SHEM-WP);
  • Storm water management practices. Comparison between Finland, Sweden and the Netherlands;
  • Post-processing technologies that can be applied in the Baltic Sea region;
  • Development of the EU policy on drinking water and urban wastewater;
  • Connecting cities and rivers, how rivers affect cities, highlighting water pollution issues, and microplastics in water.

Screenshots of the conference can be viewed here.

April 22-23, 2021 Case Challenge final

On March 11, 2021, the Tyreman Group and the ITMO University school of biotechnology and refrigeration launched an industrial symbiosis competition to better address the problem of using pig blood as the main resource for new production. It is planned to listen to the presentations of the ITMO University teams with their proposed solutions and vote for the best. Read more at the link.

Workshop on waste management

A training webinar on the Cata3Pult project on waste management via ZOOM with simultaneous translation from Russian to English is scheduled for May 25, 2021. Among the speakers - representatives of Rosprirodnadzor - the Federal Service for Supervision of Natural Resources, St. Petersburg ITMO University, the Ministry of the Environment of Finland, etc. The webinar program is currently under development. The links will be sent to everyone, as well as posted on the portal and on social media.

Webinar on Smart and eco-friendly mobility

April 29, 2021 webinar on Smart and eco-friendly mobility of the Cata3Pult project. The webinar will be organized via Zoom. More information about the program and the registration form is available on the Great Reality network website.

Cata3Pult & LALAPETE organize an expert webinar

On April 27, 2021, Cata3Pult & LALAPETE will organize an expert webinar "Textile recycling - business in mind".
The webinar will be organized via ZOOM. For more information about the program and registration, visit the Green Net Finland website.

The First Baltic Circular Economy Forum in St. Petersburg

On April 22, the first Baltic Circular Economy Forum (BCEF) will be held in St. Petersburg.

The event is supported by the following projects of the CBC program 2014-2020 South-Eastern Finland - Russia: LALAPETE, Startup Connect and Twin Campus. Register via the link.

  • BCEF will open with a plenary session (10:00-11:45);
  • Then there will be a panel discussion and a session "NTI ECONET and industrial symbiosis ecosystems: a step towards a closed-loop economy?" at BCEF (12:00-14:00);
  • Cool4City project launch workshop at BCEF (14:00-16:00). Register for a link to participate online in ZOOM here;
  • "Green startups go Global" at BCEF (16:00-18:00) (in partnership with the Twin Campus project and the Ingria Business Incubator). The events in the BCEF Finland Hall can be found here.