Building alliances that accelerate the transition
to smart and climate neutral cities

November 14th 2022

BARCELONA

Building alliances that accelerate the transition to smart and climate neutral cities

BARCELONA

November 14th 2022

About

The Smart City Business Forum brings together around 400 decision makers to discuss key challenges for the smart and climate-neutral city. This year, we will focus on the private sector’s role in achieving cities’ smart and climate-neutrality targets, creating opportunities for public and private actors to connect, build partnerships and take steps in accelerating urban transformation. The program will consist of high-level keynotes, matchmaking, and workshops around specific challenges hosted by a variety of international public and private partners.

Speakers & Panelists

INGER HANNE VIKSHÅLAND

INGER HANNE VIKSHÅLAND

Head of Stavanger Smart City
YOLANDA MINGUITO

YOLANDA MINGUITO

Head of Business Banking at Triodos Bank Spain
MARJA RUIGROK

MARJA RUIGROK

Deputy mayor municipality of Haarlemmermeer and Amsterdam Metropolitan Area
PATRICK CHILD

PATRICK CHILD

Deputy Director General, Environment and Mission Manager for the Mission
KAREN VAN DANTZIG

KAREN VAN DANTZIG

Dutch Urban Envoy to the European Union
BÀRBARA PONS GINER

BÀRBARA PONS GINER

Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda at Barcelona City Council
BAS BOORSMA

BAS BOORSMA

Chief Digital Officer at the City of Rotterdam
HEIMEN VISSER

HEIMEN VISSER

Fund Director, Primevest Capital Partners
ASEN CHARLIYSKI

ASEN CHARLIYSKI

MD & Global Head for Sustainable Cities Finance, Bankers Without

Agenda

9:30am – 10:15am  – Check-in and Coffee

9:30am – 10:15am  – Check-in and Coffee

Courtyard & Staircase of Honour

10:30am – 10:45am  – Welcoming words

10:30am – 10:45am  – Welcoming words

Second floor, Consuls Hall

Bàrbara Pons Giner

Commissioner for 2030 Agenda
Barcelona City Council

Karen van Dantzig

Dutch Urban Envoy
to the European Union

10:45am - 11:15am  - Fireside chat with smart city visionaries

10:45am - 11:15am  - Fireside chat with smart city visionaries

Second floor, Consuls Hall

MODERATOR

Magnus Agerström

Managing Director at Cleantech Scandinavia

SPEAKERS

Bas Boorsma

Chief Digital Officer of the City of Rotterdam | Professor of Practice Thunderbird School of Global Management | Author of A New Digital Deal

Inger Hanne Vikshåland

Head of Stavanger Smart City

11:20am - 11:40am  - Keynote from the European Commision Mission Board for Climate Neutral and Smart Cities​

11:20am - 11:40am  - Keynote from the European Commision Mission Board for Climate Neutral and Smart Cities​

Second floor, Consuls Hall

SPEAKER

Patrick Child

Deputy Director DG Environment, Mission Manager for the Mission for Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities

11:40am - 12:20am  - Panel Discussion: Financial institutions as partners to the smart and climate-neutral city - How do we make this work for real?

11:40am - 12:20am  - Panel Discussion: Financial institutions as partners to the smart and climate-neutral city - How do we make this work for real?

Second floor, Consuls Hall

MODERATOR

Asen Charliyski

MD & Global Head of Sustainable Cities Finance at Bankers Without Boundaries

SPEAKERS

Marja Ruigrok

Deputy mayor municipality of Haarlemmermeer and Amsterdam Metropolitan Area

Niklas Bäckström

City of Helsingborg, Sweden

Yolanda Minguito Esteban

Triodos Bank Spain

Heimen Visser

Primevest Capital Partners

12:20am - 12:30am  - Business Keynote

12:20am - 12:30am  - Business Keynote

Second floor, Consuls Hall

SPEAKER

Robin Schapink

Flexyz

12:30am - 13:30am  - Enterprise Europe Network Matchmaking - LUNCH BREAK

12:30am - 13:30am  - Enterprise Europe Network Matchmaking - LUNCH BREAK

Courtyard & Bottom floor, Contracting Hall

1:30pm INTERACTIVE PARALLEL SESSIONS

1:30pm INTERACTIVE PARALLEL SESSIONS

Bottom floor, Neptune B

A vast reservoir of information on human health and lifestyle habits lives in our sewage. Smart cities can gather information from their inhabitants which had not imagined before.
In this session, the Scorewater EU project partners will present their experience within the city of Barcelona for wastewater monitoring in sewers. We managed to place multiple measuring stations across the city, and gathered valuable data. Now it’s time for the next steps, since in our opinion all cities should have a network of sensors to manage water quality & quantity. But how do we scale from here?  We invite government representatives, solution providers in the field of water management, investors, organizations active on the topics of health and education to join the discussion on how to create different types of value for cities, citizens, and investors with wastewater monitoring.

Speakers/Moderators:

Maria José Chesa Marro

Head of Environment and External Relations Service
Barcelona Water Cycle
Barcelona City Council

Lluís Corominas

Research Scientist at the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA)

Pieter de Jong

Programme Manager
SCOREwater

Fredrik Hallgren

Head of Environment and External Relations Service
Barcelona Water Cycle
Barcelona City Council

First floor, Golden Hall

Increasing urbanization asks for a new vision on urban mobility. To create an inclusive and welcoming mobility system for everyone from 8 to 88 years old, we need an ever-growing multi-modality system. Until now, the car has been dominant in our mobility systems, but it is likely that in the future we need a different approach.
During this session we will discuss the implementation and exploitation challenges of multi-modal solutions, the technological aspects, lessons learned, and the creation of mobility hubs. We want to have stakeholders with different backgrounds at the table from the public and private sector because we believe that we need to work together to create a well-functioning system. What we want to get out of this session is cooperation and to learn from each other’s experiments and best practices.

Speakers/Moderators:

Heerd Jan Hoogeveen

Program Lead
Drive Program

Arno Bonte

Deputy Mayor for Sustainability, Mobility and Climate Adaptation at City of Helmond

Andréas von Kaenel

CEO at Cortexia

Bottom floor, Neptune A

This workshop will focus on the challenge of transitioning to sustainable logistics from varying perspectives. Cities and regions are invited to share challenges they face in this area and companies are invited to share their solutions.

Speakers/Moderators:

Jonathan Herrlin

Business Developer
Logistics, Retail & Smart Cities
Invest in Skåne

Alexandra Hallonqvist

Head of Investment Promotion at City of Helsingborg

Tamlyn Shimizu

Global Partnerships & Communications Lead at Bable Smart Cities

Edgar Valverde

Innovation Consultant at PNO Innovation

Second floor, Consuls Hall

Despite the existing knowledge in every vertical in city design, we are still not living in a sustainable way. One of the challenges we face is that we are lacking a systematic holistic approach and a framework that allows us to reach a much better global solution, and not just marginal local improvements.   This session aims to highlight the huge impact of using a systemic approach in combination with several technical verticals to tackle the most urgent problems today. We invite participants to bring their challenges and analyze them from a different and more powerful perspective than you have before.

Speakers/Moderators:

Sami Kazi

Research Team Leader
Smart cities and intelligent buildings
VTT

Andro Lindsay

Carbon Neutral Solutions for Smart Cities at VTT

Kirsi-Maria Hyytinen

Research Team Leader Future-proof societies at VTT

Teppo Rantanen

Executive Director of economic policy, competitiveness, and innovation at City of Tampere

First floor, Consulates Hall

Despite the existing knowledge in every vertical in city design, we are still not living in a sustainable way. One of the challenges we face is that we are lacking a systematic holistic approach and a framework that allows us to reach a much better global solution, and not just marginal local improvements.   This session aims to highlight the huge impact of using a systemic approach in combination with several technical verticals to tackle the most urgent problems today. We invite participants to bring their challenges and analyze them from a different and more powerful perspective than you have before.

Speakers/Moderators:

Jakob Norman-Hansen

Head of Global Networks at BLOXHUB

Pau Planelles Oliva

Senior Technical Manager
Ecology, Urban Planning, Infrastructures and Mobility
Barcelona City Council

First floor, Plenary Hall

It’s no secret that adopting innovation in the public sector tends to be a challenge, both for the municipalities and for innovative companies that want to partner up with cities. This workshop will dive into challenges of balancing the risk of losing public money on failed innovation against the need for new solutions to solve hitherto intractable problems.

Speakers/Moderators:

Viesturs Celmiņš

Director of innovation movement at VEFRESH

Jonathan Selbie

CEO
Univrses

Second floor, Lions Hall

A vast reservoir of information on human health and lifestyle habits lives in our sewage. Smart cities can gather information from their inhabitants which had not imagined before.
In this session, the Scorewater EU project partners will present their experience within the city of Barcelona for wastewater monitoring in sewers. We managed to place multiple measuring stations across the city, and gathered valuable data. Now it’s time for the next steps, since in our opinion all cities should have a network of sensors to manage water quality & quantity. But how do we scale from here?  We invite government representatives, solution providers in the field of water management, investors, organizations active on the topics of health and education to join the discussion on how to create different types of value for cities, citizens, and investors with wastewater monitoring.

Speakers/Moderators:

Maria José Chesa Marro

Head of Environment and External Relations Service
Barcelona Water Cycle
Barcelona City Council

Lluís Corominas

Research Scientist at the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA)

Pieter de Jong

Programme Manager
SCOREwater

Fredrik Hallgren

Head of Environment and External Relations Service
Barcelona Water Cycle
Barcelona City Council

First floor, Lucrecia Hall

This session will consist of short presentations from a number of innovative high-impact solutions. The entrepreneurs will describe their solutions but also what lessons they’ve learned when working with municipalities. The aim is to showcase technology that can dramatically reduce emissions but also to learn about how we can improve partnerships between such solution providers and cities.

15:00pm - 15:30pm Enterprise Europe Network Matchmaking - NETWORKING BREAK

15:00pm - 15:30pm Enterprise Europe Network Matchmaking - NETWORKING BREAK

Courtyard

Matchmaking facilitated by Enterprise Europe Network

15:30pm - 17:00pmINTERACTIVE PARALLEL SESSIONS

15:30pm - 17:00pmINTERACTIVE PARALLEL SESSIONS

First floor, Golden Hall

A vast reservoir of information on human health and lifestyle habits lives in our sewage. Smart cities can gather information from their inhabitants which had not imagined before.
In this session, the Scorewater EU project partners will present their experience within the city of Barcelona for wastewater monitoring in sewers. We managed to place multiple measuring stations across the city, and gathered valuable data. Now it’s time for the next steps, since in our opinion all cities should have a network of sensors to manage water quality & quantity. But how do we scale from here?  We invite government representatives, solution providers in the field of water management, investors, organizations active on the topics of health and education to join the discussion on how to create different types of value for cities, citizens, and investors with wastewater monitoring.

Speakers/Moderators:

Maria José Chesa Marro

Head of Environment and External Relations Service
Barcelona Water Cycle
Barcelona City Council

Lluís Corominas

Research Scientist at the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA)

Pieter de Jong

Programme Manager
SCOREwater

Fredrik Hallgren

Head of Environment and External Relations Service
Barcelona Water Cycle
Barcelona City Council

Second floor, Consuls Hall

The Cities Mission has launched a Moonshot: 100 Climate Neutral Cities by 2030. If cities want to play the Moonshot “game”, they have to play by “moonshot” rules: unlimited access to funding, unlimited access to a pool of talented human resources, a vision going beyond political disputes, unquestioning support of the ecosystem, and the use of the 21-century digital tools

The challenge is particularly high when it comes to financing as cities are very classical risk-adverse players. However, the financial landscape is profoundly evolving with the ESG regulation, the ETS and even crowdfunding. Investors are now urged to find investments producing revenues and creating social and environmental values.

Trust and common understanding between cities and investors present a major challenge, but progress has been made, embodied by the latest generation of Smart Cities and Communities projects.

Our workshop aims to address those critical challenges and engage a debate between cities and investors on how they can work together to: bridge the funding gap, create cities' specific climate purpose vehicles or innovative financial schemes, combining public/private partnership (with the cities taking a golden share) and accelerate the pace of implementation.

Angelo Giordano

Senior Advisor
CIVIESCO

David Cassanmagnago

Project Manager
Climate Alliance

Ernesto Faubel

Head of Smart City Department
City of Valencia

Albert Engels

Ruggedised coordinator
City of Rotterdam

Roel Massink

IRIS Coordinator
City of Utrecht

Philippe Fournand

CEO
Blue-Sight Conseil

Bottom floor, Neptune A

What should cities do to become more livable and sustainable, according to companies and according to civil servants? How can governments accelerate innovations?

The city of Amsterdam will share 10 recommendations for cities to accelerate transitions as well as Amsterdam’s experience working on these topics. We would like to discuss how companies look at this role of the government and how they experience collaboration. Furthermore, we would like to discuss solutions other European cities have, learn from their examples and discuss the important role of the private sector in their cities.

Speakers/Moderators:

Sacha Stolp

Director Future-Proof Assets and Climate Adaptation
City of Amsterdam
Department of Engineering

Jaleesa Schaap

Strategic Advisor
City of Amsterdam
Department of Engineering

Peter de Kruijk

Director
City of Amsterdam
Amsterdam International Business

Nancy Zikken

Trade developer sustainable and smart cities
City of Amsterdam
Amsterdam Trade & Innovate

First floor, Consulates Hall

The EU and its programs will help European cities in its ambition to achieve climate-neutrality and will provide lots of frameworks and models. However, top-down frameworks do not automatically lead to more finance, ownership and innovation. The candle burns at two ends. Climate neutrality is a quest that can be won only by connecting and combining top-down and bottom-up innovative approaches and finance opportunities.

Digital transformation is a key driver of transformational change of existing and new digital (energy) infrastructures. Unfortunately, the development of digital infrastructures does not always keep up with the pace of digital innovation and the need of citizens. This slows down the market development of innovative, integrated and sustainable solutions, which are highly necessary to achieve climate goals. How to speed up?

In this session a broad spectrum of people addresses four challenges from their point of view and let participants in the workshop work out an implementation plan for cities – that includes solutions from start-ups and business. Since nothing will happen in isolation, challenges are brought in by a cluster of organisations.

Challenge 1. ‘Grid congestion’

Challenge owner

Heimen Visser

Fund Director
Smart City Nederland

A lot of electricity grid operators Europe wide are struggling with the upgrade and renewal of their electricity networks due to growing electricity demand by consumer and business customers. Also the demand of EV charging and the generation of solar energy, tops the challenges of the grid operators. This leads to certain areas where electricity grid operators can’t deliver electricity connections to new business customers.

  1. How do we cope with the increasing demand on energy consumption?
  2. How do we plan the upgrade of the energy grids?
  3. How do we finance these upgrades and enlargements of the energy grids?
  4. What is the cost of capital of the different solutions?

Challenge 2. ‘Accelerating climate neutrality by scaling (human) connectivity?’

Challenge owner

Jan-Willem Wesselink

Program Manager
City Deal ‘Smart Cities’

The digital transformation can help us to accelerate to accomplish our shared mission to become climate neutral. To move from mission towards concrete steps we work with iconic projects; digital solutions that solve several societal challenges with multiple technologies. One of these iconic
projects are Local Digital Twins; the future operating system of the sustainable city. But how do we get there?

Challenge 3 & 4 are yet to be defined!

Our panel of city experts consists of:

National perspective & growth fund

TBC

Ministry of Infrastructure & Water

Digital Economy

Frank Vieveen

City of Rotterdam

Scaling solutios from testbeds

Tijn Kuiper

Program Manager
City Deal ‘Smart Cities’

International expert TBC

International expert TBC

First floor, Plenary Hall

How to make Europe greener and more digital are the twin challenges for our generation, and our success in meeting them will define our future. BUT, the cities are not good enough at data sharing, and with no data there will be no twin transition.

This seminar-style session will begin with educational presentations covering what can be achieved when we agree on a common infrastructure, what are the consequences if there is no agreement, and the different paths towards a common IoT data infrastructure – within a city, within a country, and within the EU. We will then look at practical case studies from the City of Stockholm and from Europe. Lastly, we will open it up to interactive sharing - share your good advice, share your failures, share your experience.

Speakers/Moderators:

Claus Popp Larsen

Head of Connected Cities
RISE & Digital Systems

Olle Bergdahl

Programme Director
IoT Sweden

Bo Baudin

Head of Strategy
IoT Sweden

Maria Holm

Project Manager -Stockholm IoT, City of Stockholm -City Management Office

Second floor, Lions Hall

How can solution providers work together with the cities to reduce consumption-based emissions and increase the quality of life at the same time? We have the knowledge and technology available, but we are moving too slow.

The cities of Oslo, Trondheim and Stavanger will present different challenges they face to reduce consumption-based emission, whereafter the participants will be divided into different groups (together with one pre-determined facilitator per group).

Speakers/Moderators:

Bjarne Uldal

Chief Innovation Officer
Nordic Edge
(Norwegian Smart City Innovation Cluster)

Werner Olsen

Product Manger
Innocode

Mads Simonsen

Co-founder
Ducky

Inger Hanne Vikshåland

Head of Stavanger Smart City
City of Stavanger

Bottom floor, Neptune B

This session aims to highlight the investments to be made within digitalization in Spain and Italy, as part of the 2ext Generation EU funds, which open business opportunities for private companies. As cities are aiming to become smarter, sustainable, and more livable, investing in digital technologies will be a key component in managing a successful green and digital transition. The financial support that will be provided to Spain and Italy within the scope of Next Generation EU represent the largest investments ever made into digitalization.

Business Sweden, Business Finland, and Netherlands Business Support Office will within this session present key investments opportunities outlined the Spanish and Italian Recovery & Resilience plans, highlight key public and private stakeholders’ active in the implementation, as well as discuss Spain’s and Italy’s digital agenda. The session would therefore provide with both insights and thoughts on the digital investments taking place in Spain and Italy, highlighting the complexity of dealing with large scale digital investments.

The session will focus on both a public and private digital sector audience. Local municipalities, such as the cities of Milan, Bologna, Parma, Barcelona, Madrid and/or Malaga will be engaged in the discussion.

First floor, Lucrecia Hall

This session will consist of short presentations from a number of innovative high-impact solutions. The entrepreneurs will describe their solutions but also what lessons they’ve learned when working with municipalities. The aim is to showcase technology that can dramatically reduce emissions but also to learn about how we can improve partnerships between such solution providers and cities.

05:00pm NETWORKING COCKTAIL

05:00pm NETWORKING COCKTAIL

Matchmaking facilitated by Enterprise Europe Network

* ALL DAY * Opportunity to book 1:1 meetings

* ALL DAY * Opportunity to book 1:1 meetings

With other participants and support of Enterprise Europe Network

EVENT PARTNERS / WORKSHOP HOSTS

CITIES & REGIONS

ORGANIZATIONS AND COMPANIES:

THE VENUE

The Venue

CONTACT US

Interested in joining? Please contact us!

Leonor Zubillaga

Project Manager

+46 (0) 722 469 982​
leonor@cleantechscandinavia.com​

Magnus Agerström

Managing Director​

+46 (0) 739 402 070
magnus@cleantechscandinavia

Laura Patenkamp

Climate-Neutral & Smart City Advisor​

+31 6 3111 4626
laura.platenkamp@rvo.nl

Janine Kaya

Liason Officer

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