Vabljena plenarna predavanja

  1. dan konference: 24. november 2022

Shiko Hayashi, Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Kitakyushu Urban Centre, Japan

Shiko Hayashi is a programme director of IGES Kitakyushu Urban Centre. Hayashi’s expertise is inter alia, in 3R policies for sustainable development, extended Producer Responsibility, urban environmental management, circular cities and SDGs localization with ESG finance.  He has rich experience leading multiple projects with Asian countries for the institutional developments, supporting the national governments of Malaysia, Viet Nam the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Myanmar, etc. to develop 3R strategies and technical guidelines for sound waste treatment, which are endorsed at their ministerial level. He is working closely with Kitakyushu municipality and is a co-developer of the Kitakyushu Circular Economy Vision.  

Kitakyushu Circular economy vision. How Kitakyushu will become a circular city

A roadmap towards the CE transition in Kitakyushu guides the city towards decarbonized, circular society. As Kitakyushu is a highly industrial city, their CE plan is based on establishing the collaboration between the industries for effective utilisation of the resources and connecting them with their highly advanced recycling area to enable resource circulation. Kitakyushu city aims to establish a firm enabling environment for the companies to practice CE and at the same time decrease their carbon footprint, as all recycling operations are powered by locally produced renewable energy.

Vesna Lavtizar, Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan

Vesna Lavtizar a CE policy researcher, works for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Japan.  Vesna is inter alia, the IGES lead for the UN Habitat’s Healthy Oceans and Clean Cities Initiative project (HOCCI), organizer and speaker at workshops in cities and for other entities, and author of several CE-economy related publications. She has held various roles related to municipalities and other organizations (e.g. Ambassador of the city Kobe, Japan (2017 – 2018);  Member of the Jesenice municipality governing board of the Environment and spatial planning, Slovenia, 2014 – 2016). She holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences.”

Fostering circular economy in cities and regions

Regions have an incredible potential to foster the transition toward the CE by leveraging local potentials, technological advancements, and by applying circular thinking. The presentation will disclose how to design local plans that will guide the region towards sustainability through practices that not only increase the circularity but generate benefits to community wellbeing, environmental wellness and local prosperity, self-reliance and resilience.  

Rannveig Edda Hjaltadottir, Nord University Business School, Norway

Rannveig Edda Hjaltadottir is an associate professor in Innovation at Nord University Business School, her research interests cover innovation and circular economy at both business and regional levels. Especially the role of different types of innovation in changing from linear to circular economy and society.

Circularity in Peripheral Regions: Innovation Systems and Circular Economy

Reorganising regional systems for Circular Economy (CE) can be challenging as CE transformation depends on different types of innovation, including technological, business model, supply chain, policy, and social innovation that need to function in unison as CE innovation bundles. Supporting diverse types of innovation is challenging for the actors in innovation systems as most have focused on technological innovations, this is especially challenging for peripheral regions that are organisationally thin. At the same time, the peripheral regions can have some potential advantages when it comes to CE development, including access to renewable energy, relative strength in core industries, local clusters, the level of digitalisation and use of inter-regional cooperation to access knowledge from central regions.

Tor Gausemel Kristensen, Cityloops

Mr. Gausemel Kristensen is the project manager of Bodø’s participation in two EU-funded research projects. Furthermore he works with circular procurement, mass & material handling, and sustainable technology in Bodø Municipality. With a background from finance, aviation, research administration and management, he combines his competence in technology, management and business to participate in the  development to a more sustainable society.

Circular Bodø

A presentation of activities and innovation projects in Bodø that will influence to a more sustainable and circular practice in city development. How do we practice now, what is our ambition, and what can we learn from and to others?

2. dan konference: 25. november 2022

Andrej Pečjak, Metron Institute, Slovenia

Andrej Pecjak is co-founder and chairman of Metron Institute in Slovenija. His life was devoted to sustainable transport, energy and living. He has put his ideas into practice at his home and enterprise to show that sustainable life is possible now and with existing technology. He worked on improving efficiency and range of electric cars and connected the batteries of electric cars to sustainable integrated micro grids. By doing so, an electric car would not just be a load in the grid, but also serve as an energy storage to support the grid. He did it in theory and practice and now he spreads this idea by organizing technical trainings, while Metron Institute is a showcase how a modern CO2 neutral production plant could be organized. He holds several electric vehicle records and attends electric vehicle conferences, events and rallies to show what is possible with today’s technology. One of the most remarkable records was a World record drive for an electric car in 2015: driving 824 km distance with an average speed of 72 km/h on a single charge using Metron 7 converted 5 seater electric car! On 19th of November 2015 Andrej was nominated finalist and became fellow of The World Technology Network for the idea and implementation of »Sustainable energy cycle« . This idea has been further developed and implemented in practice at several locations in Slovenia and Austria. During the years from 2018 to 2022 Andrej has been working together with leading Slovenian electricity supplier GEN-i on integrating electric vehicles with energy sector using Sustainable energy cycle.  

Green energy transition: problem or opportunity?

We are entering an era of technological and sociological challenges, which could be called problems or opportunities. During the next 10 years, almost everything we use will change: from energy to transport and food production and use. Energy and transport will head up towards electrification, digitalization and decarbonisation. The speed of this process will depend upon external factors such as climate change, political instability, economic crisis and the ability of the world’s economy to introduce new technologies. The automotive industry is certainly one of the industries where changes are already happening at a very high speed. Because of these changes, we will be faced with previously unknown problems and demanding adaptations, but on the other hand, they will also be a source of new opportunities for innovative individuals, companies and regions. With proper foresight and preparations, we in Slovenija have excellent chances to swing from the tail of Europe to the leading exemplary region that will show the way to go for others.

Weather we can do it or not is up to us, the opportunities are here and the way forward is open. We should not wait for the future, because the future is here!

Diplomanti FINI predstavljajo razvojni potencial družbe.

Graduates of FINI are society's developmental potential.