Local Renewables Conference
12:00 - 13:00Registration (Historisches Kaufhaus)

13:00 - 13:20Welcome

13:20 - 14:30Plenary 1 - Renewable Energy: a driver for circular economy
  • Dr. Anna Petit Boix, Postdoctoral Researcher, Chair of Societal Transition and Circular Economy, Circulus Project
  • Matthias Nabholz, Director of the Office for Environment and Energy  of the City of Basel, Switzerland
  • Dr. Sébastien Vanneste, Business Developer, Central CLC Innovation Hub of EIT RawMaterials
  • Catarina FreitasHead of Department for Environment, Climate, Energy and Mobility, City Council of Almada, Portugal
  • Facilitator: Holger RobrechtDeputy Regional Director, ICLEI Europe

14:30 - 18:00Study Visit in Basel

18:30 - 21:00Welcome Reception at the City of Basel (Senevita Erlenmatt)

09:00 - 09:30Welcome Coffee and Registration

09:30 - 11:00Plenary 2: Sector integration as a requirement for a circular economy - how does it work?
  • Dr. Anna Braune, Director Research and Development, German Sustainable Building Council
  • Mario Kliesch, Asset Management, Quality and Standardization, Westnetz GmbH
  • Raffaella Gueze, Manager of the Sustainability, Environment and Energy Department, City of Bologna, Italy
  • Katarzyna Szymczak-Pomianowska, Director, Sustainable Development Department, City of Wroclaw, Poland
  • Facilitator: Simon Clement, Coordinator Sustainable Economy and Procurement, ICLEI Europe



11:00 - 11:30Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00Breakout Sessions Round 1
  • Ronald Hall, Principal Advisor, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy, European Commission
  • Piotr Nowakowski, Specialist, KAPE Poland, WinWind Project
  • Tiina Vikman, Senior Specialist, City of Turku, Finland
  • Lea Ranalder, Project Manager, REN21
  • Facilitator: Giorgia Rambelli, Coordinator for Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI Europe




  • Emani Kumar, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
  • Chandra Singh Kothari, Mayor, Udaipur Municipal Corporation, India
  • Asok Narayan Bhattacharya, Mayor, Siliguri Municipal Corporation, India 
  • Anna Huttunen, Project Manager, CitiCAP, City of Lahti, Finland
  • Hans-Peter Egler, Director, Public Affairs, South Pole Group
  • Facilitator: Mirjam Macchi Howell, Program Manager, Global Programme Climate Change Environment, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation

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13:00 - 14:00Lunch

14:30 - 16:00Breakout Sessions Round 2
  • Joshua Thumin, Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE)
  • Marta Chillida Munguet, City of Granollers, Spain
  • James Wilson, Islington Council, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Massimo Santarellir, University of Torino, Italy
  • Facilitator: Carsten Rothballer, Coordinator for Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI Europe

 The session will be complemented by Study Tour 3 to the urban development area ‘Gutleutmatten’, which has implemented a leading innovative thermal concept.



  • Juan Antonio Alvarez Rodríguez, Research Strategy Manager on Environment, AIMEN
  • Francis Meerburg, Research Study Responsible in R&D, Aquafin
  • Christian Loderer, Project and Innovation Manager, Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin 
  • Gerard Pol-Gili, Project manager, Renewable energies, Eurometropolis of Strasbourg 
  • Alexander Wolf, Project Engineer, Water Treatment Systems, Solarspring 
  • Andreas Aurich, Scientist, UFZ-Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research
  • Prof. Pedro Antonio García Encina, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Valladolid
  • Peder Gregersen, CEO, Center of Recycling
  • Facilitator: Barbara Anton, Coordinator for Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI Europe

16:00 - 18:30Study Visits in Freiburg

19:30Welcome Reception at the City of Freiburg (Neues Rathaus, Historischer Ratssaal)

08:45 - 09:15Welcome Coffee

9:15 - 11:00Plenary 3 - Transforming to circular cities – how to finance it?
  • Dr. Luise Noring, Research Director, Sustainable Urbanisation, Copenhagen Business School
  • Peter Hirsch, Analyst for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
  • Tom Jess, Senior Researcher, E3G Brussels
  • Rohit SenStrategic Cooperation and Business Development Manager, bettervest GmbH
  • Mario Lionetti, Project Adviser, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, European Commission
  • Facilitator: Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director Europe, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability 


11:00 - 11:30Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30Plenary 4 - Local circular economy contributions to national, EU and global climate targets – what strategies to apply?
  • Catherine Trautmann, President of the Port of Strasbourg, Vice President of the Eurometropole de Strasbourg, France
  • Andrew Cooper, Kirklees Council, Member of the Committee of the Regions, United Kingdom
  • Elina Rantanen, Chair of the City Council, City of Turku, Finland
  • Facilitator: Monika Zimmermann, Former ICLEI Deputy Secretary General; Senior Consult



12:30 - 13:00Plenary 5 - Summary and outlook

13:00 - 14:00Farewell Lunch



Conference Secretariat
ICLEI European Secretariat
Leopoldring 3

79098 Freiburg,

Tel.: +49 761 368920
E-mail: lr2018@iclei.org
Website: http://local-renewables-conference.org/


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