The Annual South Baltic Event in Roskilde, Denmark: good time for green tech projects

This year’s South Baltic conference dedicated to green policies and technologies gathered more than 100 participants from Denmark, Germany, Poland, Sweden and Lithuania. The annual event took place at the Roskilde University, in the heart of Zealand, where the word “green” has so much meaning.

Both Prof. Hanne Leth Andersen, Rector of the University and

Steffen Schubert, Chair of the Monitoring Committee of the Interreg South Baltic Programme in their welcome speeches underlined the importance of cooperation in the Baltic region.

First speaker, David Meinke representing the Committee for International Relations in Region Zealand, familiarized the audience with the region, presenting its potential, successful projects and green targets.

Igor Kaniecki, from the Joint Secretariat of the Interreg South Baltic Programme introduced the overall programme objective, highlighting the headwords of blue and green. Mr. Kaniecki outlined the priorities and expectations of the program emphasizing that there couldn’t be a better timing for green tech projects.

Lone Hylander representing the Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak Programme introduced the green opportunities in Southern Scandinavia, showing both the challenges and opportunities in the region.

Representing the Horizon 2020 NCP for Denmark Stefanie Bondy Jørgensen and Anne Maibohm Haridt outlined the highlights of the program, presenting its structure, budget and innovation grants.

Stephen D. Hart, Head of Copenhagen Office of the European Investment Bank provided insight into lending and blending instruments for potential investors.

The green tech information sessions covered all aspects of the green economy, including green transport, green maritime technologies, environment as well as green skills.

The gathered audience witnessed both the successful, already finalized MarTech LNG project presented by Andrius Sutnikas (Science and Technology Park), and the just emerging ideas, which took stage during the pitching session.

The public debate was preceded by the presentations of the panellists. Director of the Baltic Development Forum, Flemming Stender touched upon the strength and weaknesses of Baltic Sea region. Akko Karlsson (Swedish Green Party) underlined the main challenges that lay ahead politicians when it comes to environmental issues. Prof. Tyge Kjaer, from Roskilde University shared the practices within the green tech solutions and Niels Haar Sørensen, the Director of Planning of Odsherred Municipality elaborated on green growth and jobs.

 

The panel discussion dedicated to The role of public investments for the challenges of the green South Baltic economy moderated by Sebastian Magier, Head of Euroregion Baltic Secretariat with local politicians, academics and professionals including Director of the Baltic Development Forum, Flemming Stender, Green Party representative Akko Karlsson, Prof. Tyge Kjær from Roskilde University, Director of Energy Planning of Odsherred Municipality, Niels Haar Sørensen, Lone Hylander representing the Interreg Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak Programme, Head of EIB Copenhagen office, Stephen D. Hart, Acting Head of the Joint Secretariat of the Interreg South Baltic, Igor Kaniecki proved that the cross-border co-operation has become an indispensible practice to seize opportunities and tackle environmental challenges

 

The annual event turned out to be fruitful, inspiring and offered a unique opportunity to experience the spirit of cross-border co-operation, exchange with the pioneers of green technology and to embark on future challenges as well as understand the role of public investments.

 

Please download the presentation from the event here  (pdf) 11.18 MB