• Programme

Empowering Cities: Accelerating the Green Energy Transition

Please note that the programme is subject to change.

Monday, 4 September 2023

14:45 - 15:00
Gathering and welcome
Duration: 15 min

Gathering at the reception area of hotel L'Embitu for the field visits

15:00 - 18:30
Field visits, according to your prior registration:
Duration: 210 min

• Smart City and Urban Innovation
• European Green Capital Tallinn Flagship Projects


Both tours start and end at Hotel L'Embitu

18:30 - 20:30
Welcome reception
Duration: 120 min

Venue: Restaurant ROOF, Hotel L'Embitu, 6th floor

Tuesday, 5 September 2023

Venue: Hotel L'Embitu Rooftop Conference Centre
Moderator: Mr Johannes Tralla, Editor and Presenter, Estonian Public Broadcasting

08:30 - 09:00
Registration and morning coffee
Duration: 30 min
09:00 - 09:10
Opening words
Duration: 10 min
  • Mr Mihhail Kõlvart, Mayor, City of Tallinn
09:10 - 09:30
Keynote speech
Duration: 20 min
  • Mrs Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Energy, European Commission
09:30 - 11:00
High level political dialogue: "Cities driving the energy transition"
Duration: 90 min
  • Mrs Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Energy, European Commission
  • Mrs Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor, City of Helsinki
  • Mr Markku Markkula, Vice Chairman, European Comittee of Regions
  • Mr Mihhail Kõlvart, Mayor, City of Tallinn

Moderated by Mr Johannes Tralla, Editor and Presenter, Estonian Public Broadcasting

11:00 - 11:30
Coffee break
Duration: 30 min
11:30 - 12:30
Tallinn's energy sector challenges and solutions
Duration: 60 min
  • Mr Jarek Kurnitski, Director, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Tallinn University of Technology
  • Mr Rober Kitt, Chairman of the Board, Utilitas Tallinn
  • Mr Aare Vabamägi, Energy Efficiency Project Manager, Tallinn City Property Department

Moderated by Mr Johannes Tralla, Editor and Presenter, Estonian Public Broadcasting

12:30 - 13:30
Duration: 60 min

Venue: Restaurant ROOF, Hotel L'Embitu, 6th floor

13:30 - 15:00
Accelarating the transition: Local solutions
Duration: 90 min
  • Mrs Dalila Sepúlveda, Head of Environmental Division, Municipality of Guimarães
  • Mr Joaquim Carvalho, Municipal Director for Energy and Climate Change, Municipality of Guimarães

  • Mr Jānis Ikaunieks, Director, Riga Energy Agency

  • Mr Mindaugas Sinkevičius, Mayor, City of Jonava and Jonava District Municipality and President of the Association of Local Authorities in Lithuania

Moderated by Mr Andres Jaadla, Estonian National Ambassador for Covenant of Mayors

15:00 - 15:30
Conclusions and farewell drinks
Duration: 30 min
16:30 - 19:15
*SIDE EVENT* Networking and Mayor’s Reception prior to the Open Government Partnership Summit in Tallinn
Duration: 165 min

As a pre-event of the Open Government Partnership Global Summit held in Tallinn on Tallinn on 6-7 September 2023, Tallinn European Green Capital 2023 will organise an interactive panel discussion “Staying cool or firing up? Turbocharging SDG progress through citizen engagement in the North and South”, taking place at the Teachers’ House (Raekoja plats 14) and followed by a networking reception in the Tallinn Old Town Hall. Covenant of Mayors conference delegates are cordially invited to join. Further details can be found here. In case of interest, please register here by 24 August latest.

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Contacts of organiser

Tallinn, Harju maakond, Estonia