GreenEST Summit is looking for solutions to the raw material crisis

The green revolution is not only about more environmentally friendly behaviour, but also requires a significant change in both the extraction of raw materials and the development of new business models. Solutions to the raw material crisis are being sought at the largest international greentech event in the region, the GreenEST Summit, this year taking place on October 27–28 in the Creative Hub in Tallinn.

“Natural resources and energy are used in all areas of life in one way or another. While each of us can help spare the environment, it is critical to start green investments quickly. Otherwise, we will soon have trouble even meeting everyday needs,” said Helen Sooväli-Sepping, Vice-Rector of the Green Revolution in TalTech. She explained that politicians and companies have a key role to play here – on the one hand, we need money, and on the other hand, ideas. “But the most critical thing is to actually get something done, because raw materials are running out.”

Ragmar Saksing, Tehnopol’s head of greentech, said that for quite a while, it has been obvious that the current economic and business models are not sustainable from an environmental perspective. “Nature has posed a challenge to entrepreneurship, which requires thinking outside the box. Entrepreneurs are looking for and have found new ways to run their businesses more sustainably. We will take a closer look at these topics at the GreenEST Summit. The public sector, entrepreneurs and investors will receive clear instructions on how to succeed using greentech,” said Saksing.

In addition to investments in raw materials and green economy, the GreenEST Summit will focus on biobased economy, the smart city concept, and just transition and energy. The event that is being organised for the fourth time brings together leading experts from both Estonia and the world to discuss current problems, alternatives, and solutions.

Participants of discussions include Massimo Gasparon (European Raw Materials Alliance at EIT RawMaterials), Marleena Ahonen (Sitra), Thor Sigfusson (Iceland Ocean Cluster), Tom Boesschaert (Except Integrated Sustainability), Ralf-Martin Soe (TalTech Finest Centre for Smart Cities), Merit Valdsalu (Single.Earth), Mihkel Kaevats (Climate-neutral Tallinn).

In addition to inspiring speakers, there will be engaging panel discussions and modern greentech companies showcasing their innovative energy-efficient solutions. More information about the conference:

GreenEST Summit, created under the leadership of the science and business campus Tehnopol, is an international greentech event that brings together the most important topics and the latest developments in the field. The conference is being held for the fourth time. The event is organised by Tallinn University of Technology, Tehnopol Science and Business Park, Pakri Science and Industrial Park, the Nordic Council of Ministers, Cleantech ForEst, Sunly and the Environmental Investment Centre.

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