Photos: Kesla Oyj, J. Laitila, P. Tommola


Updated printable version, 16.9.2015 (pdf)

Thursday, Forum day, 17 September

Louhela Hall, Länsikatu 15, Joensuu Science Park


Opening session

Chair: Forestry Counsellor Marja Kokkonen, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland

9.00 Opening, Barents Euro-Arctic Council, Committee of Senior Officials, Chair of the Committee Marja-Leena Vuorenpää, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
9.10 Barents Forest Sector Task Force, Chairman, Ministerial Adviser Tatu Torniainen, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland
9.20 North Karelia – creating wealth from bioeconomy, Regional Planning Manager Pasi Pitkänen, Regional Council of North Karelia
9.50 Financing of forest sector investments in Northwest Russia/Northern Europe, Communications Manager Mikael Sjövall, NEFCO
10.30 Coffee break
11.00 Intensification and sustainability of forestry in the growing bioeconomy, Professor (Forest bioeconomy) Jyrki Kangas, University of Eastern Finland
11.30 Investment potential of Russian forest sector, Senior Researcher Eugene Lopatin, Natural Resources
Institute Finland (Luke)
12.00 New Concept for Biorefinery mill integrates – perspectives for bio-economy in Finnish Lapland (Biotalouden näkymät Lapissa), Customer Advisor Heikki Nivala, Metsäkeskus, Kemijärvi
12.30 Lunch

Wood Value Chains and Forest Energy

Chair: Executive Director Pekka Nuutinen, Joensuu Regional Development Company (Josek)

14.00 Role of Northern European forestry in the energy production chain, Managing Director Timo Saarelainen, Green Fuel Nordic Oy
14.25 Perspectives for bioenergy in Russia, production of solid biofuels and possibilities for Finnish-Russian cooperation in the sector, Managing Director Olga Rakitova, INFOBIO
14.50 Wood chips and pellets utilization tendency in bioenergy production in Finland, Sweden and some other European countries 2000-2016, Research Scientist Johanna Routa, Natural Resources Institute Finland
15.10 Boreal Forest Platform as a tool to reach a balance between development of forest industry and protection of high conservation values, Deputy Head Alexander Kostenko, GFTN Russia
15.20 Coffee break
15.50 Sustainable Building Construction as a Driver to Bioeconomy, Senior Research Scientist Henrik Heräjärvi, Natural Resources Institute Finland Luke
16.15 Case Norway: 15 years of investment in competence and innovation - Results in the wood construction sector, Advisor Benjam A. Øveraas, Innovation Norway, Sustainability Division (the Government institution for innovation and development
16.40 Public buildings from wood, Technical Director Anu Näätänen, Town of Joensuu
17.05 Use of Cross Laminated Timber in wood construction, Managing Director Juha Virta, Crosslam Kuhmo Oy
17.30 Closing of the Forum Day
19.00 Evening reception. Town of Joensuu, Town Hall (Rantakatu 20)

Excursion day

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Departure from
- Linnunlahti Camping
- Hotel Greenstar
- Hotel Vaakuna
- Hotel Kimmel
9.00-11.30 Innovative forest industry production, Stora Enso, Enocell Pulp Mill, Uimaharju
Production of dissolving cellulose, Technical Customer Service Manager, Sirpa Välimaa
Bioenergy power plant, Sauli Purho, Mill Manager

Local district heating by bioenergyUrpo Hassinen, Eno Energy Cooperative, local energy plant Uimaharju (1 MW)
11.30 Lunch
13.00 Wooden house/building construction objects
14.30 Closing of the excursion day in Joensuu City Center

The programme is subject to change.
There is no participation fee to the forum or excursion. The Forum languages are English and Russian.