From resource to sustainable business


From resource to sustainable business -seminar, policy workshop and excursion 9th February 2017


Venue Metla-talo, Yliopistokatu 6, 80100 Joensuu (on the map)

Seminar 8:30–12:45
Policy workshop or excursion 14:00–17:00


The goal of this seminar is to discuss the topics and aims of the “GREBE – Generating Renewable Energy Business Enterprise” and “IEA Bioenergy Task 43”.

Key aspects from GREBE and IEA Bioenergy Task will be presented and the opportunities from the resource to a sustainable business for sustainable energy will be elaborated.
The seminar includes discussions around the topics
  • Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets
  • Generating Renewable Energy business
  • Mentoring & support for RE business
  • Global energy markets & opportunities for sustainable business


Excursion or GREBE policy workshop

Excursion 14:00–17:00

The excursion offers the possibility to get familiar with the Sirkkala Energy Park of the Karelia University of Applied Sciences where renewable energy technologies and solutions are tested. A small-scale CHP unit based on wood chips is operation within Sirkkala Energy Park.

The second excursion point is Kesla Oyj where participants can get familiar with the production of forest technology. There will be a bus transportation to the excursion points.


GREBE policy workshop klo 14.15 – 17.00. location: Regional Council of North Karelia, Siltakatu 2, Joensuu

The discussion will be moderated by Luke´s expert and group leader Lauri Sikanen.

Focussing on energy policy and promotion of renewable energy, the GREBE policy workshop deals with current issues from the Finnish and North Karelian point of view.  

The international energy policy view will be brought to the discussion by Michael Doran (Action Renewables, Northern Ireland), who is also the chair of the Irish Bioenergy Association and member of the board of the European Bioenergy Association AEBIOM. The results of the workshop will be utilized in drafting the roadmap towards an oil-free and low-carbon North Karelia 2040. Event presentations will be in English, it is possible to join the debate also in Finnish.


Detailed programme of the event can be found on programme page

Registration here at the latest by 31.01.2017. The seminar participation is free of charge. Registration is mandatory. Maximum number of participants to the event is 60.

See here more practical information

For further information please contact: Robert Prinz, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), robert.prinz(at), +358 50 391 3086 or Lasse Okkonen, Karelia University of Applied Sciences, lasse.okkonen(at), + 358 50 342 3582