First Dialogue Platform - Webinar Series May 12th, 19th and 26th


Virtual Dialogue on Smart Cities for Climate Mitigation

Event Timing: May 12th, 19th and 26th 2020; 2 pm - 4 pm, EEST /1 pm - 3 pm, CEST

Organizers: Tartu Regional Energy Agency, Narva mnt 3, 51009 Tartu, Estonia

Contact us at or +372 5558 1508

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The city of Tartu is at the forefront of the smart city development in Estonia. Growing from this experience, the virtual dialogue will focus on local cooperation models, presenting and comparing experiences from Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Germany, as well as on digital governance and smart climate neutral cities. Webinars are divided into three sessions: (1) Digital Public Services, (2) Smart ZeroCO2 Cities and (3) Public and Private Cooperation Models. During the sessions the experts from four countries will share their experiences and participants can present their best practices on local smart city initiatives. Participation is free but registration is required.

SESSION I: Digital Public Services

Tuesday, May 12th, Zoom teleconference

Digitalisation and the platform economy are the main drivers of the service sector for the last decade. This session will focus on the development of digital services in the public sector and asks if the new digital platforms can be used for increased participation and climate mitigation? What are expectations for digitalisation of the public domain and how accepted are they? What is the role of commercial platforms in providing public services and how are the citizens protected in the conflict of commercial interests? What are the concerns, risks and challenges of digitalisation of the public?

Time (EEST)

14:00 (EEST) / 13:00 (CEST) Opening

Introduction to EUKI and the Dialogues (Benno Keppner, adelphi)


Introduction of TREA (Marek Muiste, TREA)

14:15 Estonian experience: data in energy and environmental planning (Marek Muiste / Marten Saareoks, TREA)
14:30 Smart city data platform (Kaspar Alev, City of Tartu)
14:45 Q&A
15:00 Baltic experience: Digital public services / digital governance in Lithuania, Latvia and Germany (Živile Šimkutė; Timurs Safiuļins; Lisa Schäfer)



SESSION II: Smart ZeroCO2 Cities

Tuesday, May 19th, Zoom teleconference

The city of Tartu is introducing the experience of creating low-carbon model for smart cities in the centre of the city. Four case studies will focus on building refurbishment and developing sustainable transport modes. City officials will be available for providing additional insight during Q&A session.

Time (EEST)

14:00 (EEST) / 13:00 (CEST) Opening

Case study 1 KredEx renovation (national renovation grant) (Marek Muiste, TREA)


Case study 2 SmartEnCity renovation (Marek Muiste, TREA)




Case study 3 Zero Carbon Public Transport System (Jaanus Tamm, City of TARTU)

15:00 Case study 4 City Bike Sharing System (Jaanus Tamm, City of TARTU)
15:15 Q&A

Baltic experience: smart renovation and mobility in Latvia and Germany (Timurs Safiuļins/Nika Kotoviča; Benno Keppner)

16:00 Closing


SESSION III: Public and Private Cooperation Models

Tuesday, May 26th, Zoom teleconference

Smart city implementations are traditionally top-down initiatives, manifesting the visions of the experts and decision makers. Session 3 will explore the possibilities for more inclusive policy making, offered by new digital services and participation platforms. Cooperation with private sector and grassroot initiatives will be discussed in the context of ecological smart city services.

Time (EEST) Topic

14:00 (EEST) / 13:00 (CEST)



Local cooperation models in Estonia (Marek Muiste, TREA)


Knowledge partner experience (tbc)
14:30 Private sector experience (tbc)
14:45 Stakeholder experience (tbc)



Baltic experience: local cooperation in Latvia and Germany (Timurs Safiuļins)

15:45 Q&A
16:00 Closing