The international project KS11173, Cool4City, Clean Green City by Smart Waste Management, which is implemented under the Russia-South-East Finland 2014-2020
Cross-Border Cooperation Program, was presented on October 26, 2021 in St. Petersburg as part of the Green Day of the XIX All-Russian Forum “Strategic planning in regions and cities of Russia: reality 2020 and agenda of the decade”.

Head of the Department of Innovative and International Projects St. Petersburg State Unitary Enterprise “St. Petersburg Information and Analytical Center” Maria Kuzko at the sprint session “Innovative platform and tools for the transition to a cyclical economy to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Baltic Sea Region” presented the goals, objectives, consortium of partners and the planned results of the project “Environmentally friendly urban environment through rational waste management” (KS11173, Cool4City), spoke about the round table “Rational waste management to ensure sustainable development of the region”, which will be held on November 18 within the framework of the Meeting of the working group of IT leaders of the regions RF “IT Dialogue 2021”.

During the discussion, the speakers and participants noted that the synergy of key international projects in the field of ecology can become a tool for the transition to a cyclical economy and the achievement of the SDGs in the Baltic Sea region, which will facilitate the exchange of experience and best practices, ensure sustainable development of the border region, as well as the implementation of global and regional strategies.

To establish such synergy, within the framework of the forum, a memorandum of understanding was signed on the formation of an innovative platform – the flagship project “Cluster of Sustainable Development 2030” for communicating the best practices of international projects in the field of sustainable development in a circular economy. The aim of the memorandum is to ensure a high quality of life for people in the Baltic Sea region through sustainable development of the urban environment in a circular economy. Representatives of more than 8 environmental projects took part in the signing of the memorandum.

All participants exchanged contacts, discussed the future of sustainable development of border regions, possible projects in the field of clean technologies, ways to stimulate green investments and much more.