International Seminar on Cross-Border Technologies
The international seminar "Waste or Valuable Raw Materials?" was held in PetrSU within the Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation Program and was dedicated to cross-border technologies and innovations as well as the environmental security of cross-border cooperation between Finland and Russia.
The seminar was held in the framework of the Karelia CBC Program.
The seminar was organized by Kajaani University of Applied Sciences and Petrozavodsk State University.
Vasilii Katarov, Vice-Rector for Discipline and Social Work of PetrSU, welcomed the participants of the seminar and noted the high relevance of the meeting agenda.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Republic of Karelia and the Ministry of the Environment of Finland were invited to the opening session of the seminar, which specified the legal aspects of waste management, the current situation, regional perspectives in the field of waste management.
Seminar topics were divided into 2 main areas: waste management and wastewater treatment systems.
Marko Ruokangas, as a Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation Program representative, informed the participants of the seminar about the goals and objectives of cross-border cooperation projects and evaluated the prospects for a new competition in 2021-2027.
Mikhail Romanenko, a representative of Avtospestrans LLC, outlined the challenges of improving the waste management system in the Republic of Karelia.
Mauri Saastomoinen from the Entrinki Recycling Center presented Finland's experience in finding working and viable recycling solutions.
Anu Koskela, a representative of the regional Finnish waste management operator Ekokymppi, shared her experience in educating the public on waste management: she gave account of the educational perspective of the company, demonstrated the benefits from cooperation with the company, and outlined positive prospects for the company's development.
Sergey Tushev, one of the co-founders of EcoCenter Sborka (Moscow) shared his experience regarding creative solutions to the problems of waste management. He described the organization of waste collection and disposal, demonstrated the stimulation system for the population, a large-scale awareness-raising work.
Activists from PetrSU joined the seminar, reporting on the experience of environmentalists in Karelia. Maria Dochinets presented a report.
Further reports were devoted to sewage treatment and sewage sludge treatment. Mikko Ahokas from company Macon delivered the first presentation on "Examples of New Technologies for Sewage Treatment".
Janne Ekholm from company Sauter Biogas Finland told about biogas technologies.
Harri Kohonen from Valmet Automation Oy told about a long history of work in the field of automation and methods of reducing the amount of sewage sludge during its processing, including the use of microwave technology for treating sewage sludge under high pressure.
Also, Vitalii Ostapchuk, director of the company in Petrozavodsk PKS-Vodokanal JSC, covered the practices in sludge composting in sewage treatment facilities.
Lecturer of PetrSU Elena Grafova provided a review of the ongoing project KA 4020 on sewage sludge treatment.
In addition, the progress of the ongoing environmental projects KA 10013 SUSWAM, KA11000 REMAC, KA10020 PeatStop in the framework of cooperation with the Kajaani University of Applied Sciences has been emphasized.
At the conclusion of the seminar, Valentina Gorbunova from Karelvodokanal LLC (Sortavala) shared her experience of participation in international projects, allowing Sortavala to be a district that solves utility problems at a high level.
During the seminar, participants shared their experiences and comments.