WWF Life EconomisE KIRA-challenge

19th May 2020, 14:00–16:30 (EEST) | Online event


WWF is striving for change that ensures that basically every real estate investment from now on would be ‘future-proof’.
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We are calling all innovative companies to unlock the investment potential for resilient low-carbon building stock!

WWF is striving for change that ensures that basically every real estate investment from now on would be ‘future-proof’.

At present, the energy efficiency investments are not happening at the pace and scale needed. The different players of the real estate sector must step up to overcome the challenge. The institutional investors and real estate companies must go way beyond the business-as-usual level of energy efficiency improvements guided by the existing legislation. First and foremost, we need to ask what is adequate in light of the pressing urgency informed by climate science.

WWF’s LIFE EconomisE project demonstrates how influencing financial flows for the decarbonisation of building stock can deliver significant contributions towards 2020 and 2030 Climate and Energy targets, with special emphasis placed on working within the Paris Agreement’s temperature goals of 1.5/2°C. We also need new partners and clever solutions!

The objective is to influence the uptake of energy efficiency measures and to bring about a shift towards low-carbon investment, explicitly focused on decarbonisation of buildings and improved climate resilience. We cannot afford missed opportunities – therefore strong collaboration and partnerships with forward-thinking organisations, big or small, is greatly needed. 

The jury of the KIRA-challenge


Anna Hyrske

Head of Responsible Investments


Sari Raunio

Property Development Director


Eero Sihvonen

Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President


Michael Ambjorn

Managing Director

Companies selected to pitch their solutions:

    From applicants around the world, selected companies listed above were invited to join the WDBE2020 online event on 19th May where all pitches are streamed to the global WDBE audience via wdbe.org. The winners selected by our jury, will get the opportunity to present their solutions alongside WWF showcase at the international World Summit on Digital Built Environment 2020 Showroom on 29.–30. September 2020!

    Event Agenda

    Our jury and detailed agenda will be published here closer to the event.

    Opening Words
    Liisa Rohweder, Secretary General, WWF Finland
    Welcome & introduction of the Jury
    Teemu Lehtinen, CEO, KIRAHub
    Vincent Kuo, Co-founder, VXT Research
    Pitching starts
    Round #1
    Pitching continues
    Round #2
    Helsinki Energy Challenge
    The jury makes their decision
    Laura Uuttu-Deschryvere
    Winners revealed


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    This event is part of WDBE2020 programme

    World Summit on the Digital Built Environment 2020 brings together professionals from the public and private sector globally. This year our summit offers global pre-events and three exciting, action packed days in Helsinki, Tallinn and on the boat in between.

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