Demystifying the EU Taxonomy for Nordic SMEs – Best practices and guidelines for companies seeking growth financing 

Thursday 11 November 2021 

10:00 – 12:00 EET / UTC+2 

Location: Nordic COP26 Hub Helsinki (Kaisaniemenkatu 9, see map) + online streaming 

Organised in collaboration with Green by Iceland & Business Sweden 

What does EU taxonomy alignment mean? How can small and medium-sized companies integrate the taxonomy mindset in their operations?  Understanding the EU Taxonomy will be critical for SMEs especially when seeking financing. The workshop will share best practices from green Nordic companies and practical guidelines from investors. 

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Please register for the event in Helsinki or for the online streaming to receive streaming link directly via email.

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The event will be streamed through www.wedonthavetime.org.

Agenda 

Moderator: Ms. Josefin Hoviniemi, Head of Communications, Nefco 

10:00 Welcome and introductions
10:10 Introduction to the EU Taxonomy – Sören Berg Rasmussen, Investment Manager, Nefco
10:30 Case: Thor Ice Chilling Solutions, Iceland + feedback from the expert panel
10:50 Case: Noaq Flood Protection, Sweden + feedback from the expert panel
11:10 Case: Sensible 4, Finland + feedback from the expert panel
11:30  Discussion and Q&A
11:50  Conclusions
12:00 Closing of the event 

Expert Panel

Mirka LummaaMirka Lummaa, Senior Advisor, Gaia Consulting 

Mirka has solid experience in financial world from corporate, banking and sustainability perspectives. She works at Gaia Consulting providing advisory services to both corporate and financial sector clients on identifying business opportunities and risks related to sustainability and how to integrate sustainability into business to create value for both shareholders and stakeholders. Prior to Gaia Consulting, she worked as CFO in corporate sector as well as led Corporate Banking business at Danske Bank in Finland, in which role she was the member of the country leadership team of the bank as well as of Nordic Corporate and Institutional Banking leadership team. Gaia Consulting is a Consultancy for Sustainable Business. It has one of the most experienced teams in the world and has helped well over 2,000 clients to make the world safer and cleaner. 

 

Mikko ElorantaMikko Eloranta, Head of Sustainable Finance Nordic, Danske Bank 

Mikko heads Danske Bank’s Sustainable Finance Nordic team, which is responsible for the integration of sustainability considerations into Danske’s large corporate client offering and dialogue in Finland, Sweden and Norway. Mikko has been working within Sustainable Finance since 2018 and he has expertise, for instance, within green and sustainability-linked debt products, corporate ESG actions and sustainable finance regulation. 

 

Agusta ThorbergsdóttirÁgústa Thorbergsdóttir, Managing Director, Navigo 

Ágústa is the founder and owner of Navigo Consulting and has over 20 years of experience working internationally and in Iceland. She is an expert on EU climate and energy policy and taxonomy, as well as financing from IFIs. Ágústa has worked closely with companies and investors across Europe on strategy and funding, and she advises on policy and legal frameworks. 

 

 

Picture of Søren Berg RasmussenSøren Berg Rasmussen, Investment Manager, Nefco

Søren works as Investment Manager at Nefco and helps Nordic SMEs scale up their green solution and go international. He has almost five years of experience in international financial institutions. Before Nefco, he worked as Senior Planning Officer in the City of Helsinki’s Enterprise Services’ Growth Team helping young companies internationalise their business. Søren also has experience in integration of highly skilled immigrants in Finland and a background in Political Science and International Law.

 

Case companies 

Thor Ice Chilling Solutions, Iceland 

Thor Ice Chilling Solutions is a high-tech startup that specialises in developing, producing, and managing slurry ice systems for rapid chilling of fresh foods.  Thor Ice solutions help secure food safety, extend product shelf life and eliminate harmful bacteria without using chemicals. Nominated for the Nordic Council Environment Prize in 2021. 

Noaq Flood Protection, Sweden 

NOAQ Flood Protection ABis a Swedish company that builds modern, reusable mobile flood barriers that can be quickly deployed at risk of flooding and removed just as fast. There is a major and increasing need for more efficient and faster flood protection with the foreseen changes in climate. 

Sensible 4, Finland 

Sensible 4 develops software for all-weather autonomous vehicles. It has created a ground-breaking and unique self-driving technology that aims to change the way people move by bringing a new level of accessibility to cities.With the help of company’s software, self-driving cars and robot buses can operate all-year around. 

Sign up for the event 

Please register for the event in Helsinki or for the online streaming to receive streaming link directly via email.  

Sign up for the event by 10 November

Event Partners

This event is organised in collaboration with Green by Iceland & Business Sweden.

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Contacts

Anni Rein

Communications Manager

+358 10 618 0852
+358 40 750 4740
anni.rein@nefco.int
Finnish, English