Environmental Crime Seminar

Environmental Crime Seminar 2021

EVENT: Seminar (Invite only)
DATE: Thursday and Friday 7 and 8 October 2021
PLACE: Sibelius Hall, Ankkurikatu 7, 15140 Lahti, Finland

Lahti is the European Green Capital in 2021. As a part of the Green Capital year, the Police is organising a seminar in Lahti, targeted at the authorities and focusing on topical environmental crime issues.

The seminar will discuss current environmental criminality from the perspective of cooperation between the authorities, and will deal with waste, cross-border waste flows and waste-related (organised) crime.

The international array of knowledgeable speakers is a guarantee of expertise in the topics.
The seminar target group are the pretrial investigation and supervisory authorities involved in environmental issues, and the seminar with its evening programme provides an outstanding setting for networking both nationally and internationally.

The seminar is a part of the further police training programme offered by the Police University College.

The picture shows large plastic canisters. In the foreground are the logos of Lahti European Green Capital and the Police University College.

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Thursday 7 October

  • 10.00‒10.30 Registration and coffee
  • 10.30‒10.45 Welcome ‒ Maria Ohisalo (virtual), Minister of the Interior, Finnish Government and Sirkku Hildén, Chairman of the board at City of Lahti
  • 10.45‒11.30 Introduction to the Pretrial Investigation of Environmental Crimes in Finland and Best Practices in Investigating Environmental Crimes ‒ Riku Lindqvist, Detective Chief Inspector/National Environmental Crime Coordinator at the National Bureau of Investigation
  • 11:30‒12.30 Cooperation between Pretrial Investigation and Environmental Law Enforcement Authorities ‒ Panel Discussion ‒ Terhi Kankaanranta (virtual), Senior Researcher at the Police University College, Heidi Nummela, District Prosecutor of the Prosecution District of Southern Finland, Maria-Pia Karppela, Lawyer at the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in Pirkanmaa, Minna Riski, Senior Detective Superintendent, Häme Police Department
  • 12:30‒13:30 Lunch @ Metsähalli
  • 13:30‒15:00 Shipments of Waste Enforcement Actions Project, IMPEL ‒ Katie Olley (virtual), Producer, Compliance and Waste Shipment Unit at the Scottish Environment Protection Agency
  • 15:00‒15.30 Coffee break
  • 15:30‒16:30 Impact of Environmental Crimes on EU Member States ‒ Mario Pellegrino, ESOCC EU Organised Crime Unit, EnviCrime Europol
  • Check in at hotels
  • 18:30‒20.30 Evening Programme

Friday 8 October

  • 9:00‒10:00 Case study: Bio diesel fraud and the negative impact on reaching our climate goals ‒ Edwin Lakerveld Msc, Director, Special Intelligence and Investigation Service on environmental crime, the Netherlands
  • 10:00‒11.00 EMPACT Priority Concerning Environmental Crime: EU Policy Cycle 2018‒ 2021, Impact of European Cooperation ‒ Christian Tournié (virtual), Lieutenant-colonel of Gendarmerie nationale and driver of environmental crime EMPACT and deputy head of OCLAESP* for european and international affairs (*Central Office for Fight against Environmental and Public Health Crime)
  • 11.00‒11.30 Coffee break
  • 11:30‒12:30 Investigating Significant Environmental Crimes in the U.S. and Case Study, Federal Bureau of Investigation, USA
  • 12:30‒13.00 Closing words by the seminar hosts – a summary and a look into the future -Minna Riski, Senior Detective Superintendent, Häme Police Department
  • 13:00‒14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00‒16:00 Optional site visits: Technical Visit to Lahti – European Green Capital 2021 Guided tours are organised in companies pioneering in environmental work and cleantech businesses in Lahti that are among the elite in their industry. On your visit, you will get to know the solutions of the City of Lahti and the groundbreaking environmental actions of city-owned companies and local businesses. Destinations include Salpakierto Waste Management Ltd and Lahti Aqua
  • Lahti Aqua visit: please get raedy to perform Your vaccination certificate or a certificate of a laboratory confirmed coronavirus disease that has been diagnosed within 6 months: finnish citizens will find the certificate from OmaKanta. In case You don’t have the certificate, You can participate an outdoor Lahti harbour tour instead, and then join the Salpakierto bus tour

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Sibelius Hall


Järven rannalla suuri puinen rakennus, joka on Lahden Sibeliustalo.

Sibelius Hall is located by the beautiful Lake Vesijärvi very close to the city center. Sibelius Hall is a congress- and concert center. Modern wooden architecture is combined with old industrial history in the most interesting way. The Main Hall capacity is 1100 seats. A high-level online streaming production is a key element of this hybrid event. Both the organiser and the event venue have a lot of experience of hybrid events since the beginning of the pandemic situation in 2020. 

The very spacious Forest Hall and the stunning lake scenery create an incredible atmosphere for lunch and coffee breaks. A view to Lake Vesijärvi opens from every room of the Congress Wing. 



City of Lahti 

Lahti is the European Green Capital 2021 and a bold environmental city of 120,000 inhabitants in Southern Finland an hour away from Helsinki. Lahti is a forerunner in climate action and internationally known for its water protection initiatives and innovative circular economy solutions. Lahti pledges to be carbon-neutral by 2025, as the first major city in Finland. 

Lahti is a rapidly developing provincial centre. The services of a major city and the close proximity to numerous lakes and nature give Lahti an unique image and plenty of options for free time. The dense and urban city centre is surrounded by the Salpausselkä ridges and Lake Vesijärvi, which reaches all the way to Lake Päijänne. 

Read more: greenlahti.fi (linkki: https://greenlahti.fi/en)