Date, time: 5 October 2023, 14:30-16:00 EEST

Venue: The Great Guild (address: Amatu iela 6, Riga, Latvia)


Description of the session:

Low emission zones (LEZs) and related issues. LEZs have had a positive impact on air quality in many European cities. They are one of many measures that are implemented in cities to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Several cities in the Region have already implemented LEZs, while others plan to do so in the coming years. Challenges and benefits of implementing LEZs.



Dr. Juha Jokela, Programme Director of the EU research programme, Finnish Institute of International Affairs



Ms. Inese Andersone, Head of Riga City Development Committee, Riga City Council

Inese is the Riga City Councilor since 2017. Founder of the company “Gateway & Partners”, which deals with export consulting and is one of the leading companies of this type in the Baltics. Creator of the movement “The Red Jackets”, which awards the best export brands in Latvia.


Ms. Airi Andresson, Head of Green Transition Office, Tallinn Strategic Management Office, Tallinn City Council

In her prior professional role, since 2006 Airi worked at the Estonian National Audit Office as an auditor and audit manager overseeing environmental and agriculture audits.


Mr. Marius Pakenas, Advisor, Road and Air Transport Policy Group, Vilnius, Lithuania

Marius is a mobility expert with a background linked to the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Lithuania, where he currently advises the Road and Air Transport Policy Group. Previously, he served at the State Labour Inspectorate, where he participated in the assessment of knowledge certification commissions concerning safety and health and conducted investigations into workplace accidents.



Dr. Arvid Langenbach, Project Manager of the IWEN Energy Institute gGmbH, Rostock, Germany

Arvid has an academic background in metorology and atmospheric science.