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Accelerating the Transition to a Green Economy in Europe: National-regional strategies and the new Sustainable Development Goals

Energy, climate change and the environment

CEPS Conference room
Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels

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Accelerating the Transition to a Green Economy in Europe: National-regional strategies and the new Sustainable Development Goals


In recent years, and in the face of numerous and interconnected global economic, climate and food crises, the concept of a green economy has been at the centre of policy and academic debates. At the EU level, a number of policy initiatives, including the EU 2020 strategy, the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe and the 7th Environment Action Programme, propose measures to put the EU economy on a sustainable trajectory. In response to international and EU commitments, EU member states have also adopted strategies and programmes aimed at contributing to a greener development pathway.

The concepts of green economy and sustainable development received significant attention in the context of the discussions about the post-2015 United Nations development agenda and the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in September 2015. Building on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), whose target date was set for 2015, the SDGs will have a universal scope and will address all three dimensions of sustainability: social, economic and environmental.

Drawing on the results of the NETGREEN project, which aims to advance progress towards a green economy, this conference will include two sessions with expert panels. The first session will deal with national and regional green economy strategies and will highlight best practices. It will also address challenges faced by policy-makers as well as suitable indicators to measure progress. The second session will deal with the post-2015 UN development agenda, focusing on the new and universal SDGs. Challenges and opportunities arising from implementing the SDGs will be discussed, as well as the crucial question of how progress will be measured and monitored.

The conference will include a presentation of the ‘’measuring-progress.eu’’ web tool, which aims to improve the way policy-makers and other stakeholders involved in the policy process can access, understand and use green economy indicators.

The Conference starts at 10:00 with registration & coffee. Lunch will be served between 13:00 and 14:00

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Proceedings of the event

Presentations of the speakers

Arno Behrens
Arno Behrens

Associate Senior Research Fellow

Speakers list
Sirpa Pietikäinen

MEP, Rapporteur of the European Parliament report on resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy

Cristiana Pasca-Palmer

Head of Unit, DG International Cooperation & Development, European Commission

Christian Ballaro

Policy Officer, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Gisele Mueller

Research Analyst, Green Economy Initiative, UNEP

Luc Bas

Director, European Regional Office, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Mark Overman

Senior Policy Officer for Green Economy, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Netherlands

Anna Kárníková

Head of Sustainable Development Unit, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic

Valentin Alfaya

Quality and Environment Director, Ferrovial, Spain

Janos Zlinszky

Director of the Sustainable Development Academy, Regional Environmental Center, Hungary

Angel Hsu

Director of the Environmental Performance Measurement program, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

Nina Weitz

Research Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

Lucas Porsch

NETGREEN Project Coordinator, Senior Fellow, Ecologic Institute