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 ‘’’’ 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


October 2015


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


Arno Behrens
Head of Energy and Research Fellow, CEPS
Vasileios Rizos
Researcher, CEPS
Oliver Greenfield
Convenor, Green Economy Coalition (GEC)

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

October 2015
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CEPS Conference room

Place du Congrès 1 - 1000 Brussels