#EURegionsWeek

Regional and local involvement for green transition

Tue 8, October 2019
09:15 - 10:45 CET

Despite a clear environmental commitment at the international and EU level, with the Paris agreement and the recent EU 2050 carbon-neutral strategy, the concrete implementation of those top-down objectives is sometimes difficult to grasp, leading to citizens demonstrations demanding governments act on their promises. During this event moderated by an expert in citizens' inclusion, the participating regions and cities will present their on-going efforts to foster the involvement of local stakeholders in the energy transition and in the fight against climate change, before an open debate about their projects and a Q&A session.

The projects of the partners present citizens’ dialogue and involvement at various levels: from the local/city level to the national level by going through the national and intercity level:

  • Attractive Towns is a project developped in Mid Norway which fosters achieving increased participation and cooperation with citizens for an attractive and sustainable urban development. The partners’ towns use a common methodology to complete projects aimed at fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The city of Elbag as a "Green city" (Warmia-Mazury), with the objective of implementing in the city the principles of sustainable urban development. They put an emphasis on innovation and development of new technologies.
  • The local "COP21" developed by Métropole Rouen Normandie (Normandy) that aimed to replicate the multistakeholder approach that led to the Paris agreement.
  • Klimathon, organised in West Norway for two years, is a ‘hackathon’, designed to bring together civil society, businesses, researchers and local authorities to find solutions to specific, local climate challenges for a greener society.
  • The regional COP implemented in Centre-Val de Loire aims at co-creating an agreement tackling climate change and promoting energy and environmental transition with all regional stakeholders, including civil society, in a similar fashion to the local "COP21" developped in Métropole Rouen Normandie, but on a regional scale.
Joachim Ott, Head of Unit (Citizens' Dialogue), DG for Communication, Belgium.
Solène BENOÎT-HERNANDEZ, Member of the cabinet of President of the Centre-Val de Loire Region, Région Centre-Val de Loire, France.
Daria Bieńkuńska, Director of the Environmental Protection Department, Municipal Office in Elblag (Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship in Poland), Poland.
Agnès Grandou, Project officer, Métropole Rouen Normandie, France.
Mathew Alexander Stiller-Reeve, Senior researcher, NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS ; Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, Norway.
Grete Waaseth, Advisor public planning and R&D, Steinkjer municipality, Norway.
08WS364
Workshop
A greener Europe
Centre-Val de Loire, Limerick, Mid-Norway, Normandy, Warmia-Mazury, West Norway
English (EN)
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Address: Rue Archimède 17 - 1000 Brussels

Session summary

Despite a clear environmental commitment at international and EU level, with the Paris agreement and the recent EU 2050 carbon-neutral strategy, the concrete implementation of these top-down objectives is sometimes difficult to grasp, leading to citizens' demonstrations demanding that governments act on their promises.

During this event, moderated by an expert in citizen participation from the European Commission, the participating regions and cities presented their on-going efforts to foster the involvement of local stakeholders in the green transition and in the fight against climate change.

The presented projects all dealt with citizens' dialogue and involvement at various levels, from the local/city level to the national level and including the intercity level:

  • Attractive Towns is a project developed in Norway which fosters increased participation and cooperation with citizens for attractive and sustainable urban development. The partners' towns use a common methodology to complete projects aimed at fulfilling the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • The city of Elbag as a "green city" (Warmia-Mazury) aims to implement the principles of sustainable urban development. They emphasise innovation and development of new technologies.
  • The local "COP21" developed by Métropole Rouen Normandie (Normandy), which aimed to replicate the multistakeholder approach that led to the Paris agreement.
  • Klimathon, organised in western Norway for two years, is a "hackathon", designed to bring together civil society, businesses, researchers and local authorities to find solutions to specific, local climate challenges for a greener society.
  • The regional COP implemented in Centre-Val de Loire aims at co-creating an agreement tackling climate change and promoting energy and environmental transition with all regional stakeholders, including civil society, in a similar fashion to the local "COP21" developed in Métropole Rouen Normandie, but on a regional scale.

Presentations were followed by a panel discussion in which each speaker explained how their project addressed a barrier to citizen involvement in the green transistion that was identified by the audience.

The panel discussion led to further questions from the audience, notably on the socioeconomic factors affecting the involvement of citizens in the green transition.

Take away message

Democracy and citizen participation are at the heart of a successful green transition.

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  • Posted by: Andreia MAFRA
    On: 08/10/2019 - 11:44am

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