The Green Sessions "from Policy to Practice” is an initiative from Natureherit Design & Consult to create multi-actor dialogues to improve the overview and understanding of policies and practices relating to climate action and green-circular economy for regions worldwide.
Starting with a "Roadmap of Exchanges", the Green Sessions are seeking to stimulate and assist local actions related to the green circular economy, create new jobs in the green economy, and inspire ideas for more green growth.
A partner event of EU Green Week 2017, the first Green Session was about EU-China cooperation and took place in Info-Point Europa in Brussels.
Held on the eve of the EU-China Summit in Brussels (1-2 June), the Session gathered speakers from UN Environment, European Commission, European Parliament, EU Investment Bank, Sichuan University, EU Committee of Regions, the College of Europe, Brussels Reigion, and Clean Air Asia.
Views were exchanged on various topics, including EU and Chinese climate policy and implementations; collective climate action initiatives such as the Global Covenant of Mayors; climate actions from Chinese cities; and the Clean Air Asia initiative.
The participants also discussed the role of regional climate-related policies, urban mobility - such as the development of bicycle and car sharing projects and the urban freight transport planning
Future Green Sessions will see more dialogues on climate action and green-circular economy, with representatives from various institutions, sectors and public authorities of different regions.
In a broader context, a variety of actions are helping to boost green investments and green-circular economy process in EU-China and across the “Belt and Road”. Green financial instruments, such as the European Investment Bank's Climate Awareness Funds, and city exchange programmes, including the European Commission's International Urban Cooperation (IUC) programme, are some examples.
For audio and video recordings of the event, click here.
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Image: Mr. Jo Leinen, Member of European Parliament, Ms. Xiaoying Liu from Natureherit and Mr. Duncan Freeman from College of Europe at the first Green Session.