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  • Lead-organizer: Poland
  • 11:00 - 12:30
  • Date: 20 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-A

GreenEvo-best practices in endogenous development and transfer of gree

Organizing partners

Ministry of the Environment

Introduction

"GreenEvo ? best practices in endogenous development and transfer of green technologies"

Sustainable development should include the endogenous development of environmentally sound technologies. Poland will share its experiences in its transformation towards knowledge-based and green economy and reveal how its GreenEvo - Green Technology Accelerator project helped build local industry, reduce the need for foreign imports and abolish barriers to environmental technology development and transfer. The presentation will cover practical aspects of GreenEvo technology verification framework and present success stories, which could inspire other governments and prove that by co-operation with the business and science, every country can benefit from the green economy?s contribution to sustainable development and poverty eradication.

Detailed programme

An important element of the national sustainable development strategy is the endogenous development of environmentally sound technologies, achieved by means of establishing relevant industries, knowledge bases and implementation frameworks. The presentation will focus on best practices from Poland, based on the experiences of GreenEvo project.
In the late 1980s, Poland started the transformation from a centrally-planned economy, which used to disregard many of the sustainable development principles. Within the subsequent 30 years, the country had ?cleaned? and ?greened? its economy, by dramatically reducing industrial pollution as well as improving its production and consumption patterns. Now, it is willing to share experiences and help other countries acquire knowledge and competencies, which are necessary to achieve a similar transformation.
Participants of the side event will learn how Poland dealt with its transformation towards knowledge-based and green economy. The efforts required implementation of environmentally sound technologies and substantial investments. A reason for concerns was the related influx of foreign technology imports, needed to accomplish the environmental commitments, as well as the perceived inequality in international trade balances and barriers to effective technology development and transfer in Poland.
The GreenEvo project (Green Technology Accelerator) was initiated by the Ministry of the Environment, Poland, in order to stimulate local economy and support environment protection. It rested on the free market principles, compliant with the WTO regime and the principles of sustainability. The government did not intervene in the market but acted as a facilitator, using soft instruments to stimulate the development, sharing and use of technology and business knowledge.
GreenEvo is a brand name for the best local environmental technologies, and the project involves their comprehensive verification and selection. The government identifies the best green technologies and their suppliers, thus promoting endogenous technological development and motivating small and medium enterprises. Under the technology verification framework, the proven and innovative technologies are recommended by the government. The project also encourages the development of relevant intellectual property in Poland by means of Research & Development and international co-operation.
Particular challenges of the project were related to the needs to assure transparency and accountability of the technology selection and verification processes to build confidence in the government-led quality assurance scheme.
GreenEvo resulted in successful international transfers of environmental technologies and best practices from Poland. The presentation will suggest, how to make local solutions competitive when compared with large multinational enterprises, offering commercial alternatives. It offers a win-win formula for other countries, promoting sustainable development, stimulating the growth of green economy and local industries, dealing with environmentally sound technologies.
The presentation will also cover practical examples of GreenEvo success stories in technology areas related to: preserving biodiversity, re-cultivation of soil, water and vegetation and biomass solutions for farmers. They could inspire other governments and prove that by co-operation with the business and science, every country can benefit from the green economy?s contribution to sustainable development and poverty eradication.
Speakers: Mr. Marcin Korolec ? Minister of the Environment, Ms. Beata Jaczewska ? Undersecretary of State, Ministry of the Environment, Ms. Agnieszka Kozlowska-Korbicz ? Head of GreenEvo project, Ministry of the Environment; Prof. Krzysztof Klincewicz - Coordinator of the Experts Team at GreenEvo, Green Technology Accelerator, Ministry of the Environment, and Member of Technology Executive Committee, UNFCCC
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