On 22 February 2018 (5:00 - 6:45 PM CET), the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) is hosting a launch event and panel discussion on the theme of Green Industrial Policies for Transformative Change in Geneva, Switzerland.
After remaining flat for three years, global carbon emissions have started to increase again in 2017 according to the Global Carbon Budget 2017. The shift to low-carbon, inclusive green economies is progressing slower than necessary for countries to achieve their National Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement. To enable this transition, lessons from industrial policy in the past can provide important guidance for countries on directing and accelerating structural change. Green Industrial policy that aims to promote both sustainable growth and environmental protection can provide an important tool for policy makers to facilitate a country’s transition towards a green, low-carbon economy.
At this event, an expert panel will be discussing benefits, challenges and applications of green industrial policy drawing on insights from country-level policy experience and the key findings of three PAGE publications: “Green Industrial Policy and Trade: A Toolbox”, “Practitioner's Guide to Strategic Green Industrial Policy”, and “Green Industrial Policy: Concept, Policies, Country Experiences”.
- His Excellency Ambassador Alvaro Cedeño Molinari, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
- Jorge E. Viñuales, Professor for Law and Environmental Policy, University of Cambridge, and lead author of “Green Industrial Policy and Trade: A Toolbox”
- Frank Van Rompaey, Head of the UNIDO Office, Geneva
- Tilman Altenburg, Head of the Department of Sustainable Economic and Social Development, German Development Institute (DIE) and co-editor of “Green Industrial Policy: Concept, Policies, Country Experiences”
- Moderator: Claudia Assmann, Associate Programme Officer, Economic and Fiscal Policy Unit, UN Environment
Entrance is free, but online registration is highly recommended.