The Government of Hawai’i looked to spur green growth on the islands by setting up a public-private partnership. Green Growth Hawai’i brings together government, civil society, business and academia to define a common vision and provide a platform for collaboration. The partnership helped to define the highly ambitious Hawai’i Sustainability Goals, and by designing an indicator is able to keep track of progress towards the targets. Green Growth Hawai’i has also been successful in setting up synergies in the business community, promoting networking among diverse stakeholders and raising consumer awareness about green growth and sustainable development.
The Government of Japan successfully introduced sustainable public procurement in its ministries and administrative agencies. Responsible purchasing is now the norm after the Government introduced mandatory sustainable criteria which must be followed when purchasing goods and services. Due to a regime of monitoring and reporting, the principle of sustainable procurement has become engrained and more than 95% of goods and services satisfy the criteria.
The Fund for the Protection of Water (Fondo para la protección del Agua – FONAG) is promoting sustainable practices in water cycle management in Ecuador. The fund has helped maintain a sustainable water cycle in Quito by setting up collaborative grants targeting upstream landowners. These landowners are taught and assisted in water conservation and protection of biodiversity. The Fund further contributes by informing all stakeholders about the importance of water protection and raising consumer awareness.
The Government of Barbados entered a partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to undertake a Green Economy Scoping Study (GESS). The study provided recommendations for transitioning to a green economy in five priority sectors including sustainable tourism and land use and agriculture. By entering the partnership the national government have helped define their development pathway, promoting sustainable practices and raising consumer awareness about the benefits of green economy.
As part of its Low Carbon Development Strategy, Guyana entered a partnership with Norway, who are providing finance in exchange for Guyana protecting her indigenous rainforest. By providing support to networks and partnerships, Norway is helping to preserve areas of rainforest which are important carbon sinks and provide a range of beneficial ecosystem services, while aiding the protection of biodiversity. This method is providing incentives for Guyana to preserve their natural rainforests, setting up sustainability criteria which could be replicated by other countries.
To reduce the city’s carbon footprint Tokyo, Japan, has implemented an emission trading system targeting large commercial and industrial buildings. By setting regulatory requirement for facilities to reduce their energy demand, the programme has successfully cut emissions by 20% in eligible buildings while also raising consumer awareness about energy efficiency in buildings. The cap-and-trade model allows company to buy and sell emission allowances incentivising the most cost effective interventions.
The Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) has helped local companies become more resource efficient by promoting information sharing and setting up synergies. The programme provides a match-making service, searching out symbiotic relationships among companies in the network. By providing financial support to networks and partnerships such as WISP, the City of Cape Town is promoting waste reduction and sustainable manufacturing, and offering vital economic support to business.
To stimulate the circular economy in the Netherlands, the government launched a Green Deal for Circular Procurement in 2013. The programme encourages and supports businesses, civil society organisations and public bodies to enter new partnerships and purchasing arrangements inspired by circular principles. The programme includes a public-private learning network where organisation signed up to the deal learn about sustainable procurement and exchange best practices.
The Government of Morocco initiated the development of a giant solar power plant, by setting up a public-private partnership with independent power producers. By supporting technology adopters the partnership enabled the procurement of eco-innovation in the shape of pioneering concentrated solar power (CSP) technology. The Noor plant has a capacity of 580 MW and will go a long way to helping Morocco achieve its goal of 42% renewable energy penetration by 2020.
Over a period of three years, Morocco successfully phased out fossil fuel subsidies, thereby promoting sustainable practices such as energy efficiency and renewable energy production. The Government secured cooperation from citizens by informing them and raising consumer awareness before the subsidies were removed. The change has led to more sustainable consumption of energy, and has significantly reduced the cost to the Government.
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