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Hawai‘i Green Growth partnership

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.

Promoting Green Purchasing in Japan

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.

Guyana Low Carbon Development Strategy

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.

The Carbon Farming Initiative

The Carbon Farming Initiative (CFI) of Australia was a voluntary low carbon scheme that provided financial incentives to farmers and landholders for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Farmers could earn carbon credits through activities such as reducing livestock emissions, increasing efficiency of fertiliser use, enhancing carbon in agricultural soil and storing carbon through revegetation and reforestation. The credits could then be sold to businesses and individuals looking to offset their emissions, providing incentives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The CFI operated from 2011 to 2014, when it was integrated with the Emissions Reduction Fund.

Framework Act on Low Carbon and Green Growth in South Korea

The government of South Korea views green technology and green industry as the engine to promote economic growth and create employment opportunity. The "Framework Act on Low Carbon, Green Growth" was announced in January 2010 for clarifying the relevant official organization and the green growth responsibility and characters in industries.

How an ancient and cultural capital builds a low carbon city

The Government of Taiwan launched a “low carbon cities” policy in response to the global warming. To facilitate the national sustainable development and the United Nation's goal of carbon emission reduction by 2050, Tainan, as the cultural capital, set up an ambitious plan toward a low carbon city.

Green agricultural and island communities’ programme for Greece’s remote and island areas

The ‘Green agricultural and island communities – new development model’ programme (“ΡΑΣΙΝΕΣ ΑΓΡΟΤΙΚΕΣ ΚΑΙ ΝΗΣΙΩΤΙΚΕΣ "ΚΟΙΝΟΤΗΤΕΣ": ΝΕΟ ΠΡΟΤΥΠΟ ΑΝΑΠΤΥΞΗΣ”) provides support to municipalities. The €50 million programme promotes renewable energy systems and energy efficiency measures in Greek remote and island areas with fewer than 1000 inhabitants. The first call for applications was launched end of 2012, the projects are running between 2013-2015.

 

Green Ship of the Future

Green Ship of the Future is an industry-driven network which aims at minimising the carbon footprint by developing and demonstrating eco-innovations for the maritime industry in Denmark. The focus is on joint projects and studies on near-to-market solutions for energy efficient design and low carbon solutions in ship manufacturing and maritime transport operations. 

Convert black liquor into biogas

Chemrec has developed a new technique for gasification of black liquor, a waste product from pulp mills. Conversion of black liquor from pulp mills to biofuel via gasification has opened up a new market for the pulp industry. The BioDME project aimed to demonstrate production and use of the new biofuel in transport.

Procurement of Eco-Innovative Catering – INNOCAT

INNOCAT – Procurement of Eco-Innovative Catering, aims to encourage responsible purchasing by bringing together a group of public and private buyers to publish a series of tenders for eco-innovative catering products and services. The aim of this project, supported by the EC Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), is to help encourage eco-innovation in the catering sector by providing a sizeable launch market for new solutions.