LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development)

Workshops: Indicators of local transition to low-carbon economy (Ghent, Belgium and Belval, Luxemburg)

 

International workshops

11th June 2012 – Ghent, Belgium / 12th June 2012 – Belval, Luxemburg

 

Jointly organised by the  OECD LEED Programme and the Benelux Union

 

 

Why attend / Discussion themes / Who should attend / How to apply / Contact

 

 

Why attend

Achieving greener growth will involve seizing opportunities to develop new green industries, jobs and technologies, as well as managing the transition for greening the more traditional sectors and the associated employment and distributional effects. It will require adopting new technologies, developing new products and supporting new patterns of demand from households, companies as well as governments.

The Secretariat General of the Benelux Union and other institutions in partnership with the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development Programme (LEED) are working on defining and collecting measurable indicators at the regional/ local level that can inform over time of transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities. These indicators will address the two aspects of the green growth economy: fostering job creation and economic development in new areas of growth and sustainable development. Read more about the OECD LEED Project on measuring the potential of green growth - Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy .

Two cross-border areas will be focussed on in an in-depth analysis:

 

The cross border cluster “Bio Based Europe” (in the provinces Western-Flanders, Eastern-Flanders and Zeeland)  – the focus of the Ghent workshop.

This workshop was organised in cooperation with Scheldemond and the Research Institute for Work and Society, University of Leuven.

 

The cross border area of the Belval, Ecocité and Pôle Européen de Développement-Longwy (B-F-L) – the focus of the Belval workshop.

This workshop was organised in cooperation with Ministère de l’Economie et du Commerce exterieur, the City of Esch-sur-Alzette and the University of Luxembourg.

This study is proposed within the framework of the OECD Green Growth Strategy

 

Discussion themes

Ghent workshop

 Discussion theme 1  – Regional environmental and infrastructure assets

Every region will start the process of transitioning to a low carbon economy with different endowments of assets – physical, industrial and human capital. This first theme investigates the environmental assets and addresses issues of environmental quality such as air and water quality, and availability of green spaces and biodiversity. Also how the local areas contributes to this quality by examining transport emissions and waste volume and how the region responds to issues of regeneration of industrial and contaminated sites and threats to decreasing biodiversity.

The environmental assets and the quality of these assets are important in determining the ability of local regions to mitigate and adapt to climate change over the long term. Key questions this theme will address includes how important are these environmental assets to the region, how are these assets managed cross-border and how will they assist to local area in transitioning to a low carbon future? 

 Discussion theme 2 – Greening production and consumption

This theme examines the local industry base, its links with the wider economic and labour markets of surrounding areas and highlights key competitive advantages in local industry clusters. This theme will also look at the entrepreneurial culture of the local area and the prevalence of start-up and spinout businesses. The theme discusses the potential of the existing industry base for ‘greening’ – less carbon intensive production and operation, and the emerging opportunities for the region in green or clean tech specific clusters. Of special interest in this theme will also be the relationship and linkages of clusters across country borders in the Benelux region, and the opportunities to leverage these linkages for cluster development.

 Discussion theme 3 – Green skills and training ecosystems

The development of new ‘green’ sectors and the greening of existing industrial sectors is closely related to the ability of the region to attract and retain the right pool of talent and skills, create the right labour market conditions and support and retain ‘green know how’ within the region. This theme examines the operation of local training and skills development organizations, what we refer to as the skills and training ecosystem and the implications for the labour market of transitioning to a low carbon economy. Key questions to be answered include - What are the characteristics of the current skills ecosystem? How are these systems managed with cross-border dynamics? What are the advantages and challenges currently facing the local labour market for green skills development? Where and most importantly how this can be improved and customized for the cross-border situation of Benelux? What support and mechanisms are required to effect this industrial transition?

 Discussion theme 4 – Strategies for green growth for local policy makers

Regional policy makers and other local stakeholders are faced with the challenges of combining a business-friendly and competitive local economy that offers employment and skills development opportunities for local residents but at the same time protects and enhances the natural environment. The focus of this theme will be exploring the role of government and other public stakeholders in developing and implementing strategies for green growth. This theme builds on the three previous themes and explores the policy priorities for the local area and how these priorities are identified and acted upon. This theme also discusses the specific cross-border situation of Benelux and the relevant policy responses for this region.

 Agenda

 

Belval workshop

 Discussion theme 1  – Regional environmental and infrastructure assets

Every region will start the process of transitioning to a low carbon economy with different endowments of assets – physical, industrial and human capital. This first roundtable session investigates the environmental assets and addresses issues of environmental quality such as air and water quality, and availability of green spaces and biodiversity. Also how the local areas contributes to this quality by examining transport emissions and waste volume and how the region responds to issues of regeneration of industrial and contaminated sites and threats to decreasing biodiversity.

The main topics will be the conversation of industrial waste land to urban and industrial area, increasing urban areas and development projects, re-naturalization of a river area and parks for ecotourism and leisure, and how the environmental impacts of increased transport linked to local development plans can be minimized, and infrastructure ensured. 

 Discussion theme 2 – Greening production and consumption

This roundtable examines the local industry base, its links with the wider economic and labour markets of surrounding areas and highlights key competitive advantages in local industry clusters. This session will also look at the prevalence of start-up and spinout businesses.

Key questions of the session – How do Belval and the City of Esch support and manage these emerging ‘green’ clusters? What is the potential of other industrial sectors for greening? What does the interactions of current industry structure and ‘green growth’ industry sectors (particularly the cross-border dimensions) mean for industry and employment development in Belval? 

 Discussion theme 3 – Learning and knowledge production for green development

A cluster of leading public research organisations including the University will be moved to Belval, these organisations also offer training relating to sustainable development.  The development of new ‘green’ sectors and the greening of existing industrial sectors is closely related to the ability of the region to improve access to education in this area the fate of which so far was closely connected to that of the steel industry, and to attract and retain the right pool of talent and skills, create the right labour market conditions and support and retain ‘green know how’ and new knowledge production and opportunities for life long learning within the region.

Key questions of the session -  What are the characteristics of the current skills ecosystem in Belval and surroundings? What are the advantages and challenges currently facing the local labour market for green skills development? where and most importantly how this can be improved and customized? What support and mechanisms are required to effect this industrial transition?

 Discussion theme 4 – Strategies for green growth for local policy makers

Regional policy makers and other local stakeholders are faced with the challenges of finding innovative ways of establishing and growing businesses in a sustainable way.  Co-creating a business-friendly and competitive local economy that offers employment and skills-development opportunities for local residents is essential.  At the same time, firms are called on to protect and enhance the natural and social environments.

Key questions of this session – What should be the policy priorities for local public authorities and for firms to stimulate a new economy? How do we identify these priorities? What should be the role of government and other stakeholders in understanding and acting on these priorities for issues such as job creation for young people, access to capital, emissions reduction, environmental protection, and social integration? Where does the local governance have the strongest leverage? 

 Agenda

 

Who should attend

  • Representatives from stakeholders in the area: public institutions, private organizations, business representatives, SMEs, social partners (Trade Unions), non-government organizations and regional networks.
  • Skills and employment development experts from local organisations and industry.
  • Academics and experts on green indicators, human capital development, local development, private sector development and local governance.

 

How to apply

By invitation only.

 

Contact

 

Workshop 11th June 2012 – Ghent, Belgium

Venue: Conference Center Novotel Gent Centrum, Goudenleeuwplein 5, 9000 Gent, Belgium 

Prof. Dr. Hans Bruyninckx
HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society
Parkstraat 47 - Box 5300
BE 3000 Leuven
Belgium
www.hiva.be

Ms. Muriel Denayer
HIVA - Research Institute for Work and Society
Parkstraat 47 - Box 5300
BE 3000 Leuven
Belgium
www.hiva.be

Mr. Hans Mooren
Secretariat General of the Benelux Union
39, Rue de la Régence
1000 Brussels
Belgium
www.benelux.int

 

 

 

Workshop 12th June 2012 – Belval, Luxemburg

Venue: Town Hall of the City of Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg

Dr. Ariane König
University of Luxemburg
Campus Limpertsberg
162A Avenue de la Faïencerie
L-1511 Luxembourg
wwwen.uni.lu

Mrs. Claudine Hermans-Otto
Secretariat General of the Benelux Union
39, Rue de la Régence
1000 Brussels
Belgium
www.benelux.int

 

For further information about the OECD LEED project, please contact Cristina Martinez-Fernandez at the OECD Secretariat.

 

 

Related Documents

 

Project: Measuring the potential of green growth: Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy

 

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