Local Employment and Economic Development (LEED Programme)

Partners - Indicators of local transition to a low-carbon economy (OECD LEED project)



  Copenhagen Capacity

 Ministry of Environment of Chile


   Growth Core Schönefeld Cross



Copenhagen Capacity (lead partner) is the Danish Capital Region’s official inward investment agency. It works to promote the region internationally with the aim of attracting and retaining foreign companies and create jobs within a number of sectors, including cleantech.

This work includes a strong focus on:

- Investment promotion activities;

- Developing and sustaining regional clusters to create growth;

- Enhancing regional collaboration;

- Improving framework conditions for businesses;

- Developing, attracting and retaining the necessary talent;

- Improving the parameters for analysis and knowledge.

As part of its strategy, Copenhagen Capacity is thus involved in a number of projects, which aim to develop and sustain regional clusters to create green growth and green jobs as well as attracting the needed talent. This work has among other things fostered two very important networks, namely the Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster (CCC) and the International Cleantech Network (ICN).

Read more about Copenhagen Capacity and their role in the OECD project here.

For further information please visit the official website.



As the subjects dealt with by the OECD LEED project Indicators of local transition to a low carbon economy are very relevant to the areas that Copenhagen Capacity works with, Copenhagen Capacity takes part in the project, not only to share its own experiences and knowledge, but also to learn from the outcomes of the final report and from the experiences and practices of the other participating regions.

The Workshop 2011

Copenhagen Capacity is responsible for Denmark’s participation in the project and will also ensure the backing of Danish stakeholders. As project participant, Copenhagen Capacity hosted a workshop 12-14 October 2011, and presented the Danish green growth model from different perspectives.

The international OECD conference to present the final results of the project in the beginning of 2013 will also be hosted by Copenhagen Capacity in close corporation with OECD LEED.

For more information about Copenhagen and Copenhagen Capacity’s participation in the project, please contact Mr. Klaus Rovsing Kristiansen, Analysis Team Leader (Phone: +45 33 34 38 75).




The Ministry of Environment of Chile is working to contribute to an adequate an efficient energy supply in the context of a model of sustainable consumption and production. The projections of economic growth in Chile for next years (above 4% in 2012) involve a high energy demand, raising the need for an adequate and efficient energy supply, both in the context of sustainable development and economic growth.

It should be noted that Chile has multiple challenges and opportunities for green growth. In this sense, undoubtedly, the production and consumption of firewood is a significant issue for Chile’s development of the green growth economy.



The OECD´s Green Growth Strategy and the transition towards a greener economy are issues of increasing importance for all countries, taking into consideration specific national circumstances. Chile, as a member of the OECD, is committed to developing its national strategy for green growth.

In this context, the Ministry of Environment of Chile expressed its interest to the OECD LEED Programme to participate in the project on Indicators of local transition to a low carbon economy. This cooperation will allow, first, to learn from the experiences and best practices of other partners in the project (Denmark, Benelux and Germany), and secondly, to contribute to the project by identifying key indicators of local transition to a low carbon economy.

The production and consumption of firewood

The production and consumption of firewood acquire special meaning in Chile as an important energy source in rural and residential areas of several regions from the centre to the south: from Region VI O´Higgins, Region VII Maule, Region VIII Biobío, Region IX Araucanía, Region X Los Lagos to Region XI Aysén– but of different intensity. According to estimates, firewood accounts for approx. 20% of the country´s energy supply.

In recent years, problems associated with the production and consumption of firewood become more evident, both in the environmental area (air pollution, forest sustainability) and public health (primarily pollution within the households).

The main use of firewood is for heating, followed by its use for cooking. To reduce the negative effects associated with the production and consumption of firewood, significant efforts have been made lately, which are being measured through indicators for the local level.

Measurable advances through indicators for the local development are manifested primarily in:

- Improvements in air quality.

- Implementation of new cleaner technology (market share cleaner heating equipments and change out of existing stoves).

- Growth of entrepreneurs engaged in the sale of dry firewood.

- Creation of “green jobs” associated with dry firewood production and heating technology.

- Consumer information mechanism and effects of behaviour.

The project will investigate the opportunities that alternative sources of energy and the greening of the energy supply change can bring to the regions under analysis as well as what policy measures can support the local transition towards green growth in the firewood industry. A set of indicators to monitor the local transition will be developed.

In the framework of the project participation, the Ministry will host the Workshop: Measuring the potential of green growth in Chile (Santiago, Chile), 29-30 November 2012.

For more information about Chile’s participation in the project, please contact Dr. Alwine Woischnik or visit the official website.




The Benelux cooperation transcends the borders of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg. Its objective is to be a region without borders, improving well-being, mobility, safety and sustainable development. The cooperation between the three countries is therefore the ideal laboratory for European integration.

On the 17th of June 2008 the Ministers in charge and the three Prime Ministers (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburgas well as Flanders, the Walloon government, the French community and the German community of Belgium and Brussels Capital Region) signed the renewed Benelux Treaty giving  the Benelux-cooperation, that can be traced back to 1958, a new forward momentum.

The Brussels-based Benelux General Secretariat is the central administrative pillar of the Benelux Economic Union. It handles the secretariat of the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Economic Union and the various committees and working parties. Moreover, it ensures the registry of the Benelux Court of Justice.

Being strictly neutral, the General Secretariat is also extremely well fit to bridge differences between the consultative partners. Besides giving support, the Secretariat also supplies the necessary knowledge and experience. The Benelux cooperation focuses on three main topics:

1. Internal market and economic union;

2. Sustainable Development;

3. Justice and internal affairs.

These three themes are worked out in a four years common working program.

For further information please visit the official website.



The OECD LEED project Indicators of local transition to a low carbon economy is precisely at this moment a very helpful tool in supporting cross border areas in their further development. By examining cross border regions along the internal and external borders of the Benelux countries in depth, this project can help to  understand changes within cross border clusters and this in a wider sense than only in a national context. The Benelux partners look forward to share experiences and knowledge with other participants and are very interested in the final results of the report.

 The two cross border areas

On June 24th 2011 the Board of the Secretariat-General of the Benelux has given its final approval to the project “Indicators of Local Transition to a Low Carbon Economy in the Benelux”. The project aims to define key indicators of a area-based transition to a low carbon economy in cross border regions in the Benelux.

The measurable indicators will inform over time about the transition to low-carbon economic and industrial activities. The two main elements are job-creation and economic development in specific cross border areas of growth and sustainable development. The Benelux Working Group Regional Economic Policy will function as overall supervisory platform for the Benelux partners regarding the realization of the project. Under supervision of this Working Group, a Committee of Experts will follow the project on an operational level. The project will focus in depth on two cross border areas along the borders of the Benelux countries:

- The cross border cluster “bio-based economy” (in the provinces Western-Flanders (B), Eastern-Flanders (B), Antwerp (B), Zeeland (NL) and Noord-Brabant (NL);

- The border area of the Pôle Européen de Développement-Longwy (B-F) and Belval (L).

In the framework of the project participation, Benelux Union - OECD LEED workshops: Indicators of local transition to low-carbon economy, Gent, Belgium (11 June 2012) and Belval, Luxemburg (12 June 2012).

For more information about Benelux’s participation in the project, please contact Mr. Hans Mooren, (Phone: +32 2 519 38 43).




The Growth Core Schönefeld Cross unites the capacities of the main communities embracing the new arising Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) with approx. 100.000 inhabitants. It forms the heart of the most dynamic county in East Germany - Dahme-Spreewald. Since 2008, Königs Wusterhausen, Wildau and Schönefeld join their efforts to promote the airport region internationally with special focus on selected branches as aviation technologies, renewable energies, cleantech and life sciences. Schönefeld Cross is an acknowledged partner region of the OECD LEED initiative.

The main aims of the participation are:

- Attracting new investments for the enlarged airport area;

- Supporting networks and initiatives for regional SME’s;

- Enhancing attractive surroundings for living and education in situ;

- Pro-active covering of expected qualified workforce demands.

The partnership in the new OECD LEED project Indicators of local transition to a low carbon economy is supported by the Minister of Economy and European Affairs (State of Brandenburg) who will start an exhibition of the Growth Core at Brandenburg’s Representation in Brussels on 12 October 2011.

With strong regional partners and networks as the Berlin Brandenburg Airport Authority, engaged SME’s and the University of Applied Sciences in Wildau, the Growth Core will concentrate its activities in cluster development, the “Green Airport Project”, sustainable energies and waste management.



The experiences and best practice given by global partners, experts and key actors of the LEED projects are so convincing in ways to achieve the maximum of sustainable regional development in our new emerging airport area that the local mayors decided to strengthen the co-operation with OECD Authorities on formal grounds.

The Workshop 2012

The Growth Core Schönefeld Cross hosted a workshop 10-11 September 2012 with international experts and German Federal and regional stakeholders at Berlin Brandenburg Airport Exhibition Grounds.

For more information about Schönefeld Cross and Brandenburg’s contribution to the LEED project please contact the speaker of the Growth Core, Mayor Dr. Franzke or visit the official website