Events 2012

The new Index- Launch June 4th, 2012

As an economic and political concept green growth is still in its infancy. Literature, data, and research is limited and knowledge is fragmented, despite political declarations. The Index will address this uncertainty. Based on the best available know-how, it will provide decision makers with tools to assess how and if the global economy and individual nations are making progress towards a more sustainable economic model. The Index will propose a set of quantitative indicators for the green economy, and on this basis rank nations according to their performance in all three dimensions of sustainability: Economic, social and environmental. It will track the global trend, and in addition deliver qualitative criteria for business and cities that advance the green economy.

Guide to Copenhagen 2025- Launch June 4th, 2012

Guide to Copenhagen 2025 develops and distributes a storytelling model for cities that demonstrate how green growth goes beyond energy and clean-tech and creates sustainable living which benefits the individual citizen in terms of health, safety, and quality of life. Guide to Copenhagen 2025 introduces visitors, investors and Copenhageners to the carbon neutral city in 2025 with new neighborhoods, sights, ways to get around, places to see and things to shop. It includes the traditional chapters such as: “History”, “People and culture”, “Getting around”, “Architecture” and is built on the existing plans for Copenhagen to ensure a solid point of departure and display a desirable, but realistic and tangible image.

The Socio-Economic Effects of Sustainable Buildings – Launch October (tba)

During Take Lead – as documented in the whitepaper – we were able to identify a number of examples of potential societal gains from sustainable retrofitting and new buildings, due to improved indoor climate, fresh air and light. Buildings was the theme where the co-benefits were most evident and big. These included avoided health costs (e.g. allergies), improved learning environment at schools and universities, increased productivity in workplaces, environmental benefits and improvement in the quality of life. The study will seek to decument the potential effects of more sustainable houses, offices, schools etc. in terms of increased livability, productivity and learning

Millenium Trial: Making the Case for the Green Economy -Launch November

A combined expert workshop and youth event to debate and communicate the evidence behind sustainable growth. Green Growth Leaders stages a trial (including court room, lawyers, jurors, indictment etc), where international “green economists” seek to prove to “traditional economists” that sustainable investments pay off for society as a whole – attended by a jury and an audience of future generations- the young students

Previous events

October 12-13, 2011 – Take Lead

Photos by Søren Malmose

Creating green growth is the fundamental challenge of our time and success requires the audacity to lead. Instead of waiting for 193 nations to fall in line and decide on a coherent set of global framework conditions, Green Growth Leaders have decided to take lead and lead by example. On October 12-13 2011, hundreds of government and business leaders from around the world met in Copenhagen to examine green growth from three perspectives:

1) State of the Green Economy This perspective will determine how far along we are in the transformation process towards the green economy and define tipping points for selected technologies

2) Best Practice Around the world companies and cities have decided to seize the opportunity to outgreen the competition. This perspective will explore best cases of green growth, where companies and cities are leading by example and look at how they achieved it

3) Next practice – The Green Economy Outlook Green growth holds massive potential for job creation and business opportunities. This perspective will quantify opportunities and explore ways for cities and businesses to accelerate green growth

The initiative was structured as a two day event. On day one working groups consisting of experts from policy, business, civil society and science applied the three perspectives above to focus on different technologies within energy, mobility, water and waste. The findings on day one were discussed among high level stakeholders and presented to the public on day two.

For a full description of Take Lead, please see the program. To view the program please click here To visit the Take Lead website please click here . For photos by photographer Søren Malmose please see a collection here.

All interviews and videos can be found on YouTube on the Green Growth Leaders channel. For additional information about Take Lead and future events please contact Ms Solvej Karlshøj Christiansen at skc@mm.dk

April 13th, 2011- Council meeting

The Green Growth Council consists of app. 30 members from different sectors of the green growth economy: Policy, business, civil society and science. Councilors include Lord Anthony Giddens, Professor, London School of Economics; Jacqueline McGlade, Professor and Executive Director, European Environment Agency; Dr. Soogil Young, Chairman, The Presidential Committee on Green Growth; Dr. John Zysman, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of BRIE, Uni­versity of California, Berkeley; and Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, International Energy Agency. To view the full list of Council Members.

On April 13th 2011 the Council convened for the first time. The meeting took place in the Ceremonial Hall at University of Copenhagen and was a closed roundtable where the Council Members discussed the state of green growth, barriers, challenges and best practices in green growth today. The Councilors also discussed the results of the first Berkeley report “Shaping the Green Growth Economy” – which was published April 2011 and presented for the first time worldwide at the Council Meeting. The study is the first to offer a systemic definition of the policy challenges and priorities we face in creating economic opportunity through the transition to a low-carbon economy, and is thus a very useful tool for everyone dealing with, or interested in, green growth. The report is the first among two that will discuss green growth. The second Berkeley report is a country study that looks at best practices in various countries and cities. The second Berkeley report was published for Take Lead on October 13th 2011.

September 29, 2010 – Launch event with Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark

Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark

Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark

The Green Growth Leaders initiative was launched on September 29, 2010 during a half day exclusive side event with 300+ CEOs, Prime Ministers, Ministers, Executive Directors, and leading figures from academia. Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark, announced the ambition of creating a fossil independent Denmark by 2050. The ambition has the potential to make the economy grow and create green jobs, but it will also require substantial investments and a reform of business models, systems and practices. See full program here (PDF)

Subsequently, Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director, International Energy Agency; Jacqueline McGlade, Professor and Executive Director, European Environment Agency; and Katherine Richardson, Chairman, Danish Commission on Climate Change Policy, discussed how a country can achieve fossil fuel independence.  Anders Eldrup, CEO of DONG Energy and one of the initiators behind Green Growth Leaders, presented the new paradigm: Instead of waiting for all nations to fall in line, the best of the green economies must lead by example. Korea, Colorado, Copenhagen and California have all proved that the transformation to a more sustainable society is not only possible, but attractive.
Moderator Dr. John Zysman, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of BRIE, Uni¬versity of California, Berkeley; Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor, Copenhagen; and Dr. Sean Randolph, President, Bay Area Council Economic Institute in California

Moderator Dr. John Zysman, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of BRIE, Uni¬versity of California, Berkeley; Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor, Copenhagen; and Dr. Sean Randolph, President, Bay Area Council Economic Institute in California

Therefore, Dr. Soogil Young, Chairman, The Presidential Committee on Green Growth; Dr. Sean Randolph, President, Bay Area Council Economic Institute in California; Alice Madden, Deputy Chief of Staff and Climate Change Advisor to Colorado Governor Bill Ritter; and Frank Jensen, Lord Mayor, City of Copenhagen discussed and shared insights on successful models for sparking economic growth and at the same time lowering environmental pressures.

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