The summer of 2016 marked the 9th ceremony of the European Green Capital Award, Europe’s prize for cities leading in sustainable urban planning. Joanna Drake, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s DG Environment, handed over awards to the cities of Nijmegen (the Netherlands) and Galway (Ireland) for their accomplishments in becoming sustainable.
For PRACSIS, the ceremony was the grand finale of the competition cycle, which it ran as the European Green Capital’s secretariat. In this role PRACSIS managed the application procedure, organised three assessment rounds involving an expert panel of 12, and ultimately the jury meeting on the evening before the ceremony.
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At this year’s Forum we will be looking at how to overcome this barrier “Financing Eco-innovations”, by talking to public and private investors on Financing. But also involving businesses that have already succeeded in attracting investment for their Eco-innovation projects or are planning to do so in the future.
The objective is to explore in an interactive way how investors and businesses in this area could work better together, so that promising innovative products, services and processes that protect the environment become fully-fledged commercial prospects, ready for use by business and industry.
- Don’t miss The Eco-innovation forum on 26-27-28 October 2016, Tallinn, Estonia!
On 11 and 12 October 2016 in Brussels, the European Commission’s Directorate General Environment and the UNECE’s Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen jointly organised the workshop “Towards joined-up nitrogen guidance for air, water and climate co-benefits”.
PRACSIS was in charge of the A-Z organisation of all events activities, such as registration management of 100 participants, coordination of 20 speakers and key players and on site logistics.
The aim of the event was to ensure an interactive exchange about the conference topic amongst the audience in order to prepare guidance documents for best practices concerning Nitrogen management.
Organised by PRACSIS, a meeting convened by the Switch to Green Flagship Initiative on 26-27 September in Brussels aimed at building bridges between practitioners from EU-funded inclusive green economy actions and across different development programmes, with a view to enhancing visibility and improving coordination of those involved.
Participants welcomed the Switch to Green Flagship Initiative as timely, in view of the increased importance of mainstreaming inclusive green economy (ICE) and, particularly, sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices, mandated by the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals.
Launched by the European Commission Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO), SWITCH to Green is a Flagship Initiative linking complementary programmes to improve the overall coherence, coordination and visibility of existing and future EU-funded international cooperation initiatives on green economy.
PRACSIS was in Barcelona last week for the European Commission’s annual INSPIRE conference, which it organised in cooperation with the Joint Research Centre and the Geological and Cartographic Institute of Catalonia.
PRACSIS was responsible for all audio-visual services on site, stage direction during the plenary sessions, and producing video recordings of 90 individual sessions—nearly 150 hours of footage.
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PRACSIS South East Asia is moving to a new office in PILOTCO – 1 Building, 5th floor, 45 ABCD Dinh Tien Hoang Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Our New Contact:
PRACSIS SOUTH EAST ASIA OFFICE.
Address: PILOTCO – 1 Building, 5th floor,
45 ABCD Dinh Tien Hoang Street,
District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Telephone: +84 839 100 370
Mobile: +84 (0)93 665 8805
Fax VN: +84 8 3827 7020
PRACSIS organised EUGreenWeek 30 May to 3 June 2016, Europe’s largest series of events on environment policy. In line with the Juncker Commission’s priorities of creating jobs and growth in Europe, this year’s Green Week carried the theme ‘Investing for a greener future’.
Investing is about more than money. It’s about creating jobs and taking people out of unemployment. It’s about ensuring our children breathe cleaner air on their way to school, it’s about using raw materials and resources more efficiently, it’s about preventing waste, and much more besides.
The many facets of green investment feature was throughout the week. Events and activities was take place across Europe, centred round a high-level conference in Brussels on Wednesday 1 June, with a wide variety of organisations and partners taking part.
To show how the investments of today can help a “Greener Future” become a reality, each day of the week was focus on different aspects of the theme.
Daily Report of Green Week 2016
Monday 30 May 2016: Investing for greener cities
Tuesday 31 May 2016: Investing in our countryside
Wednesday 01 June 2016: Investments that make it happen
Thursday 02 June 2016: Investing in our oceans
Friday 03 June 2016: Investing for future generations
EUGreenWeek 2016, Commissioner Mr Karmenu Vella’s Conclusions:
” Green investment has positive impacts on job creation. Circular economy systems and companies need adapted financing as they often create returns on investments in different ways. Financial markets are sub-optimal and at risk if we do not make them more sustainable… More “
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Several recent events organised by the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam and PRACSIS in Southeast Asia have presented good opportunities for dialogue, matching of interests and visibility for EU business activities in Vietnam.
The 2016 STI Days provide an opportunity to increase the visibility of EU activities in SEA, to reach EU and SEA businesses, and to enable a dialogue with government and academia including successful EU business examples with market potential in SEA.
Specific Actions (Workshop Objectives).
. Value business recommendations and suggest a white paper as follow-up of the session with EuroCham-EVBN advocacy group(s), especially to see activities &opportunities in the wide range of EU&ASEAN funded programmes, as well as other relevant stakeholders initiatives.
. Provide a platform for dialogue and matching of businesses, academia and other stakeholders to convene for follow-up actions bridging ASEAN and Europe.
. Identification of key-areas for H2020 and EcoAP which have the potential to tackle market opportunities, and contribute to favorable framework conditions closely linked to Research and Innovation in both ASEAN and Europe.
Time & Date: Thursday, 12 May 2016
Workshop Slot D, Morning Session I (08:30 am – 10:30 am)
Mr. Christoph Schill, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For the detailed agenda on all workshop sessions at the ASEAN EU STI Days, please visit www.stidays.net.