5.1 Knowledge sharing and peer learning - enablers for the green city transition

Sustainable urban development and the green economy transition require good environmental governance at all levels in EU Member States. Many cities are frontrunners in this and have created smart and efficient methods to implement environmental goals. Learning from the good examples and sharing good practices is needed to scale up these examples.

This session will underline the importance of good environmental governance for sustainable urban development. It will promote the existing tools for knowledge exchange and peer learning, such as the Green Capital and the Green Leaf Awards of the European Commission, the twinning programme of the Covenant of Mayors and the TAIEX-EIR PEER 2 PEER programme, launched with the Commission’s Environmental Implementation Review in 2017. Moreover, associations like Eurocities and ICLEI have created strong networks and lively fora for the exchange of good practice. The panel will discuss strengths and weaknesses of these instruments and the challenge of matching supply and demand in expertise and good practice in a dynamic process. The debate will conclude on conditions for successful peer learning and potential for improvement.

Stepan Kyjovsky, Head of The Environment Department of Prague Municipality (signatory of the Covenant of Majors)
Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary-General, Eurocities
Wolfgang Teubner, Regional Director Europe, ICLEI
Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, Director, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 16:30 to 18:00