5.1 Knowledge sharing and peer learning - enablers for the green city transition
With the Environmental Implementation Review, launched in February 2017, the Commission has demonstrated the importance of good environmental governance in EU Member States as a prerequisite for the transition towards a green circular and low carbon economy, including also sustainable urban development. Many cities in EU Member States are frontrunners in sustainable urban development and have created smart and efficient methods to implement EU environmental goals and standards. Learning from the good examples and sharing good practices is required to scale up these examples.
Various instruments have been established to support this process. Some are directly addressed to cities – such as the Green Capital and the Green Leaflet Awards of the European Commission or the MAJORS IN ACTION tutoring scheme under the Covenant of Majors. Some have been introduced with a broader scope, but are accessible also to Green Cities – such as the TAIEX-EIR PEER 2 PEER learning programme. Moreover, associations like Eurocities and ICLEI have created strong networks and lively fora for the exchange of good practice and knowledge.
This session will underline the importance of good environmental governance for sustainable urban development. It will promote the existing tools, programmes and networks for knowledge exchange and peer learning, and discuss their strengths and weaknesses and the challenge of matching supply and demand in expertise and good practice in a dynamic process. The debate will assess conditions for successful peer learning and potential for improvement.