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Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution Conference

23rd to 24th May 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

The Cities and Green Growth – Urban Evolution Conference will be hosted this May in the 2010 European Green Capital Stockholm. The two-day event will launch the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) Green Cities Program report, entitled Green Growth in Cities. The report aims to help both national and local governments evaluate the opportunities for pursuing green growth strategies within cities. It will suggest ways to improve vertical and horizontal coordination and financing mechanisms among multiple levels of government. In addition, it will include the analysis of green growth case studies and performance indicators of the cities of Stockholm, Kitakyushu, Paris and Chicago, as well as two national studies of urban and green growth policies in China and Korea.

Based on this comparative report, Stockholm, the first city to be awarded the European Green Capital title, will promote an exchange of best practices and growth opportunities during the two-day event. Such exchange of ideas and experience will be related to land-use and city planning, infrastructure, waste and transport solutions, eco-districts, and other areas improving the environment and quality of life in cities. The conference provides an international platform for public and private sector policymakers, business leaders and experts to engage in a global discussion to enable green growth in cities.

The European Green Capital Award promotes the important role that local government plays in improving the environment and rewards their high level of commitment to genuine sustainable growth. Each year the award is given to a city that has a consistent record of achieving high environmental standards, is committed to ongoing and ambitious goals for further environmental improvement and sustainable development and can act as a role model to inspire other cities and promote best practice. The former European Green Capital Stockholm served as an excellent model for its peers through a long-term approach to integrated, sustainable development.

Green Facts and Figures: Stockholm

  • 1000 parks06.03.13 cities and green growth
  • 7 nature reserves within city boundaries (more than 200 in the surrounding area)
  • 1 cultural reserve
  • 1 city national park
  • 95kg of recycled refuse annually per citizen
  • 12000 trees in the city centre
  • 24 official beaches
  • World’s largest district cooling network
  • Set to become fossil-fuel free by 2050
  • 2,700 clean-tech companies

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here http://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/index_en.html

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