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GREENECONET: A best practice platform to support the transition towards a green economy

Objective

The unsustainable path of our current economic system in managing both natural and man-made resources demands a paradigm shift in our idea of economic development. We need to define an innovative, multidisciplinary and integrate approach to identify, develop and deploy technologies, tools and services promoting a transition to a low-carbon, sustainable, resilient and socially comprehensive economic development. This new economic paradigm has been called “the green economy”. The contribution of private enterprises and business communities toward the transition to a green economy has often been underestimated. Yet, Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) and corporate actors work as key players and they have the power to change the socio-economic and physical landscape. Many SMEs and corporate actors have introduced innovative solutions which have greatly contributed to our understanding of “green economy”, and have developed revolutionary organisational, behavioural and technological approaches to the problem of sustainability and human well-being. Despite these developments, a large part of the business communities lag behind the “best in class”. The aim of our project is to address two problems: 1) the disconnection between best in class / benchmark “green business” practices and the wider business communities 2) the disconnection between applied research institutions investigating models for a transition to a “green economy” and the business community. We will do so through the design, deployment and use of a suite of instruments and a series of activities, i.e. a “platform”, aimed at developing an exchange network of best practices involving the “best in class” private enterprises, the academic research institutions, business networks and the wider business community, with a special focus on SMEs. The GREENECONET platform aims at becoming the reference point of access for actors who desires to become involved in the “green economy”.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2013-one-stage
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Funding Scheme

CSA-CA - Coordination (or networking) actions

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF YORK
Address
Heslington
YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 238 840
Administrative Contact
Caroline Moore (Ms.)

Participants (5)

UNIVERSITY OF PIRAEUS RESEARCH CENTER
Greece
EU contribution
€ 166 586
Address
Gr. Lampraki 122
185 32 Piraeus
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Evaggelia Sideri (Mrs.)
CENTRE FOR EUROPEAN POLICY STUDIES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 197 200
Address
Place Du Congres 1
1000 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sally Scott (Ms.)
STICHTING JOINT IMPLEMENTATION NETWORK
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 117 902
Address
Meerkoetlaan 27
9765 TC Paterswolde
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vlasios Oikonomou (Dr.)
International Institute for Environment and Development
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 162 025
Address
Gray's Inn Road 80-86
WC1X 8NH London
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Oliver Greenfield (Mr.)
ECOLOGIC INSTITUT gemeinnützige GmbH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 117 415
Address
Pfalzburger Strasse 43-44
10717 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Martin Hirschnitz-Garbers (Dr.)