The Region of Valencia EU Office presents the Regions 4 Green Growth Project in the Assembly of European Regions


26/06/2014 - Brussels (Belgium)
In the context of the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the Assembly of European Regions (AER) and the General Delegation of Quebec (Canada) organized the 25th of June a conference to deal with different energy and climate policies considered as best practices in the European Union.
In the event, there were participants of different regions and institutions such as the County of Värmland (Sweden), the Province of Noord-Brabant, (Netherlands), the Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission(DG ENTR) , the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) or the platform Green Budget Europe.
The topic was focused on the effectiveness of energy and environmental policies at a regional level to enable an inclusive dialogue between citizens, public sector and entrepreneurs to improve the development of renewable and sustainable energy systems. 
It is important to emphasize some significant initiatives held by the County of Värmland, for instance the regional innovative and environmental-friendly awards or a contest based in energy efficiency at hospitals. Moreover, E. Hallström, commissioner for this region and M. Tsoutsanis, from the Noord-Brabant Province, underlined the necessity of establishing a dialogue between the economic regional actors through efficient policies, emphasizing that communication and politic commitment are fundamental aspects.
According to the General Delegation of Quebec, C. Emond indicated that her province has developed strong sustainable and renewable energy policies, with a very active carbon emissions market, a well-established research group in climate topics and a trust fund to promote energy and climate innovation investment. The idea of this chief Quebec Green fund was reinforced by F. Gafnon-Lebrun, expert member of the IISD, who gave an overall and global vision of market carbon emissions trading schemes in different countries.
K. Ekroth-Manssila, from the DG ENTR updated information with regards to the Communication of the European Commission about the Green Action Plan and the support to SME in four different areas: energy efficiency, business opportunities, green value chain and internationalization. Furthermore, C. Adolf explained the working process and the advantages of being part of Green Budget Europe, key organization from the perspective of the financial instruments for sustainable development in Europe.
In this frame, the Region of Valencia EU Office (FCVRE), also participating in this conference, presented the Regions 4 Green Growth project (R4GG), where two Valencian organisations are involved as partners: the Instituto Tecnológico de la Energía (ITE) and the Instituto Valenciano de Competitividad Empresarial (IVACE).