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GreenEcoNet 1st Thematic Workshop brief - Innovation Lab for the GreenEcoNet web-platform

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On 29th November 2013, the GreenEcoNet consortium brought together stakeholders in Brussels to gather their feedback on the role of the GreenEcoNet platform. A full summary of the key messages from the Innovation Lab can be found here.

This half day workshop aimed to generate input and recommendations from SMEs, researchers and policy makers as to how the Green EcoNet online and offline platform could be of most value to the different stakeholder groups.

The speakers included (click here for the full agenda):

  • Silvia Donato, Research Programme Officer, DG Research, European Commission
  • Sotiris Papadelis, Senior Expert, University of Piraeus Research Center
  • Emily Benson, Programme Manager, Green Economy Coalition (GEC)
  • Martin Kloet, Project Leader, MKB Nederland
  • Franz Brudl, Advisor, Austrian Economic Chambers
  • Henning H. Sittel, Project Manager, Efficiency Agency NRW
  • Luisa Nenci, Environmental Economist & Sustainability Advisor, Global Eco Forum

To kick-off the discussion, Corrado Topi provided an overview of the three year project and Silvia Donato outlined the broader policy context within the European Commission. Emily Benson went on toprovide a glimpse of the online platform in action.

Sotiris Papadelis described the core functionalities of the GreenEcoNet online platform as a tool for categorising green economy initiatives and also outlined some challenges and solutions for ensuring that the platform provided a useful tool for users. 

Franz Brudl (presentation here), Henning Sittel (presentation here) and Luisa Nenci, all of whom work closely with SMEs and networks, provided important feedback on the vision and functionality of the GreenEcoNet platform from the perspective of the users. During the workshop we also heard from a range of different voices, including SME representatives, as to their recommendations for ensuring that this platform could be of the greatest value on the ground.

For further details on the Innovation Lab please check out the CEPs event page and do check out thefull summary of the event.

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