On September 19th, the final conference of the LIFE+ Green Commerce project took place in Brussels in cooperation with the Brussels Chamber of Commerce (BECI). With the participation of interested stakeholders from all over Europe, the conference was a success.
The final conference of the Green Commerce project was intended to provide a platform for the exchange of information, experiences and good practices for a more sustainable retail sector in European cities and for networking with key people working towards sustainable, dynamic and prosperous small shops in urban area. The participants were furthermore given the opportunity to discover the assessment tool and the requirements for the Green Commerce label.
Eduardo Jorge Dolón Sánchez, the Mayor of Torrevieja and Frederik Leloup, Partnerships & Business Development Manager of BECI welcomed the audience. The first session of the conference was then introduced by Ferenc Pekár from the European Commission, who explained the European Union Retail Forum for Sustainability. This was followed by the project representative Fidel García Meseguer from Valencia Community, who introduced the audience to the European LIFE+ project Green Commerce. The session was continued by César Aliaga from ITENE, who began with the illustration of the self-assessment tool "Green Commerce", hereafter continuing with a brief overview of the results of the Green Commerce assessment implemented in Torrevieja and San Sebastián. This introduction was followed by a more detailed evaluation of the experiences made in Torrevieja and San Sebastián by their representatives Augustina Esteve and Eukén Sesé Sarasti. Juan Valea Lopéz from Valencia Community completed the morning session with giving first ideas for the future prospects of the Green Commerce project.
In the second session of the conference, the Life+ Green Commerce project was put into context with other similar European projects. Antonio Serna provided a brief summary on the experiences of the participants of the Green Commerce projects in Torrevieja, while Dimitra Rappou (nlwa), Mikaël Schneider (Ecoscience Provence) and Laura Rebreanu (BECI) spoke about the experiences with their initiatives in North London, the Provence and Brussels.
The final round table summed the Life+ Green Commerce project up, evaluated it, gave future prospects and discussed its potential merge with other European or local projects and initiatives. Moderated by Olivier De Clercq, Secretary General of ACR+, the panel consisted of Xavier Dehan, Centre de connaissances, BECI, Dr Alexis Mavrommatis, Centre of Retail Management, EADA, Ferenc Pekár, European Commission, DG ENV, Unit Sustainable Production and Consumption and Antonio Serna, President of the Association of Small and Medium Retailers of Torrevieja (APYMECO). Having all different perspectives, they could make very interesting and different remarks on the topics discussed, thus causing a productive discussion.
The experiences and evaluation given as well as the discussion held attracted keen interest in the audience and ensued a lively and open discussion about the potential, advantages, disadvantages and future prospect of the Life+ Green Commerce project and possible options to achieve the objective of improving the environmental impact in retail stores.
This event was organized with the support of the Life+ programme of the European Commission.
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