Greening economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood

Project duration

2013-2016

Budget

€12.4 million ( EU Investment: €10 million )

Brief Description

Supports Eastern Partnership countries in their efforts to move towards a green economy by decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation and resource depletion and by promoting sustainable consumption and production strategies

Countries covered: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine

Objectives

The overall aim of the project is to support Eastern Partnership countries in their efforts to shift to a greener economy by decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation and resource depletion. In the face of evidence of increasingly unsustainable consumption patterns and environmentally harmful production processes, the project aims to achieve the integration of a product life-cycle approach into decision-making, making it possible to tackle pollution atsource rather than concentrating on remedial actions.

Specifically, the project aims to mainstream sustainable consumption and production into national development plans, legislation and regulatory framework. The underlying idea is to provide a sound legal basis for future policy development in line with the regional and international agreements and processes and consistently with existing EU acquisin the relevant policy areas.

Actions in brief

  • Examines national legislation and sectoral regulatory frameworks in depth, assesses the presence or lack of elements that are relevant to SCP and proposes changes in national legislation and regulatory frameworks to provide stronger incentives for SCP;
  • Achieves measurable improvements in resource efficiency and environmental performance in selected economic sectors and integrates Strategic Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment into the national regulatory decision making framework;
  • Supports the integration of environmental considerations into the preparation and adoption of laws, plans, programmes and projects by ensuring that environmental assessments are carried out for initiatives that are likely to have an impact on the environment;
  • Promotes more sustainable production processes and more sustainable agricultural practices;
  • Promotes public consumption changes through green procurement practices and seeks to identify and remove potential barriers, addresses information gaps and trains officials, and identifies financial costs and benefits of initiating green public procurement (GPP) at both policy and operational levels;
  • Strengthens countries' capacities to use SEA/EIA procedures, following good practices in use in the EU, carries out training activities targeting public authorities and the private sector and reinforces the administrative capacity of the authorities in charge of environmental assessments;
  • Identifies and implements demonstration projects in cooperation with partner countries.
 
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