PAGE Academy ended successfully on 18 November. For a week, participants engaged online with experts and country representatives to talk about Green Economy & synergies between pollution control and carbon reduction. On this occasion, PAGE China, led by UNEP, celebrated its graduation ceremony in collaboration with the Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD), a partnership between UNEP and Tongji University based in Shanghai.
From 14th to 18th November, the 2022 PAGE Academy, with venues in China, Thailand and online, brought together Chinese governments at different levels, international organisations (UNEP, ILO, UNDP and UNIDO), academia, enterprises and over 200 participants from over 15 countries, alongside facilitating deliberations to transform economies into drivers of sustainability by reframing economic policies and practices.
Siddaharth Chatterjee, UN Resident Coordinator, Steven Stone, Deputy Director Economy Division UNEP and chair of the PAGE management board, and Professor Peiming Lyu, Executive Vice-President of Tongji University opened the academy. The launch session was moderated by Professor Zhiwei Wang, Dean of the College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Tongji University.
Siddharth Chatterjee said that the UN in China will continue to assist China in advancing the greening of the industry alongside stimulating the creation and development of the new green industry. Steven Stone recognised the achievement made by PAGE China from 2015. Professor Peiming Lyu emphasised Tongji’s commitment to promoting sustainable development with UNEP by founding the Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development (IESD) in 2002.
The opening was also complemented with three keynotes.
Joy Kim, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Economic and Trade Policy Unit, UNEP, shared about UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative to Inclusive Green Economy. She illustrated the evolution of the green economy concept in the context of the United Nations since 2008. Specifically, she pointed out that, with PAGE’s assistance in macro-level policy monitoring, all cities in Jiangsu have made progress in green development. Led by UNEP and UNIDO, policy recommendations, including strategic planning, industrial policies, environmental protection and risk management, social security, and capacity building, have been suggested for China’s green industrial development. UNEP and ILO have also provided technical support for greening the textile sector in China, covering voluntary sustainability standards, non-tariff measures for the textile trade, clean production in the textile industry and more. See Keynote – Joy Kim
Min Shi, Director of the Science and Technology Cooperation Department, Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Ecology and Environment, shared about the green and integrated development of the Yangtse River Delta. One of the highlights is Shanghai’s industrial restructuring; for example, more than 10,000 municipal industrial restructuring projects were completed in Jinshan, Taopu, Nanda, and Wujing Districts. Since 2010, Shanghai’s carbon dioxide emissions and energy consumption per unit of GDP have been reduced by more than 50%. See Keynote – Min Shi
Cary Krosinsky, Yale College and Faculty Advisory Committee, Energy Studies, Yale University, shared about sustainable investing and the current state of sustainable finance. He emphasised the importance of policy- and country-level commitment to green transitions. However, it is more important to accelerate corporate and investment strategy implementation, combined with maximised innovation as possible in parallel, and build a global consensus to act. See keynote – Cary Krosinsky