Content description: At the 2002 Earth Summit in Johannesburg, it was concluded that public-private partnerships should be one of the pivotal mechanisms of greening. This underlined the shift in regulatory regimes that had been going on for more than a decade. Moving from largely command and control measures and media-shifting in the 1970s and 1980s, through cleaner production initiatives and self-regulatory initiatives in the 1990s, the emphasis is increasingly on using networks and partnerships as levers for promoting a greening of industry. The whole idea of public-private partnerships grew out of the discussion on self-regulation and pro-activeness that took place during the 1990s, where the role envisaged for industry in the ecological transformation of society changed considerably. Ecological modernisation was the term used to describe the emergence of a new societal paradigm, which inherently involved a shift from reactive and passive attitudes in industry. The shift is away from an insistence that pollution prevention is costly and thus minimizes profits, towards a new era where win-win solutions that create profits for greener companies are emphasized. This session will focus on the use of partnerships and networks in bringing disparate groups together to jointly work towards climate action at local, regional, national and global level and how this may enable societies realising a Green New Deal. The session will bring academia, practitioners, networks, the private sectors and governments together for action-oriented debate aimed at real solutions to very real problems.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009: 4:30 PM-6:30 PM