There are more threats or opportunities? That was the issue discussed at the conference “Green Transformation of Klaipeda Region” organized by Lithuanian Innovation Centre (LIC) with the Association of Klaipeda Region Municipalities.
LIC consultant Karolina Kužmarskytė presented the analysis of green transformation perspectives of Klaipeda region food and beverage sector prepared within the framework of LIC initiative #GRETA:
“In the near future, Lithuanian companies will begin to feel increasing pressure to move towards sustainable production, but the reasons for this pressure will be various. The need for change is shaped by policy makers at the national and international levels, as well as partners in the value chain, and the choices of product outlets and consumers in them. We can already see changes in sustainability in companies that focus on Western European or Scandinavian markets. The issue of environmentally friendly production is becoming more and more important, and this trend will only intensify in the future.”
Raimonda Mc Geever, project manager of the Association “Klaipeda Region” talked about the specialization of Klaipeda region in 2030. Klaipeda region was the first in Lithuania to develop a regional specialization strategy: the vision for the development of the region, directions and measures for its implementation.
In her presentation, President of the Lithuanian Banking Association Eivilė Čipkutė commented on the new EU taxonomy and how this policy will change project financing opportunities and shared valuable insights on the European Investment Bank’s plans to increase the volume of sustainable financed projects from 30% to 50% by 2025.
The event was summarized by a meaningful discussion moderated by Giedrė Ramanauskienė, Head of the Innovation Analysis and Policy Department of LIC, which was attended by leaders of Klaipėda region from municipalities, Klaipėda University, Lithuanian Higher Maritime School, Klaipėda Industrialists’ Association. The insights gathered during the discussion will become LIC recommendations for national and local policy makers and implementers.
The #GRETA initiative is implemented under the Interreg Baltic Sea Region program.