High-level roundtable and technical workshops: assessing a green and just economic recovery


With the assessment of the National Recovery and Resilience Plans (NRRPs), policymakers are confronted with a complex challenge: to stabilise the economy in the short term while promoting the necessary systemic changes to achieve the ambitious goals of the Green Deal.  However, the NRRPs present a unique opportunity to strengthen the resilience of Europe’s economies, societies and ecosystems for a future with higher levels of human wellbeing and a healthy natural environment.

A green economic recovery that creates jobs, restores productivity and contributes to societal wellbeing while reducing biophysical impact is possible. However, the concrete policy design of transformative measures within the recovery plans will be critical to successfully “bounce forward” and pave the way for long-term systemic change.

The COVID-19 crisis has shown that it is better for both society and the economy to prevent crises rather than react to them. Thus, the opportunity to develop member states’ NRRPs should be used to mitigate potentially disastrous crises stemming from climate change or biodiversity loss. However, while some draft NRRPs are quite ambitious, many leave room for improvement to sufficiently preserve nature and biodiversity.

To help guide policymakers in creating NRRPs for positive systemic change, ZOE-Institute, together with Vivid Economics and the New Economics Foundation, are developing comprehensive assessment frameworks for the NRRPs. At the core stands a multi-criteria methodology that aims at building a basis to define policies that bring about the necessary systemic change by contributing to three policy objectives: a nature-positive recovery, a just transition and circular economy.


Against this backdrop, the Policy Roundtable led by the Club of Rome will be an opportunity for high-level decision-makers to:

  • Unpack the key tensions for nature-based solutions in the economic recovery agenda – exploring the political barriers and opportunities for delivering a nature-positive recovery taking into consideration the Club of Rome’s trust building exercises around unpacking wicked problems with the European Commission;
  • Explore how to successfully assess different and interlinked economic, social and environmental policy measures as part of the transition policies at a European and national level;
  • Explore how to create policy space and measures to generate long-term systemic impacts in the EU which contribute to a nature-positive recovery, the circular economy and a just transition, and build greater resilience for future crises.

Assessment Workshops

In parallel to the Nature-Positive Recovery Policy Roundtable, the ZOE-Institute will lead Assessment Workshops on two assessment frameworks for the NRRPs. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to explore, discuss and provide feedback on the Greenness of Stimulus Index assessing NRRPs, developed by Vivid Economics and a prototype of the Recovery Index for People and Nature, developed by the New Economics Foundation and the ZOE-Institute, to make these frameworks as useful as possible for policymakers.

Assessment workshop participants include colleagues from the European Commission's Secretariat-General, DG for Economic and Financial Affairs, DG for Environment, DG for Climate Action, DG for Regional and Urban Policy, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, DG for International Partnerships, the Joint Research Centre and EUROSTAT.

Key results from the discussions around the frameworks will be presented at the end of the event.


14:00 - 14:15  

Welcome by Club of Rome and ZOE-Institute

Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President, Club of Rome

Jakob Hafele, Co-founder and Managing Director, ZOE. Institute for future-fit economies

14:15 - 14:20  

Opening remarks

Mario Nava, Director-General of DG REFORM

14:20 - 14:30  

Introduction to Assessment Frameworks

William Davies, Consultant, New Economics Foundation
Jason Eis, Executive Director, Vivid Economics

14:30 - 16:00

Nature-Positive Recovery Policy Roundtable

Led by Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President, Club of Rome

Initial reflections by the Recovery and Resilience Task Force

Assessment Workshops

Led by the ZOE Institute, with support of Vivid Economics on the Greenness of Stimulus Index (GSI) and the New Economics Foundation on the Recovery Index for People and Nature.

16:00 - 16:25

Presentation of key results from the Nature-Positive Recovery Policy Roundtable and the Assessment workshops

- Policy Roundtable report back: Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President, Club of Rome

- Workshop sessions report back:

16:25 - 16:30  

Next steps and closing 

Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President, Club of Rome

Jakob Hafele, Co-founder and Managing Director, ZOE. Institute for future-fit economies

You can find more infos on the event at ZOE's website.