Press conference by Antonio Tajani on the Eurobarometer survey on Small and Medium Entreprises (SME's) and green technologies
On 27 March 2012, the Eurobarometer survey related to Small and Medium Entreprises (SME's) and green technologies was published. On this occasion, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, gave a press conference in Brussels to present the survey's results.
It shows that 37% of EU SME's have at least one full or part-time green employee. Green jobs are largely created in SME's as opposed to large firms. In 2012, 1 in 8 employees of small and medium-sized firms had a green job or almost 13% of all SME's jobs. In large firms, it was only 1 in 33, equivalent to 3% of all large company jobs.Green jobs in SME's are also estimated to expand dynamically with a rate of 35% in the next 2 years.
The Eurobarometer survey also reveals other sources of untapped potential which could be used by SME's. For example, less than a quarter of SME's take advantage of the single market for green products or services. Bureaucracy is considered as one of the obstacles: 20% of SME's says that it would be easier to do green investments if cross-border administrative and legal procedures were not so complex.
SME's in green industries are also maturing. Three in five (61%) SME's selling green products or services have been active in green markets for more than three years compared to 52% in the US. Food and beverages (25%) and electronic and mechanical machinery and equipment (23%) are the most commonly sold green products and services by SME's in the EU.