Extracts from the press conference by Antonio Tajani, on the Eurobarometer on SMEs, ressource efficiency and green markets
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 17 December 2013, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, gave a press conference on the 2013 Eurobarometer survey on SMEs, resource efficiency and green markets, published on the same day. Compared to the previous year for instance, European SMEs became more resource efficient and were contributing substantially to the transition towards a low-carbon economy.
This Eurobarometer survey notably showed that 42% of EU SMEs had at least one full or part-time green employee – a 5% increase from 2012 which exceeded the expectations set by businesses almost two years ago.
Furthermore, more than nine in ten SMEs were taking at least one action to be more resource efficient and the level of their efforts had increased since 2012. The most common actions were minimising waste (67%), saving energy (67%) and saving materials (59%). At least half were also recycling by reusing material or waste within the company, or by saving water (both 51%).
Half of European SMEs active in green markets offered products and services with environmental features such as organic production and eco-labelling or eco-design (51%). More than one third (35%) offered products or services in the area of recycled material - 6% more than in 2012. Construction, food & beverages and electronic & mechanical machinery and equipment were still the most commonly sold green products and services.
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||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||General view of the press conference
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, (in ITALIAN) saying that the results give a snap shot of positive results because SME's are making the most of the potential of the green economy. Saying that the objective is to reinforce the real economy to help reach the 20 % objective of GDP linked to manufacturing. They want to do this by the end of 2020. In order to do this, they have to place their bets on innovation and quality. So in the communication of October 2012, they identified a number of strong sectors with a lot of potential. They looked at a system of modern industry backing on the green technology, substitution and effective use of resources, recycling new materials, sustainable building industry with smart and clean vehicles, etc. To achieve all this, the EU needs to make the most of the technological innovation of this industrial revolution and promote the competitiveness of companies.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ITALIAN) saying that the Eurobarometers show that 92% of SME's are already compliant with environmental standards and only 22 % overshoot the existing targets, 93% are carrying out green investments or investments higher than in 2012. They have moved from 52 to 72% as regards energy saving and from 62 to 67 % in term of waste reduction, from 77 to 79% in terms of saving in raw material and they bumped up from 70 to 71% water saving, they should also say that 8 SME's out of 10 are planning to make further green investments.
||Cutaway of cameramen
||Departure of Antonio Tajani