The European Commission has published an overview on contributions received in response to a public consultation on the Green Action Plan for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
Respondents highlighted that SMEs lack information on potential resource efficiency improvements, as well as on their cost-efficiency. They also highlighted the importance of building strong partnerships between the different intermediaries in value chains, to share information and knowledge on resource efficiency. Respondents highlighted the role of clusters and other SME intermediaries, such as co-innovation centres, as providers to SMEs of resource efficiency customised awareness raising, advice and coaching, including concrete guidance and on-location support. SMEs need to better understand not only the environmental case but also the business opportunities that resource efficiency and the circular economy offer to them in terms of increased productivity, new prospects for profitable activities, and globally enhanced competitiveness. Media, including social networks, can help to raise awareness.
The Green Action Plan presents the SME oriented actions proposed at European level to build on the enormous potential that improvements in resource efficiency represent in terms of productivity gains, competitiveness and business opportunities for SMEs. Indeed, the Small Business Act (SBA) highlighted that the EU and Member States should enable SMEs to turn environmental challenges into opportunities. The Green Action Plan proposes to exploit the green opportunities, by improving productivity and driving down costs in European SMEs through resource-efficiency, by supporting green entrepreneurship and by exploiting and developing Europe's leadership in green processes and technologies.
Read the press memo