Organisations, large businesses, and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly aware of the benefits of improving resource efficiency: saving on material costs, creating competitive advantages, and new markets are among the main reasons for organisations to take action. In this respect, the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) is considered a driver of the Circular Economy, a model in which materials are used in loops and no waste is produced. EMAS encourages organisations to develop techniques that make better use of resources in the production phase and retain physical goods longer and more efficiently in productive use, thus increasing their competitiveness.
Starting from these considerations, the ENHANCE project “EMAS as a Nest to Help And Nurture the Circular Economy” aims at improving the implementation of regional policy instruments oriented toward increasing resource efficiency through the exchange of experiences and practices supporting EMAS registration. The project supports public authorities in identifying and implementing incentives for those organisations that decide to adopt EMAS as a tool for resource efficiency.
The project officially started on 1 January 2017 and is scheduled to run until 31 December 2020. The project consortium consists of partners from Spain, Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia and Italy.
More information about the ENHANCE project is available on the project website: http://www.interregeurope.eu/enhance.
ENHANCE is one of the interregional cooperation projects that make up Interreg Europe. Interreg Europe aims to ensure that government investment, innovation and implementation efforts all lead to integrated and sustainable impacts for people and place. The Interreg Europe programme is financed via the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
To learn more about Interreg Europe, please visit http://www.interregeurope.eu/.
Circular Economy was also the theme of the 2017 edition of the EMAS Awards. To learn more about the awards and the organisations rewarded on the 8th of May for their contributions to the Circular Economy, please consult the EMAS Awards page.