The Brussels Enterprise Agency
The Brussels Enterprise Agency advises and guides at no cost every start-up, SME or foreign investor who wants to set up or develop its enterprise in the Brussels Capital Region.
The Agency advises about financial support for which SMEs can apply when they are implementing an environmental management system.
The Ecodynamic enterprise label
It is official recognition from the Brussels Region for the good practices in environmental management. The label is granted to both private and public organisations. It rewards them for their environmental dynamism and their improvement in environmental fields such as waste management, energy consumption or the rational use of natural sources.
The Eco-dynamic label is progressive (3 levels) which makes it possible for an organisation to develop their EMS at their own rate. Following the same logic as EMAS or ISO14001, it encourages the implementation of an environmental management system and the improvement of the environmental performance.
To help organisations to implement an environmental management system, free support is given (workshops and individual support). Any company, whether private, public or semi-public, administration or association, from any sector of activity, for example industry, services, distribution, etc. can obtain the Eco-dynamic label, on the condition that it has a site in the Brussels-Capital Region.
Fil de léco-gestion
The Fil de léco-gestion - The Green Path to Ecomanagement - is a 3-year program to bring together a number of initiatives on EMS and to streamline public actions with the aim of contributing to the Belgium region of Wallonia's strategic plan of an annual increase of 25% registrations to EMAS and ISO 14001.
The Green Path to Ecomanagement is based of the concept of multi-stakeholder networking. It uses the structure of local authorities, local development agencies, chambers of commerce, sector specific business federations and quality circles and clubs to recruit SMEs.
Networking is also facilitated by an online database with contact details of the key-players 'acteurs relais' and linking them to the different phases of implementing an EMS, i.e. who to contact in the phase of information and initial environmental review, implementation, formal recognition and promotion of the EMS. Furthermore telephone access to information on environmental regulations, subsidisation programmes as well as free programmes to assist SME in environmental diagnosis is provided.
The programme has published two free guides. These give practical case studies, an explanation of EMSs, in general, and ISO14001 and EMAS in particular, as well as a description of the resources available in Wallonia.
Union des Classes Moyennes
The Union des Classes Moyennes the Federation of Micro Companies and Crafts provides useful environmental information to its members. The main topics are environmental legislation, waste management and prevention, and environmental grants. The federation organises workshops and seminars, offers a helpline and publishes brochures.
Trade Union initiatives
1. RISE project
The RISE project (which stands for Inter Trade Union Network for Environmental Awareness) was initiated by the Walloon branch of the CSC and of the FGTB (the two main trade union confederations in Belgium) in an effort to lead the way with a series of environmental actions. It is funded by the Walloon Region.
The RISE project has three main aims:
- to raise environmental awareness among shop stewards and workers
- to promote environmental collective bargaining within companies
- to reinforce the shop stewards operational skills in this area
One of the aspects of the project consists of leading pilot schemes in several Walloon companies in order to experiment and measure the possibilities of trade union action with a view to improving the environmental management of companies.
The Eco-Counselling Institute of Namur, which both trains eco-advisers and provides training on environmental matters is an expert partner.
Ms. Julie Rigo
Rue Haute 42
B - 1000 Bruxelles
Ms. Myriam Gérard
FEC - CSC
chaussée de Haecht
B - 1031 Bruxelles
2. Liberal Trade Union
The Liberal Trade Union has also launched a similar training and awareness raising programme for union delegates. It is also funded by the Walloon Region.
Mr. Olivier Wilser
Asbl 'Bien-être des salariés' (CGSLB)
Responsable de la Cellule Environnement,
72-74 Bld Poincaré
B -1 070 Bruxelles
Eco-Counselling Training Institute
Since 1989, the Institut Eco-Conseil has offered one-year training to job seekers, future eco-counsellors involved in the environment and sustainable development with preventive, participative and innovative approaches and methods. The Institut Eco-Conseil is funded by the Wallon Region.
Eco-counsellors trained at the Institut Eco-Conseil develop change-enhancing strategies where expertise in environmental matters, spatial planning and human relations are essential. They seek to apply a 'global, comprehensive, multi-player, multidisciplinary and multicriteria' approach to issues concerning the environment and sustainable development.
Each year the Institute Eco-Conseil provides students to SMEs willing to implement an environmental management system in a proactive and participatory way. The students are followed by a steering comittee of environmental experts for six months. They put the emphasis on integrating all stakeholders in the EMS implementation by applying adequate communication and management tools.
In December 2002, the Government of Flanders approved for the fifth time a Preventive Stimulative Programme (Presti 5). It encourages business to take effective steps towards integrating environmental care and preventive policies into management.
The objectives are clear and are twofold:
- prevention by avoiding and limiting the creation of waste and emission such as packing waste, spillage, and energy losses.
- environmental care by inventorying environmental trouble spots in the operation, and working out specific measures to control, limit and prevent these.
Underlying the program is an exhaustive funding mechanism. Projects dealing with the following topics may be subsidize:
- environmental prevention experiences exchange
- environmental prevention systems demonstration
- environmental awareness raising
- introduction of new environmental friendly techniques
- environmental impact measurements systems
- environmental prevention measures expenses control system
OVAM selects projects after a two-month call period. Maximum 65% of project expenses are subsidied.
B - 2800 Mechelen