Experiences in northern European countries show that there is no standard rule.
Financial resources spent on setting up an environmental management system, including external consulting fees and associated communication and registration costs, are on average:
(figures don't integrate public aid)
- € 10,000 for very small companies (< 10 employees)
- € 20,000 for small companies (< 50 employees)
- € 35,000 for medium companies (50 <250 employees)
- € 50,000 for large companies (> 250 employees)
In most Member States SMEs can benefit from up to 75% of public aid for the external consultant costs. See the section on Financing for SMEs for sources of public funding.