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Call for expression of interest for SME support organisations

Boosting the circular economy amongst SMEs in Europe

The European Commission invites organisations who engage with and support SMEs (e.g. sector associations, industry associations, SME umbrella organisations or networks, chambers of commerce) in the European Union to put themselves forward if they are interested in receiving training from: KPMG, Ecofys, CSR Netherlands and CSR Netherlands regarding resource efficiency, eco-innovation and circular economy.

The trainings will be focused on helping you to establish a programme to deliver support on the topic of circular economy to your members. The content of the trainings can be tailored towards your specific needs/the needs of your organisation. Topics which you can expect to be addressed in the training are: EU financial instruments to finance circular solutions (e.g. Horizon 2020, Life), EU non-financial instruments to help promote circular solutions (e.g. EU Ecolabel, EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), EU Environmental Technology Verification scheme (ETV), green public procurement (GPP), indicators for construction sector) and circular business models (e.g. leasing).

The training sessions are expected to take place during Q1 of 2018.

The offer:

  • Capacity building in the form of digital training materials
  • Two-days training session on how to extend services to SMEs regarding resource efficiency, eco-innovation and circular economy

Your benefits:

  • State-of-the-art and tailored content in the trainings
  • On-site training
  • Improved service provision to your SMEs
  • Your SMEs can benefit from circular economy solutions, including cost reductions, new/increased revenue streams and improved environmental performance

What is expected from you if you participate:

  • Time investment to participate in different training modules
  • Implementation plans to bring the gained knowledge to SMEs

 

Application form:

Application form for SME support organisations which are interested in receiving training

Closing date for submission: 18th of September 2017. The European Commission will then select the most suitable applicants. The training materials will be made publically available.

In terms of characteristics of the SME support organisation, the selection process will be based on the following criteria. The SME support organisation:

  • is highly motivated;
  • is at an early stage of providing services on resource efficiency, circular economy, and eco-innovation;
  • preferably operates in one of the focus sectors of the EU Action Plan on Circular Economy;
  • has sufficient organisational capacity;
  • and has a large network.

If you have any further question please write to ENV-PILOT-PROJECT@ec.europa.eu

The project also offers support to circular solution providers and policy advice to regional authorities:

Call for expression of interest for circular solution providers

Call for expression of interest for regional authorities

 

Background:

The European Commission has adopted an ambitious new Circular Economy Package to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where resources are used in a more sustainable way. With this plan to make Europe’s economy cleaner and more competitive, the Commission is delivering ambitious measures to cut resource use, reduce waste and boost sustainable production and consumption.

Since adopting the Circular Economy Package the Commission has observed an increased uptake by corporations to adopt resource efficiency, eco-innovation and/or circular economy strategies and practices.

The Commission observes that SMEs are experiencing more difficulties in adopting such strategies and practices, due to:

  • their more limited organisational, technological and financial capacity;
  • and less access to (pre-) financing for circular solutions.

With this project the Commission aims to bring assets (e.g. knowledge, networks and tools) via the right support infrastructure, organisations and associations to SMEs so that these enterprises can start to benefit from the advantages of the circular economy, including cost reductions, new/increased revenue streams and improved environmental performance.