DG Enterprise and Industry seeks views on sustainability support for SMEs
20 September 2013 – 12 December 2013
The European Commission, Directorate-General Enterprise and Industry, is inviting views on the most effective support measures for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to enable them to become more resource efficient and sell green products and services. The results from the consultation will be used to shape the actions aimed at promoting resource efficiency for, and by, SMEs to be included in the forthcoming Green Action Plan. The consultation will be open until 12 December 2013. Read more…
The Green Action Plan for SMEs was announced in the Enterprise and Industry Management Plan 2013 to assist structural change and sustainable development in specific manufacturing sectors and tourism. It takes its lead from the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, which highlights green growth’s role in ensuring sustained economic recovery within the long-term vision of a resource-efficient and low-carbon European economy, one of the European Union’s (EU) key objectives.
The EU believes that SMEs will have an important role to play in meeting its sustainability targets, and therefore must become key players in the transition to a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy. This consultation seeks views on the most effective support measures for achieving this, and which actors are best placed to help SMEs. It defines resource efficiency as the efficient use of energy (including renewable energy), water and other natural resources, materials, the minimisation of waste, the selling of scrap material to another company and recycling.
The questionnaire covers issues such as the current support services available for greening SMEs, the level of access they have to the necessary investment for resource efficiency, what new business opportunities are available, and how they could sell green products and services internationally.
Contributions are particularly sought from individual SMEs and public and private organisations supporting SMEs, as well as all interested stakeholders and citizens.
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