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Environmental services for SMEs: the Enterprise Europe Network projects

Seven projects funded through a 5.75 million EU contribution and involving 55 different EEN partners are going to provide pro-active services to help SMEs turn environmental challenges into economic opportunities. These two-year projects, starting in March and April 2010, cover 8 different sectors of activity: food, chemicals, beverages, metal processing, textile, surface treatment, electronic components and building materials.

Among the most typical activities planned for each of these projects, there are:

  • Preparatory regional studies, which aim researching existing support programmes, identifying Environmental Service Providers (ESPs) as well as target SMEs;
  • The establishment of local cooperation agreements with ESPs;
  • The development of regional service concepts;
  • The organisation of workshops;
  • Mediation activities between SMEs and ESPs;
  • Environmental service provisioning.

It is expected that Network partners will deliver services to about 7.500 SMEs in 55 territories for selected sectors of activity (8 in total), and sign cooperation agreements with more than 400 environmental service providers.

Most of the services to SMEs are expected to start in 2011. SMEs in the region are welcomed to take part as participants to the events organised in the future, while SME support organisations active in the area are invited to participate within the framework of cooperation agreements with the EEN contact points involved.



ELEEN

The project aims supporting SMEs to absorb methods and tools that both reduce their impact on the environment, and increase their profitability. Main support services will be in ecodesign, energy efficiency and environmental management systems (EMS), with focus on EUP, REACH, WEEE and RoHS legislations. The target group are product manufacturing SMEs in four economic key sectors; 1) Production and processing of metals, 2) Textiles, 3) Manufacturing of electronic/electric and components, and 4) Surface treatment.

Leading EEN contact point

Swerea IVF (IVF) – Sweden (Gothenburg)

Participating contact points

METU Technopolis (METUTECH) – Turkey (Ankara)
BIC Bratislava (BIC) – Slovakia (Bratislava)
Network of Technological Centres in the Region of Valencia (REDIT) – Spain (Valencia)
Consorzio Pisa Ricerche (CPR) – Italy (Pisa)

Contact details

Max Maupoix
Swerea IVF
Argongatan 30, 431 53 Mölndal (Gothenburg) - Sweden
Email: max.maupoix@swerea.se
Website: www.eleen.se

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ENVISMART

EnviSMART focuses on three sectors, chemicals, production/processing of metals and surface treatment, since all three sectors are characterised by an often negative impact on almost every environmental aspect. The overall goal is both to contribute to the reduction of SMEs' environmental impact through the provision of pro-active and state-of-the-art environmental services and to the profitable growth of their business in the targeted sectors through the transformation of environmental challenges into economic opportunities.

Leading EEN contact point

ZENIT GmbH, Germany (Mülheim an der Ruhr)

Participating contact points

Malta Enterprise, Malta (San Gwann)
CCIAA Milano- Innovhub, Italy (Milano)
Næstved-area Development Co.Ltd., Denmark (Tjele)
Regionalne poradenske a informacne centrum Presov, Slovakia (Prešov)
Foundation for Research & Technology – Hellas / Help-Forward Network, Greece (Athens)
Ceramics and Refractories Technological Development Company S.A., Greece (Chalkida)
Stiftung für Technologie, Innovation und Forschung Thüringen, Germany (Erfurt)

Contact details

Peter Wolfmeyer
ZENIT GmbH
Bismarckstr. 28 45470 Mülheim an der Ruhr - Germany
Email: wo@zenit.de
website : http://www.envismart.eu/

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EURESP

EURESP aims supporting the region’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve their environmental performance. Small businesses will be supported with environmental consultancy, a series of workshops and seminars to help them to reduce their environmental impact and save money. The other central objective is to support and co-ordinate the environmental services sector in order to encourage growth and increase uptake of these services in each sub-region of the participant countries. Targeted SMEs are particularly those specialized in food production, waste management and manufacture of building materials.

Leading EEN contact point

The Chamber of Commerce of Cantabria, Spain (Santander)

Participating contact points

Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum, Germany (Stuttgart)
ASTER Science Technology Business, Italy (Bologna)
Podlaska Regional Development Foundation, Poland (Bialystok)
Regional Advisory and Information Centre Presov, Slovakia (Prešov)

Contact details

Cliona Howie
Chamber of Commerce of Cantabria
Plaza de Velarde,5 - 39001 Santander – Cantabria - Spain
Email: chowie@camaracantabria.com

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GECKOS

The GECKOS project aims to facilitate the uptake by SMEs of methods and tools reducing their impact on the environment. Besides providing local websites or workshops to promote the most relevant know-how, the core of the GECKOS project is the delivery of individualised environmental services to SMEs, which are the most efficient means to achieve the implementation of good practices by SMEs. This project will target mainly SMEs belonging to three common priority sectors: production and processing of metals, surface treatment and waste management.

Leading EEN contact point

Chambre Régionale de Commerce et d'Industrie de Basse-Normandie – France (Caen)

Participating contact points

Regional Development Agency of the Pardubice, Czech Republic (Pardubice)
National Agency for Development of Small and Medium Enterprises, Slovakia (Bratislava)
Asociacion De Empresarios De Comercio E Industria Del Metal De Madrid, Spain (Madrid)
AB Centek vid Luleå tekniska Universitet, Sweden (Luleaa)

Contact details

Rémy Dufour
CRCI Basse-Normandie
1, rue René Cassin - Saint Contest - 14911 Caen Cedex 9 - France
Email: remy.dufour@basse-normandie.cci.fr

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GREEN

The GREEN project starts from the need to improve the environmental performances of SMEs in Europe. The project supports the Enterprise Europe Network in providing environmental services to SMEs from the food industry and the manufacturing of building materials sectors. GREEN proposes a network of local systems to coordinate Environmental Service Providers (ESPs) in order to give SMEs access to free and low cost environmental services thanks also to the support of local administrations, SMEs associations and relevant stakeholders in the value chain.

Leading EEN contact point

Unioncamere del Veneto, Italy (Venezia)

Participating contact points

Arad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Romania (Arad)
Heraklion Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Greece (Heraklion)
Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bulgaria (Sofia)
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, Slovenia (Ljubljana)
Plovdiv Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Bulgaria (Plovdiv)
Chamber of Economy of Montenegro, Montenegro (Podgorica)
Tehnologijsko-razvojni centar u Osijeku d.o.o., Croatia (Osijek)
MIR Foundation, Macedonia (Skopje)
Mihailo Pupin Institute, Serbia (Belgrade)
Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Turkey (Mersin)

Contact details

Filippo Mazzariol
Unioncamere Veneto
Via delle Industrie 19/D - 30175 Venezia Marghera - Italy
Email: filippo.mazzariol@eurosportelloveneto.it

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ESMI

The ESMI project will implement a study on the environmental impact from the metalworking sector and perceived needs for environmental management in order to ensure that actions fulfil the needs of the sector. The project will identify and contact potential metalworking industry stakeholders, who can communicate information on EM needs and operate as multipliers, build a comprehensive list of ESPs in the public and private sector, in a variety of fields and disciplines including ISO 14001, EMAS, Energy Saving Specialists, Life Cycle Analysts. Consequently professional services will be informed of all needs arising from metalworking companies and future EM training will be identified on the basis of feedback from companies, observations from ESPs and forthcoming legislation.

Leading EEN contact point

Agro Business Park A/S, Denmark (Tjele)

Participating contact points

Chamber Of Commerce And Industry Vratsa, Bulgaria (Vratsa)
EISC Ltd. - European Information Service Centre Limited, UK (Southampton)
ICS Internationalisierungscenter Steiermark GmbH, Austria (Graz)
ITD Hungary Non-Profit Public Benefit Private Limited Company, Hungary (Budapest)
Länstekniskt Centrum Jönköping, Sweden (Jönköping)
Mariborska Razvojna Agencija, Slovenia (Maribor)
Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum der Steinbeis Innovation GmbH – SEZ, Germany (Stuttgart)
Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Estonia (Tallinn)
Unioncamere Veneto, Italy (Venezia)

Contact details

Simon Poulsen
Agrobusiness Park
Niels Pedersens Alle 2 - 8830 Tjele - Denmark
Email: sp@agropark.dk

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SWITCH4FOOD

The “Services for Water and inTegrated teCHniques for FOODindustry” project aims to identify and analyse best practices and knowledge (technologies/methodologies) of SMEs in the food industry for water use and wastewater to allow their exchange and transfer among the involved countries. Best practices identified will be confronted with industries and environmental consultants (Environmental Service Providers, ESPs) and their adoption within the working processes of SMEs will be stimulated. Traditional and innovative technologies will be identified in each partner region and compared with each other so as to provide recommendations and guidelines for their application. Connected to water use and wastewater, two other fields will be thoroughly evaluated: wastewater reuse and energy recovery from solid wastes and wastewater.

Leading EEN contact point

Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e l’Ambiente – ENEA - Italy (Roma)

Participating contact points

Instituto Andaluz de Tecnología, Spain (Sevilla)
Ege Universitesi Bilim-Teknoloji Uygulama ve Arastirma Merkezi, Turkey (Bornova)
Agence Bruxelloise pour l'Entreprise, Belgium (Brussels)
MATIMOP-Israeli Industry Center for R&D, Israel (Tel Aviv)
ZENIT GmbH, Germany (Mülheim an der Ruhr)
Asociación de Investigación de la Industria Agroalimentaria, Spain (Paterna)
ARC Consulting EOOD, Bulgaria (Sofia)
National Documentation Centre/National Hellenic Research Foundation, Greece (Athens)

Contact details

Monica Misceo
ENEA
via Martiri di Monte Sole, 4 – Rome - Italy
Email: monica.misceo@enea.it

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