SPIN: helping SMEs with eco-innovations
Small businesses can find it difficult at times to keep up with European environmental rules. It may be that they lack the technology and managerial know-how to tackle these issues or are not receiving any practical or helpful advice from their peers. The SPIN project - Sustainable Production through Innovation in SMEs - helps SMEs in the Baltic Sea region to find answers to these questions.
Sustainable innovation means new ways to produce, package and deliver products - a focus necessary for SMEs. SPIN is a promotion platform for eco-innovations and an information point to supply SMEs with solutions for sustainable production. Led by the German Federal Environment Agency, the project partners are all leading technological institutes and administrations in seven different Baltic Sea countries: Germany, Lithuania, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, and Poland. The €3 million project, which is supported by the European Union's Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 (Regional Development Fund), has so far reached 2,500 SMEs across the region.
SMEs can benefit from the SPIN network and services in several ways: getting help with their problems, either technological or related to managerial issues; receiving assistance with disseminating their own innovations to other SMEs; and learning more from the project's 100 expert partners. The fields of activity cover innovations ranging from agriculture and biotechnology to furniture and clothing. Innovations in sustainable production can be fruitful for the success of SMEs, making them greener as well as more competitive and profitable.
Browse the innovation database of the SPIN project for each specific country and field of activity.
The SPIN project has been highlighted by the EU's Environmental Compliance Assistance Programme for SMEs (ECAP) as a good practice example.