EASME is managing the Eco-innovation initiative which run from 2008 to 2013 and was set up to support innovation among SMEs and to improve their competitiveness.
It bridges the gap between research and the market and helps good ideas for innovative products, services and processes that protect the environment become fully-fledged commercial prospects, ready for use by business and industry.
In doing so the initiative not only helps the EU meet its environmental objectives but also boosts economic growth. Between 2008 and 2013 nearly €200 million were available to fund projects. The last project will finish in 2017.