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The role for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the transitions towards the green economy is not to be underestimated, given that SMEs form 99% of European businesses and 66% of Europe’s labor force. The notion that small can be powerful has been emphasized too by McKinsey Global Institute (2007) as they concluded that the global residential sector (dwellings), which is responsible for 25 percent of global energy demand, has the largest potential to reduce CO2 emissions. Similarly, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, 2007) concluded that the construction sector has the greatest and cheapest potential to reduce CO2 emissions through investments in energy efficient and low-emission dwellings and buildings.

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Adopting circular-economy principles could not only benefit Europe environmentally and socially, but could also generate a net economic benefit of €1.8 trillion by 2030.

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Small businesses around the world are increasingly realising the significance of greening and environmental sustainability for creating successful business models, with South African SMEs the latest to catch on.

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BRUSSELS (BE) - On May 26th 2015, Barclays and ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) organised in collaboration with UEAPME and EGIAN an evening debate on how to maximise the capital market opportunity for SMEs and start-ups. The roundtable, moderated by Peter UJVARI (member of ACCA Global Forum on Corporate Reporting) included Niall BOHAN (DG FISMA), Susannah Haan (EuropeanIssuers), Karen Wilson (Senior Fellow at Bruegel), Rebecca McNeil (Barclays), Anthony Carey (EGIAN), Gerhard Huemer (UEAPME).

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A new European Commission report out this week claims that EU small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will have much to gain from the upcoming Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty with the US.

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Large corporations play a key role in the emerging circular economy, but there are huge untapped opportunities for SMEs to take the lead, argues environmental journalist Maxine Perella.

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The Environment and Energy Awards are widely regarded as one of the highest accolades for sustainability in the UK corporate sector. Open to innovative green champions large and small, the awards help highlight green best practice across the UK.
See below for details of 2015's award categories and finalists.

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Key tips for maximising your savings from solar photovoltaic panels.

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Choosing an installer for your solar panels can be daunting. This simple but detailed checklist includes the key points to look for when comparing companies, to ensure you make an informed decision.

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