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On Monday 30th November 2015, the World leaders met in Paris to open the UNFCCC COP21 summitto reach a historic global climate deal.

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On December 9th 2015 at 18:15 CET, the GreenEcoNet consortium will organise its 5th Thematic Workshop "Opportunities and challenges for SMEs in realising the COP21 vision" as part of the official EU side events to the upcoming COP21 in Paris.

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The European Commission provides incentives for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to adopt green solutions through the so-called H2020 (Horizon 2020).

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At the recent World Resources Forum 2015 in Davos, Switzerland, Vasileios Rizos of CEPS presented GreenEcoNet paper on circular economy business models and green SMEs.

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According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy productivity improvements could generate an additional $18 trillion in global GDP between 2012 and 2035. Energy productivity describes the total economic value created in relation to the energy applied. Just to illustrate, doubling energy productivity would mean that businesses to achieve twice as much economic output per unit used. Besides economic benefits, increasing global energy productivity would naturally also achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and help in tackling climate change.

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On September 14th, the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of the Environment hosted a dinner debate on the topic of circular economy and resource efficiency. Henning H. Sittel of Effizienz-Agentur NRW gives GreenEcoNet a summary of proceedings, discussions, and attendees below.

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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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New cooperation between the German PIUS-Web-Portal and the European GreenEcoNet –
exchanging best practice examples for resource efficiency in companies

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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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