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Connecting SMEs for a green economy

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The GreenEcoNet conference and launch event in Brussels on the 25th June 2014 was a huge success, with participants introduced to the new platform and briefed on progress by the project's leads and the great potential of green SMEs in Europe from entrepreneurs on the ground.

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The European Environment Agency (EEA) has suggested that European governments should consider cutting labour taxes such as income tax to raise taxes on inefficient resource use and environmental pollution.

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An Inverurie business, which has won a series of awards for its eco-friendly project, has been invited to speak at a prestigious European conference on environmental issues.

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The European Commission has recently announced the adoption of its Green Action Plan (GAP) for SMEs: Enabling SMEs to turn environmental challenges into business opportunities. The Action Plan presents a series of European level, SME-oriented actions to help exploit the business opportunities offered by the transition to a green economy.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered a video message to the participants of the China Summit on Caring for Climate, in which he stressed the crucial role that business have to play in addressing climate change.

Place du Congrès, Brussels
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More than 99% of all European businesses are small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs); they are the backbone of our economies and our communities. They are also the drivers of innovation - registering more patents than all the big businesses combined. Yet to date, smaller businesses have lacked the capacity and resources to tackle environmental challenges.

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Thomas McMullan at Greenwise Business finds that more than 50 per cent of arts businesses and organisations have experienced financial benefits as a result of action towards environmental sustainability, according to a major new survey into attitudes towards environmental sustainability.

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A group of SMEs in the Twente region in the eastern Netherlands plans to develop the 'Dream House': the sustainable house of the future. The house, using innovative concepts with regard to for example energy and waste, should set an example for all houses in the region.

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What does a company making fence posts in Kenya and a family run hair salon based in Scotland have in common? Apparently rather a lot...

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Jamie Butterworth, CEO of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and Jocelyn Bleriot, Head of Editorial & European Affairs at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, look into how EU industrial policy will be supporting the circular economy.

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