GreenEcoNet

Connecting SMEs for a green economy

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On the 28th November 2014, the Ecologic Insitute, Berlin, will be hosting an open, 1 day GreenEcoNet-workshop on the 'Role and Challenges of SMEs in a Green(er) Economy – Barriers, Needs and Policy Options'.

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'SMEs considering the environment will benefit themselves, their stakeholders and the wider environment: a real win-win' says ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants).

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Just over a year into the project, GreenEcoNet releases comprehensive Report of work done so far and priorities for the second year of the project.

EU Business Avenues ASEAN
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This October, a group of 40 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from 18 different EU countries will travel to Singapore and Malaysia, to showcase a range of clean technologies in order to market their products and secure new business partnerships.

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In the UK a €3.1 million (£2.45 million) EU-funded circular economy programme has put a call out for small companies looking to develop profitable new business models.

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A new European Commission initiative will see €21 billion of funding guarantees offered to banks in order to stimulate lending to SMEs, the commission has announced.

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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.

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