GreenEcoNet

Connecting SMEs for a green economy

Publications

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The European Commission has recognised that the internationalization of SMEs is of key importance in boosting Europe’s competitiveness, economic growth, and innovation. However, as mentioned in the Green Action Plan for SMEs (EU Commission, 2014), only few SMEs provide their innovative green technologies, products, business models and services outside the EU.

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This video and its brief present the key messages emerged at the GreenEcoNet 5th Thematic Workshop that took place in Paris on December 9th 2015 as an official side event at the EU Pavilion in the COP21 venue.

GreenEcoNet 5th Thematic Workshop from GreenEcoNet on Vimeo.

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GreenEcoNet Consolidated Report #1, covering the project's main events between June 2013 and May 2014, and the first Annual Work Plan.

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Consolidated Report #2, including the Second and Third GreenEcoNet Thematic Workshops, 2nd Annual Work Plan, 2nd Annual Conference and 4th Thematic Workshop.

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The GreenEcoNet Final Conference on 26 May 2016 explored the challenges and opportunities for SMEs in moving towards a circular economy.

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A policy brief from the GreenEcoNet team exploring ‘circular economy’ and the key barriers and enablers for SMEs adopting circular economy business practices. The briefing is based on a literature review, discussions at GreenEcoNet project events, and an analysis of two SME circular business models featured on GreenEcoNet; Up-Shirt & Fairphone.

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The 2nd in the GreenEcoNet policy brief series, this report explores the increasing importance placed on small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to deliver growth and innovation through the model of small business networking. Business networking forms the basis of 21st century innovation processes, and for SMEs networking is often even more important due to limited resources.

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The 3rd report in the GreenEcoNet policy brief series, this report highlights the requirements set for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by the European Union’s Directive 2012/27/EU. Based on a literature review and from the GreenEcoNet experience, the main barriers in terms of adopting energy efficiency measures by SMEs are identified. The aim of this report is to generate knowledge about energy efficiency improvements by SMEs and propose recommendations to the policy makers to overcome those barriers.

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The 4th report in the GreenEcoNet policy brief series, this report argues that SMEs should be better integrated into the European policy framework on the decarbonisation of transport. The objective of the policy brief is to identify policy recommendations aimed at creating an enabling environment which could allow the European Union to take full advantage of the potential SME contribution in the decarbonisation of the EU transport sector by 2050, by accelerating the implementation of low carbon transport solutions.

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