|Reducing the environmental impact of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through achieving and going beyond environmental compliance in both manufacturing and services is a key success factor in greening the economy. Improving the environmental performance is also a significant business opportunity for SMEs themselves as important suppliers of goods and services.|
This expert meeting focused on promoting a better environmental performance of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the six partner countries of EaP GREEN programme (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). Representatives of these countries’ ministries of environment and economy, business associations and experts from OECD/EU and EaP countries attended.
The objective of the meeting was to:
|Green Action Plan for SMEs and other relevant EU initiatives - Laura Giappichelli, European Commission|
|SME Greening Guide: Policy instruments to promote better environmental performance - Eugene Mazur, OECD|
|Importance of SMEs in greening the economy in Georgia - Teimuraz Murgulia, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection, Georgia|
|Successful interventions for improving environmental performanceof small businesses in Scotland - Gillian Bruce, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, UK|
|Mobilizing SMEs to “green”: Experiences and lessons with Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production - René van Berkel, UNIDO|
|Promoting better environmental performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Armenia - Lilit Apujanyan, SME Development National Center of Armenia|
|Key issues in the context of the pilot project in Moldova - Anastasia Vacarciuc, Ministry of Economy, Moldova|
|The potential role of business associations in promoting green business practices among SMEs in Ukraine - Vyacheslav Bykovets, SME Association of Ukraine (in Russian only)|
The project on SME greening is conducted within the framework of the “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN) Programme which is financially supported by the European Commission and other donors, and implemented by the OECD in partnership with the UNEP, UNIDO and UNECE. It includes a regional component to prepare an SME Greening Guide and pilot projects in several EaP countries. Sso far, pilots have been launched in Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine.