14:00 - 15:30 CET - Room CC5
Small businesses, albeit often having a limited environmental impact individually, contribute in aggregate terms up to 60-70 percent of total industrial pollution. Furthermore, innovative small companies and start-ups can play a key role in the development of new technologies and business models for the green transition. However, the debts accumulated during the pandemic, the traditional barriers to SMEs’ uptake of green technologies, and high energy prices are likely to constrain research into and adoption of green technologies by SMEs. What policies can help new and existing SMEs overcome the barriers to going green? What are the best practises to support and finance green start-ups? How countries should redesign recovery measures and long-term sustainability strategies, given the renewed pressure on SMEs generated by high energy prices? This session took stock of the specific measures to support SMEs in national recovery plans, and discussed drivers of and barriers to green innovation in SMEs in the context of high energy prices.