The project “PROMOTING BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES (SME)”
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The project “PROMOTING BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE OF SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTERPRISES (SME)”

 

 Project duration: 01.04.2014 - 30.09.2014 (6 months)

Although small businesses’ individual environmental footprint in EU Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) may be low, their aggregate impact is considerable. However, EaP countries have given little consideration to the greening of small businesses, and lack the legal, policy and institutional means to enhance the environmental performance of SMEs. The SME Policy Index report produced by the OECD, the European Commission and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2012 recommended that EaP countries include green economy concepts in their SME programmes and strategies and provide resources for the promotion of eco-efficient business among SMEs.

 

This survey is conducted as part of the project “Promoting better environmental performance of small and medium-sized enterprises”, which is part of the European Commission’s initiative “Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood” (EaP GREEN).

 

The survey has the following objectives:

 

a)    To identify the main opportunities for, and obstacles to, improving the environmental performance of SMEs in EaP countries, including the deployment of resource and energy-efficient technologies and business practices; and

 

b)    To promote government-to-business and business-to-business dialogue in the EaP region on the benefits of sustainable production, including the growing importance of green markets.

 

The survey will be conducted in two EaP countries (Armenia and the Republic of Moldova) in the first half of 2014. It will be conducted by local partner organisations through phone interviews and will cover a representative sample of SMEs (businesses with less than 250 employees). The survey results will be analysed in the second half of 2014 and will be shared with all survey participants. They will be discussed as part of a policy dialogue in each country and form the analytical basis for action plans for the governments in the two countries to conduct key reforms to strengthen the incentive framework for SME greening. The survey results will also be disseminated and discussed across the EaP region.