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30 October 2012
Small companies, big ideas

Eco-innovation matters in two ways for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). First, many SMEs could benefit by introducing eco-innovative approaches into their operations. Second, SMEs, and especially start-ups, can be the ideal incubators for eco-innovation, and can bring to market new, less environmentally damaging products, services and processes.


Reorienting SMEs towards eco-innovation is important because more than 99% of European Union companies are SMEs, covering all sectors, from bakers to booksellers, manufacturers and retailers. SMEs are responsible for two-thirds of private sector employment, and about 60% of EU GDP. Spreading eco-innovative approaches throughout small and medium-sized companies could therefore reap wide-ranging benefits...



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Making the most of public purchasing power

Public authorities should define their purchasing goals at a much earlier stage, if they want to use green public procurement (GPP) to boost eco-innovation, according to a European Union funded project.


Instead of waiting until the start of technical procurement processes before they set out eco-innovation criteria, public purchasers should follow the example of initiatives such as Vienna's WienWin programme, according to ECOPOL, a project to analyse and test promising eco-innovation policies and tools. WienWin systematically develops a dialogue with innovative companies on the new ideas that could underpin future products and public services...



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Eco-IP Platform meeting in Brussels on 13th November 2012 drawing policy lessons and conclusions from the Europe INNOVA Eco-Innovation Platform
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ECOPOL invites public agencies to apply for a closer cooperation and to receive funding up to 40.000 EUR to develop and pilot new eco-innovation policy instruments in their country or region
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Take part in the Eco-Innovation Observatory’s Delphi survey “Future Trends of System Eco-Innovations 2030”!
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Upcoming events
European Resources Forum Berlin, Germany 12 - 13/11/2012
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ECO-IP Platform meeting Brussels, Belgium 13/11/2012
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13th European Forum on Eco-innovation Lisbon, Portugal 26 - 27/11/2012
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