Connecting SMEs for a green economy

Policy context

GreenEcoNet is supported by a range of global and regional policy frameworks.

At Rio+20 governments committed to a transition to a Green Economy. The outcome document, ‘The Future We Want’, states ‘we consider green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication as one of the important tools available for achieving sustainable development’.

On the EC level a number of frameworks are relevant to the mission of greening and supporting SMEs. For example, the Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe seeks to create a circular economy and decouple economic growth from resource use and environmental impacts. The 7th Environmental Action Plan aims to boost sustainable resource efficient and low-carbon growth. In addition, EC industrial policy is also attempting to increase investment and innovation in six green economy-related growth markets.

Under these frameworks different strategic initiatives have been developed including the Online Resource Efficiency Platform (OREP) and the Green Action Plan for SMEs. The OREP provides high-level guidance to the EC, Member States and private actors on how to move towards a more resource-efficient economy. Members of the platform include MEPs, ministers, business CEOs, researchers and representatives of NGOs and civil society.

The EC has recenty hosted a range of public consultations with stakeholders to help formulate the forthcoming Green Action Plan for SMEs.

GreenEcoNet, building upon these different programmes, expands their scope enabling discussions on wider green economy problems and solutions alongside providing a space to facilitate discussions between different stakeholders, policy makers and researchers.