Greening Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the Eastern Partnership Countries

The regional meeting “Greening Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the Eastern Partnership Countries” will take place virtually on 29-30 June 2021. English-Russian interpretation will be provided.

On Day 1 the participants will discuss how the EaP governments and EU4environment support green SMEs.

Day 2 will be dedicated to the progress and enterprises’ perspectives in Greening SMEs.

Registration. You are kindly invited to register for the event using the link.

Meeting objectives, expected outputs and outcomes

  • Government representatives from the Eastern Partnership countries will share ongoing work on supporting green SMEs, including new plans and policies, and examples of projects supported by the EU4Environment programme.
  • Representatives from the manufacturing sector and business support organizations of the EaP region will provide insights into issues of efficient use of resources in manufacturing processes and business perspectives of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with regards to the reflection of Circular Economy, Paris Agreement and Green Deal-related initiatives in national support programs, initiatives and business practices.
  • SMEs from the EaP region and from EU member states will share experiences, lessons learned and best practices in reviewing their value chains and business strategies with the aim of improving their socio-environmental performance and overall competitiveness. Government stakeholders will also discuss the challenges and opportunities for promoting eco-innovation among SMEs in their respective countries, as well as how these can inform/guide the activities of the EU4Environment programme.

Participants

The meeting will gather participants from Eastern Partnership countries, OECD member countries, and international organisations.

Background

As governments throughout the Eastern Partnership region work to support recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is vital that SMEs are included in the discussion. In most countries in the region, efforts have been ongoing even before the pandemic to support greener SMEs, and meaningful progress has already been made. This meeting, under the EU4Environment programme, generously supported by the European Union, brings together colleagues from the six Eastern Partnership countries as well as representatives from the private sector and the international community to discuss ongoing work on greening SMEs.

The EU4Environment programme supports the improved environmental performance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and the integration of eco-innovation through two key areas of work – Result Area 2.1 (Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production and eco-innovation amongst SMEs), implemented by the United Nation Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and 3.1.2 (Greening SMEs), implemented by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Meeting documents

Agenda (Forthcoming)

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