EC consultation shows SMEs have insufficient information on resource efficiency

25 March, Brussels – A recent European Commission consultation has found that Small and Medium Sized Enterprises need more information on resource efficiency potentials, as well as more help in evaluating costs. In particular, despite abundant evidence to the contrary, SMEs believed that resource efficiency measures have small rewards and take too long to return a profit.

25 March, Brussels – A recent European Commission consultation has found that Small and Medium Sized Enterprises need more information on resource efficiency potentials, as well as more help in evaluating costs. In particular, despite abundant evidence to the contrary, SMEs believed that resource efficiency measures have small rewards and take too long to return a profit.

Most respondents had not tried to estimate the level of investment needed to improve resource efficiency, in part to the effort, time and complexity of the task, and partly due to a lack of awareness. A majority of the respondents indicated that they believe assistance with technology and knowledge transfer to be the most effective form of support, followed by resource efficiency consultancy services and awareness-raising.

The results of the survey also supported specific financing for resource efficiency projects and instruments, and environmental labelling to improve awareness of green products and services. Some respondents highlighted that the development of green skills (which was not mentioned in the consultation) also needed to be supported. The importance of green procurement and environmental standards were also brought up.

The findings of the consultation will be used to develop a green action plan for SMEs.

Click here to see the European Commission’s Press Release or to download the Full Results.

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