Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) of the 27 EU Member States should focus on and develop more specific policies and strategies related to three core themes, such as “resource efficiency“, “green markets” and “environmental jobs” to meet the European Sustainability Targets up to 2020.
The survey, requested by the European Commission Directorate General Enterprise and Industry, and coordinated by the Directorate General for Communication covered businesses employing one or more persons in the manufacturing, retail, services and industry sectors within the European Union.
The results of the survey could be considered a test about the European SMEs’ attitudes towards the environment. But, why SMEs are so important for the economic, social and political future of the European Community? Let’s give few numbers: there are 20,8 million SMEs in the European Union, representing 99% of all businesses and providing around 90 million jobs in the internal market.
Therefore, SMEs are the backbone of the European economy and their contribution is essential for pursuing the goals of ‘Europe 2020’, the Strategy for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth. Moreover, the European Commission promotes the growth of SMEs also through the Small Business Act for Europe (SBA), a set of 10 principles which should guide the design and implementation of policies both at EU and national level.
This framework includes an initiative to raise SMEs’ awareness of environmental and energy-related issues, and assist them in implementing European legislation, assessing environmental and energy performance and upgrading skills and qualifications.
via Energy Efficiency and Green Jobs to Boost EU SMEs | The Energy Collective.