Promotion of Resource Efficiency in Central European SMEs

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€ 2 M
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Resource efficiency

Natural resources underpin our economy and our quality of life. Evidence on our past performance indicates that the EU's response must go beyond existing policy action. In particular, the achievement of the EU's environmental policy goals depends on greater resource efficiency (RE). Consequently one of the 7 Flagship Initiatives of the Europe 2020 Strategy is dedicated to RE. It is complemented by a EU Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, which defines resource productivity (measured by the ratio of GDP to Domestic Material Consumption) as the lead indicator for RE.
The EU12 (and most Central Europe partner countries belong to the NMS) have a dramatically lower productivity than the EU15 or the EU27 average (581 compared to 1304 USD/ton). And the trend is even more alarming: While the material productivity in the EU15 has been increased constantly since 2000, the productivity in the EU12 has remained static or even decreased! This calls for immediate action in Central Europe (CE).

PRESOURCE aims at increasing RE in SMEs in the production sector in CE by promoting transnational incentives for eco-innovations. This objective is built on the achievement of the following results:
(a) Improved in-house capacity (managerial and technological): PRESOURCE aims at enabling SMEs in the production sector to identify and exploit within their own organization potential for increasing the RE of the production process and products.
(b) Improved knowledge and mechanisms for risk sharing and for financing eco-innovations in SMEs: PRESOURCE will provide incentives and innovative financing schemes for external and internal investment decisions.
(c) Improved framework conditions: PRESOURCE aims at enabling policy makers, intermediaries and multipliers in CE to respond to the EU Roadmap.
The PRESOURCE partnership is ideally set to implement this approach: It comprises national decision makers (many National Ministries responsible for RE in CE are involved in PRESOURCE), public authorities, research institutions as well as economic & environmental consultancies.
Whether driven by market requirements, environmental concerns or EU policies: RE will be one of the core topics in the next years for all CE countries.