Project Service:

Management & Communication

Service duration: 2012 – 2014
In close cooperation with the lead partner UBA, s.Pro runs the PRESOURCE External Project Coordination Office that supports all 8 project partners from 6 Member States in the implementation of the project.

More specifically, s.Pro is responsible for the administrative and financial management as well the communication activities of the overall project. This involves the following activities:
  • Consultation of project partners on Programme rules and procedures
  • Support in the establishment of the contractual framework of the project
  • Organisation of several project workshops and conferences
  • Ensuring coherence of project activities with objectives
  • Design and maintenance of the project website
  • Programming and maintenance of the PRESOURCE Competence Platform
  • Preparation of project related presentations and info materials
  • Financial Management and coordination of the overall project budget
  • Regular reporting to the JTS on the technical and financial project progress

In terms of outputs, PRESOURCE has developed the following:
  • “EDIT Value” tool (Eco-innovation Diagnosis and Implementation Tool for Increasing the Enterprise Value) to enable SMEs in the production sector to identify and exploit potential for increasing resource efficiency of both their production process and products
  • Financial Guideline and a Cost Benefit Analysis based on the stakeholder mapping and interviews, which helps translate the “speak” of environmental regulations and action plans into “business speak” and thus facilitate investments in eco-innovations
  • the PRESOURCE Competence Platform, a Resource Efficiency Atlas for Central Europe presenting country-specific information on actors, activities, financial instruments, publications, good practice examples and other useful information in the world of resource efficiency
Funding programme: 
Lead partner: 
Total budget: 
€ 2 M
Total duration: 
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.