Title Environmental Renaissance in Europe
Project Number UK/10/LLP-LdV/TOI-321
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text Environmental Renaissance in Europe (ERIE) has been delivered by 4 partner countries - UK, Slovenia, Spain and Germany. It has adapted an innovative UK accredited online Environmental Awareness course (developed in the UK) for trial in Food and Drink SME’s in the partner countries.
The Environmental Academy was the lead partner for an innovative programme Environmental Renaissance in Europe (ERiE).
The consortium of European Partners have technical, project management expertise and track records in delivering high quality, innovative learning programmes in the UK, Slovenian, Spanish and German business communities, particularly in the food and drink sector. The partnership has been the result of preparatory visits funded by the Leonardo da Vinci programme, and partners from previous collaborations involving an Interreg IIIC project.
The Food and Drink sector produces 10.5% of the total waste in Europe (Eurostat 2009) and In 2005 only 18% of UK SME's could name any environmental legislation unprompted (SME-Environment 2005: England). Vocational Educational and Training (VET) is an essential tool to addressing these challenges and driving organisational change in environmental improvements, by means of educating SME owners and employees.
The main aims and objectives of the ERIE project were:
• An investigation into the challenges faced by the Food and Drink Sector SME’s in meeting their environmental responsibilities and how learning programmes can provide solutions.
• A comparison of environmental performance in SME's in the food and drink industry and how the agenda is being addressed through learning programmes.
• An environmental training needs analysis was carried out with SME's in the Food and Drink sector in each partner country.
• A feasibility programme in Year 1 of the project delivering an existing successful Level 2 environmental online learning programme (developed in the UK).
• Modification and translation of the Level 2 programme as determined by each partner & roll out in each country in year 2 of the project.
Each partner engaged with 10 SME's, and 2 employees who undertook the environmental online learning programme. A food and drink sector specific Level 2 learning course was developed with country specific case studies and translated into the partner languages. A ‘Green Tube’ website was also developed to disseminate the findings and share best practice.
The main impact envisaged was a behavioural change of Food and Drink SME owners and employees, resulting in improved business and resource efficiency, a more environmentally aware workforce, a sustainable Food and Drink sector and the mainstreaming of environmental qualifications in the partner country VET systems.
The Environmental Renaissance in Europe programme was managed by the Environmental Academy from the UK.
• Focussed on a sector (Food and Drink) which has high levels of waste in Europe, and therefore greater financial savings was demonstrated.
• Supported employees through online training providing them with the necessary tools to demonstrate competence in the areas of environmental management and resources in the workplace have a sustainable impact on SME’s in Slovenia, Germany, Spain and the UK
• Targeted SME’s representing by far the highest levels of employment.
• Delivered direct and indirect business benefits through vocational educational programmes to employees.
The Environmental Academy:
•Developed and shared environmental learning programmes with its European project partners.
• Shared best practice in environmental resource efficiency knowledge beneficial to SME Food and Drink companies
• Liaised with partner countries on the collection of baseline environmental data and final data to evaluate the impact of the learning
• Advised on progression for learners following completion of the programme
• Developed a Green Tube website and hosting of online forum.
• Coordinated a programme of partner meetings and events.
• Compiled all project-related financial and non-financial records on behalf of the partnership.
• Provided the main point of contact with ECOTEC, Leonardo da Vinci, steering group administration and stakeholders.
• Subcontracted and managed the independent evaluation of the project.
Open and distance learning
open and distance learning
Product information The final product developed under this programme is an online environmental awareness course specifically designed for the Food & Drinks sector. This has been translated into Spanish, German and Slovenian. A Green Tube website has also been developed as a portal for countries across Europe to access case studies and useful environmental materials relating to the Food and Drinks sector.