Title Transfer of the innovation of expert methodologies for the qualification of eco-efficiency matters in the SME and combate the climatic change
Project Number 2009-1-ES1-LEO05-10350
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Eco-efficiency project builds a network of employees, employers and unemployed to reduce the environmental impact of the companies activity.
The project has transfered a training method for unemployers and workers applied to SMEs that from the mutual interest has favoured following objectives:
1. Unemployers’ access to the first place of work.
2. Unemployers’ and workers’ expert qualification in eco-efficiency matter for its implementation to SMEs.
3. Workers’ labour improvement based on the knowledge acquired and results validated.
4. The use of TICs by SMEs and workers as support tools to the lifelong-learning training in eco-efficiency matter applied to SMEs.
5. To generate more added value for SMEs (energy consumption reduction, environmental impacts and emissions to the atmosphere) through the training of their workers in eco-
efficiency matter; which favour the fight against climate change.
The partnership composition (ES, AT, SK, DE) and its specialization ambits (training, TICs, enterprise, gender maestraiming and environment) and its multi-agent feature (public authorities, commerce chambers, SMEs, experts in environment and training experts); were key elements guaranteeing the achievement of the objectives and the following results:
a)Expert qualification in “applying eco-efficiency measures in SMEs" (“PREPARE” and “OPTIMA”) of 20 unemployers (intermediate technical degrees) who subsequently have trained workers of at least 20 multi-sectoral SMES. BPs and BATs have been applied too as a joint learning process. As result of this training process quantified savings related to energy consumption and reduction of emissions to the atmosphere have been obtained.
b)Dissemination of the methodology and training contents through the project home page, as basis for the international training of workers in e-Learning modality; and the creation of an international observatory open to SMEs, public authorities and institutions.
c)Publications of patterns, results, specific products for dissemination and events for the project valorisation at European level and by key target sectors; and a scope higher
than 250 authorities, 1000 SMEs, 4000 workers and 100.000 people.
As specific tool in support of the results valorisation strategy it highlights as virtual work site, the creation of a “counter register” of economic savings and of emissions reduction to the atmosphere, obtained by the participating SMEs and the European entities adhering the international observatory of the project to reach the widest scope in benefit of the transfer of results through inductive methodologies based in eco-efficiency principles and for the reinforcement of the project corporate image.
The recent strategy to combat climate change and the emissions reduction targets set by the EU require European SMEs’ direct involvement in the adoption of good practices and best available techniques that require processes for specific training of workers, together with approaches that promote awareness and involvement of companies in line with the emissions reduction targets that have been set.
Two methodologies have been used to develop the project:
I. The PREPARE methodology, initially devised by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Science and Research of Austria, to promote processes of implementation of environmental management systems in companies, is an excellent methodological basis for the transfer that can be supplemented with joint transfer of Good Environmental Practices and Best Available Techniques in relation to the environment focused on eco-efficiency principles which demonstrate cost savings and reduced emissions to the atmosphere as the key to value training for the general benefit to the company. The PREPARE methodology allows training diploma or degree holders in the identification of environmental impacts present in businesses, the way to quantify them and the diagnoses associated to their problems, as a basis upon which to develop an approach to joint worker training based on the selected company itself as a platform for practical learning and visibility of results.
II. At the same time the proposal of a list of good environmental practices and best available techniques in relation to the environment that have already been validated in the LIFE OPTIMA project complements this transfer with specific applications focused on the field of eco-efficiency and enable the demonstration by means of their implementation as part of the learning process, of generation of cost savings and emissions reductions that facilitate the exploitation of results and interest in this learning by the company participating in the learning process.
As a part associated with the results an international observatory has been created that has integrated 200 international expert institutions interested in the exchange of experiences in order to update measures and technologies appropriate to technical progress and with the express purpose of providing the project with continuity after completion of the transfer project that has been developed under the Leonardo da Vinci Subprogram.
Open and distance learning
Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
open and distance learning
material for open learning
Product information http://www.eco-smes.eu/docs/eco-eficiencia_en.pdf