Financing Resource Efficient and Cleaner Products for SMEs – Stakeholder Guidebook

This Stakeholders’ Guidebook presents a range of financial sources and mechanisms thatcan be used by Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the European Unio...



RECP Demonstration project: Results by 2017

Current booklet is called to present results of EaP Green “Resource efficiency and clean production” Demonstration project (RECP) in Armenia, based on activities, estimates, assistance schemes for SMEs implemented t...



Financing for SME

Leaflet on possibilities for financing RECP audits for SMEs has collected available financing options and loans which are available for small and medium companies to pursue their business ideas and cover costs of suggestive resource efficiency measures within their organizat...

RECP Green Club

The RECP Green Club workstream under EaP GREEN is aimed at developing and piloting a lean support model for enterprises, in particular smaller businesses. The model should be scale-able and replicable, in that after initial trials in two regions it can be made available on a continuous basis to more regions and ultimately indeed throughout the country.
Each Green Club provides practical RECP support to some 8-10 small enterprises. Upon completion of the Club programme each member enterprise would have developed an actionable RECP plan and have started with its implementation. The action plan is developed and put in place on a modular, thematic basis. Each theme/module was introduced during a 2-3 hrs how to workshop that ends with practical guidance for member enterprises to apply. The following workshop, enterprises report back on experiences (fostering collective learning) and are introduced to the next topic. A total of 6 modules is foreseen, and delivered with intervals of about 3 weeks over a period of about 4 months. Upon completion of the action plan, the ‘hosting’ organization (municipality or other regional or local authority) could present a certificate of completion, which could then also be renewed annually if enterprises continue to improve their environmental initiatives.

The modules are organized by thematic areas in the following sequence:
1. Business Profile: profiling of the enterprise with a particular focus on identifying resource uses and environmental impacts and appraising these in both physical units (tons, kWhretc) as well as their monetary value (input costs and non-product output costs);
2. Energy: understanding energy use in company and developing energy efficiency options for processes, utility systems and buildings management;
3. Materials and Waste: understanding main material flows in enterprise and associated waste streams, and developing materials efficiency and waste reduction options;
4. Water and Waste Water: understanding main water flows in enterprise and associated waste water streams and developing water efficiency and effluent reduction options;
5. Chemicals, Hazards and Emissions: understanding chemicals use and associated hazards and emissions, and developing options for sound and responsible chemicals use; and
6. Action Planning: bringing together options from different topics into an integrated approach for enterprise with short, medium and longer term goals and actions.