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SMES NEEDS ON TOOLS

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									                                                SME NEEDS


B) SME NEEDS ON TOOLS


1. PROFESSIONAL PERSONAL
   1.1. Sufficient system of lifelong education of entrepreneurs and their employees, sufficient human
        resources;
   1.2. Professional personal for compliance with HSE legislation
   1.3. Experts’ support and friendly solutions - development of tools tailored to SMEs’ needs and specialized
        services supplied by associations or consultants
   1.4. Need of info-communication background of SMEs: improvement of internet and computer usage level

2. REVITALISATION PROCEDURES
   2.1. Management tools addressed to decision making bodies, planners, designers, project managers,
        necessary on each phase of revitalisation process,
   2.2. Research tools necessary for identification of chemical and/or physical contaminations, risk
        assessment, characterisation of the site for pointing out revitalisation options,
   2.3. Tools for involvement of interested parties in each phases of revitalisation process,

3. ECODESIGN
   3.1. Sufficient methodologies and tools for SMEs

4. GREEN PROCUREMENT PRACTICES
   4.1. Diffusion of Green procurement practices as Green Public Procurement (availability of criteria,
        procedures, examples).
   4.2. Green purchasing
   4.3. Green Supply Chain Management

5. COMMUNICATION/CERTIFICATION TOOLS OF THE SUSTAINABILITY OF PRODUCTS:
   5.1. Need of continuous and verifiable improvement of the environmental performance of products’ life cycle,
   5.2. Need of simplified and low cost tools/methodologies and availability of simplified certification/validation
        systems.
   5.3. Needs of integration of social, economic and environmental aspects.

6. MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
   6.1. Methodologies and tools for stronger inclusions of aspects related to products and the supply chains in
        the Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001, EMAS) of an organization.
   6.2. Diffusion of Product Oriented Environmental Management Systems (POEMS).
   6.3. Supporting tools for a wider diffusion of EMS in Agriculture;
   6.4. In SMEs, technological and managerial innovation processes are not separable; this is valid also for the
        environmental aspects. As principal drivers for innovation are quality and costs, environmental
        innovation should take into account them too.
   6.5. Increase of knowledge about EMS
   6.6. Improvement of EMS level
   6.7. Need of exchanging consultancy for learning
   6.8. Practicality of EMS - need of benefits from EMS
   6.9. Environmental reporting




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7. DATABASES FOR LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT (LCA)

   7.1. Availability of sector specific Databases for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of products
   7.2. Simplified tools for the application of LCA by SMEs;

8. SUPPORTING NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL FRAME AND TOOLS FOR CARBON FOOTPRINT

9. ASSESSMENTS/ MEASUREMENTS
   9.1. Methods for technology assessment: ecoefficiency indicators and integration of economic,
        environmental and social aspects.
   9.2. Methodology to measure the environmental impacts of products and processes

10. NETWORKING
   10.1. “Horizontal” (districts, associations, etc.), “vertical” (supply chain) and transnational networks are means
        for fast diffusion of innovation.
   10.2. Insufficient linkage between research and development and the business sector, small capacities for
        innovation
   10.3. Sufficiently developed system of specialised services (financial, business, technical etc.)
   10.4. Sufficiently developed system of lifelong education of entrepreneurs and their employees, sufficient
        human resources
   10.5. Sufficient cooperation level between science and research institutions and businesses
   10.6. Easier access to R & D

11. ENERGETIC PERFORMANCE
   11.1. Methodologies to assess and improve the energetic performances of materials.
   11.2. Support SMEs in EuP (energy-using products) compliance (simplified tools and methodologies,
        guidelines) (BUILDINGS);
   11.3. Availability of alternative energy sources
   11.4. Efficient use of raw materials and energy
   11.5. Energy efficiency (new buildings and renewal of existing buildings)
   11.6. Use of renewable energy
   11.7. Reduction of heat loss
   11.8. Prevention of disturbances in the electrical installation and prevention of network congestion

12. WASTE PRODUCTION
   12.1. Waste avoidance
   12.2. Minimization of municipal waste
   12.3. Waste separation

13. GENERAL
   13.1. Increasing quality requirements
   13.2. Increase of competitiveness
   13.3. Sufficient export activities;
   13.4. Overview of support possibilities
   13.5. Providing services in technology transfer
   13.6. Competent contact points on regional level (consultancies, chambers of trade and industry) which
        advice help-seeking companies
   13.7. Ensuring compliance with HSE legislation
   13.8. Short internal rate of return for the investments, as SMEs are focused on short time analysis.
   13.9. Problems with the protection of Intellectual Property Rights




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   13.10. Reduction of costs
   13.11. Reduction of one or few of negative impacts on environment depending on the company specific
          range of activity on market
   13.12. Development or replacement of existing technology
   13.13. Increase of proportion in public contracts
   13.14. Increase of effectiveness of incubators, technological parks and similar infrastructure

14. INFORMATION
   14.1. Increase of information relating to waste utilization possibilities, opportunities, energy and material
        efficiency (as use of biomass, waste fraction), EMS,
   14.2. Increase of information on syngas production and use,
   14.3. Increase of information on systems based on fuel cells
   14.4. Improvement of knowledge in the field of innovation management

15. FINANCE
   15.1. The high financial demands of the testing phase of eco-innovations;
   15.2. Difficulties in obtaining financing for the initial (reference) implementation of eco-innovative technologies
        (entry into the market);
   15.3. Increase of using risk capital level;
   15.4. Increase of proportion of private investments into science and research
   15.5. Increase of possibilities of the national economy for creating a wide-structured financial market;
   15.6. Need of simplified tax system, especially from the perspective of the smallest entrepreneurs, and a high
        total tax burden, especially social and health insurance payments;
   15.7. An administratively demanding manner in which new business entities are set up, a lack of capital for
        starting and developing entrepreneurial activities;
   15.8. The administrative demands in obtaining direct aid for entrepreneurs;




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