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Small and medium-sized enterprises are increasingly aware of the benefits of closing loops and improving resource efficiency, such as saving material costs, creating competitive advantages, and accessing new markets. At the same time, however, various barriers challenge small businesses in their transition to a circular economy, namely a lack of financial resources and a lack of technical skills.

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“Ecopreneurs for the Climate” is the Global Week of Green Business and the Climate Movement. A week of activities, comprising climate innovation labs and the Climate Champion Awards, that takes place in cities and communities across the world. It aims at empowering ecopreneurs and scaling up green business solutions that tackle climate change. The 2016 Edition -ECO4CLIM16- will take place on October 24-30, 2016.

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The Circular Economy paradigm may offer enterprises a new crop of opportunities, but SMEs risk being left behind because the complexity of the discussion and of the instruments are unsurmountable barriers to exploitation. A systematically organised and stakeholders centred framework is necessary to give SMEs access to these opportunities: in the report the authors develop such a framework.

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World Tourism Day: Europe's local leaders call for a European strategy to boost the tourism sector

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Come along to GreenEcoNet's Final Conference on 26th May, hosted by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels. Our theme for this final event will be "Moving towards a circular economy: Challenges and opportunities for SMEs’’. We hope to see you there.

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£7m fund available to SMEs on a first come-first served basis covering energy saving training, cost saving assessments, implementation advice, and capital support for the installation of energy efficiency equipment.
Eligible companies can apply for a capital contribution to cover up to 15% of an energy efficiency project or equipment replacement cost, up to a maximum of £10,000.

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- What are the finance mechanisms for green SMEs operating in the European Union?
- What are the challenges for SMEs to apply for these innovative finance sources?
- What role can the GreenEcoNet platform play in supporting SMEs interested in these innovative finance mechanisms?

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Are you a locally-led start-up or social and environmental enterprises in a developing or emerging economy? Apply for the 2016 SEED Awards!

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