WCEF 2017: SMEs have good opportunities in the Circular Economy to grow and strive but support is needed for the sector to grow faster
Sharing best practices and ideas in closing the loop was the main focus of the World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki. The discussions highlighted the many opportunities for SMEs to grow by applying circular business models, however, many challenges remain. It will take combined efforts from the business community and governments, as well as a strong focus on education to successfully apply this model.
Water and energy are scarce resources in Palestine. Any measure in the industrial context to achieve better water and energy management can result in immense resource and cost savings, saving money for the companies and resources for the community. The MED TEST II component of the EU funded SwitchMed programme assists Palestinian industries in this regard and there is remarkable progress.
As part of the political component of SwitchMed, Algeria has developed a national action plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production, entitled "42 Actions to Develop Sustainable Cconsumption and Production"
SwitchMed is participating at the 17th Meeting of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development
Mediterranean countries report on progress made towards the region's sustainable development goals at the 17th Meeting of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development
The MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme has invited SwitchMed to participate in the MENA-OECD Working Group on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Entrepreneurship Policy in Rome next 4-5th of July 2017
Our Switcher of the month in July is Zelij, a Morrocan eco-friendly company innovating in sustainable construction, making floor tiles, paving stones and other building materials from plastic waste.
SwitchMed is improving access to finance for Green Entrepreneurs and the Switchers. In Jordan, 15 Green Start-ups will finally participate at the SwitchMed's Green Start-ups Meet Investors Coaching and Pitching sessions .
SwitchMed is improving access to finance for Green Entrepreneurs and the Switchers. In Egypt, 13 Green Start-ups from different sectors will finally participate at the SwitchMed's Green Startups Meet Investors Coaching and Pitching sessions
Preparing Tunisia’s export sector for the EU Single Market for Green Products with the EU funded SwitchMed programme
The Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) framework of EU is in its final stage and the resulting policies could affect the ability of Tunisian companies exporting green labeled products to the EU. UNIDO together with local experts undertakes a pilot study to see what environmental and economic impacts the PEF methodology might have on Tunisian companies and to build local expertise on the tools of PEF.
Thanks to the support of SwitchMed, the «ornithological weekend» organized by Tunisia Ecotourism in Ichkeul Park, an exceptional bird heritage site in northern Tunisia, is now sold by a pioneer in French adventure tours: Point-Voyage.