EREK stands for the European Resource Efficiency Knowledge Centre: a new European initiative that enables small and medium sized companies (SMEs)
to make better use of their resources, produce less waste and increase their overall productivity and competitiveness.
Via its online platform, EREK is bringing together a network of business support organisations from different regions and sectors across the continent. The platform is an open, collaborative space
for the sharing of knowledge and expertise on resource efficiency. EREK is looking forward to welcoming new members to take part and stimulate resource efficiency initiatives in SMEs.
With EREK, European SMEs can take their first step towards combining competitiveness with resource efficiency in their business operations. The expertise and tools offered help businesses save resources and cut costs.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has been analysing environmental labels for more than 15 years. In this video, OECD Policy Analyst Andrew Prag discusses some of the issues relevant to eco-labels around the world.
In 2013, the OECD published a study documenting the international landscape of environmental labelling and information schemes that found a rapid expansion in the number of eco-labels, especially in the last few years. This raises questions about the multiplicity of schemes: does the great expansion in the number of eco-labels undermine their environmental value or is competition a force for good in the market? Does the growth in schemes have implications for international trade? And should some form of international criteria be introduced to ensure the quality of schemes?
Pozzi Leopoldo SRL provides an engineering service to the textile machinery industry, focusing on energy optimisation and efficient factories. In this video, Mr Pozzi explains the importance of Environmental Technology Verification to their work.
Recent decades have seen increasing demand for sustainable technologies and energy efficient equipment. Mr Pozzi is the third-generation of one of the oldest Italian textile machinery manufacturers, founded in 1885 in the area between Milan and Como. His experience in the textile industry included the invention of bottom-up mechanical and software innovations for the improvement of working conditions, company profit and environment-friendly solutions. Mr Pozzi has contributed to the re-organisation of dozens of plants internationally, ranging from a new sewing-yarn enterprise in Egypt to the largest home-textile factory in Pakistan, from an Italian multinational cosmetics enterprise to the largest producer of acrylic yarn in India.
Manage for today, lead for tomorrow – the success of every SME is built on this premise. Yet today’s economic context coupled with growing global competition has made it all the more challenging for Europe’s SMEs to survive let alone thrive. That’s why the support network developed by KARIM, an EU initiative set up in North West Europe, has been so instrumental.
Perspective(s) on Responsible Innovation
Set up to assist SMEs in North West Europe, KARIM has made a significant breakthrough in the innovation landscape by considering ‘responsibility’ from the perspective of those behind it - entrepreneurs and researchers.
Its new guidance book, ‘Responsible Innovation in the context of the KARIM project’, proves there is competitive advantage by innovating using new technology from universities in a way, which considers the impact of innovation on society, groups within it and the environment. Such is the evidence that the EU has invested in KARIM to encourage wider adoption of responsible innovation.
Organised as a part of the European SME Week, this one-day event will showcase and evaluate the projects achievements across three areas of activity:
Complementing the guidance on Responsible Innovation, the project has conducted transnational research to answer a series of questions related to SME & labs international cooperation: How do SMEs build cooperation in KARIM regions, how do they prepare to go international, what is the available support in their jurisdictions? What is the role of spinoff in technology transfer in the several KARIM regions and their experiences in the technology transfer from academia to industry?
In just over two years, KARIM has proven the value of transnational cooperation between academia and innovation support organisations to foster cross border partnerships between labs and SMEs.
KARIM provides transnational support to SMEs in order to enhance their involvement in European cooperation. This support builds on tools dedicated to business development managers, students with a collaborative placement scheme, SMEs responsible innovation diagnostic, (…)