List Of Cross Linked Projects Carried out By Smenergy's Partners
SMEs make up over 99% of all businesses and account for approximately 13% of global final energy consumption, meaning that their contribution to the energy efficiency improvement targets of European Union is crucial. It has been found that energy efficiency is not a high priority for SMEs due to high investment costs, lack of profitability, lack of awareness and lack in time and resources to work. There are many case studies of successful implementation of measures reducing the energy footprint of SMEs from different sectors showing that the barriers to energy efficiency improvement could be overcome. Additionally, there are several measures related to heating, cooling, lighting, production equipment, process design and energy supply that could be implemented to reduce the energy footprint of businesses. Many of these measures are simple, require zero or low capital cost and would have other benefits, such as personnel satisfaction and productivity improvement. However, there are step changes related to processes design and energy supply that could be implemented, resulting to significant energy and carbon footprint reduction. These changes require considerable investments from the SMEs, but they have relatively small payback period due to the energy and cost savings.
AGILITe – Developing Digital And Entrepreneurial Competences Of Vet Trainers To Support Agile Entrepreneurship Training
Project Ref. №: 2020-1-IE01-KA226-VET-082937
Project Website: www.agilite-project.eu/
Project Description: Addresses three main objectives: (1) building the digital competences of VET tutors; (2) building the entrepreneurial spirit of VET tutors; (3) building an understanding of the European Green Deal and the new business opportunities it offers. AGILITe will develop a continuous professional development training program that simultaneously addresses DigCompEdu, EntreComp, and The European Green Deal.
BLAST – Fostering Youth Social Inclusion through Blockchain for Sustainability
Project Ref. №: 2020-3-IE01-KA205-082899
Project Website: www.blast-euproject.com
Project Description: BLAST! project aims at contributing to quality and innovation in Youth work by seizing the potential brought about by Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) to act upon environmental issues that can be solved with the support of these emerging technologies.
The main objective of BLAST! is to foster social inclusion of young people at risk of marginalization by means of a fun and engaging non-formal learning programme for an EQF level. The course will be complemented with video-based digital learning through digital stelling to enhance youth engagement on the Sustainable Revolution. It will focus on the areas of climate change, natural disasters, biodiversity loss, ocean health deterioration, air pollution and water scarcity.
CDWASTE - DEVELOPING VET FOR ADDRESSING CONSTRUCTION AND DEMOLITION WASTE MANAGEMENT SKILLS NEEDS
Project Ref. №: 2019-1-FR01-KA202-062962
Project Website: www.cdwaste-managevet.com
Project Description: VET programme development with WBL component that meets the training needs of Waste Managers and CDW Managers, related to the treatment of CDW as a potential source of raw material to be exploited (recovery, reuse, recycling).
ECF4CLIM - A EUROPEAN COMPETENCE FRAMEWORK FOR A LOW CARBON ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH EDUCATION
Project Ref. №: Grant agreement No. 101036505
Programme: HORIZON 2020
Project Website: www.ecf4clim.net
Project Description: ECF4CLIM develops, tests and validates a European Competence Framework (ECF) for transformational change, which will empower the educational communities to take action against climate change and towards a sustainable development.
The scope of the activities will include the levels of the educational system from primary schools to universities.
The long term will be given particular attention in view of the long time that often it takes for policy and educational measures to produce their impacts.
GREEN-4-FUTURE - GREENING THE ENTRECOMP FRAMEWORK TO RECONCILE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY
Project Ref. №: 2020-1-DE02-KA202-007429
Project Website: www.green4future.eu
Project Description: Green-4-Future project aims to greening the EntreComp Framework, while promoting robust business models for circular economy businesses within the VET sector. To do so, the project will develop a training programme to upskill VET tutors in green entrepreneurship education and Business Modeling courses for entrepreneurs who wish to develop and/or greening their businesses.
SPIRE-SAIS - Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis - A Cross-Sectoral Blueprint for a Sustainable Process Industry (SPIRE-SAIS)
Project Ref. №: 612429-EPP-1-2019-1-DE-EPPKA2-SSA-B
Project Website: www.aspire2050.eu/sais
Project Description: Aims to develop an industry driven and pro-active skills strategy focusing on industrial -urban symbiosis and energy efficiency across the eight sectors of SPIRE (chemicals, steel, engineering, non-ferrous metals, minerals, water, cement, ceramics).
Anticipating new skills demands and allowing pro-active practical activities meeting the future requirements of Energy Intensive Industries.
SUSTAIN-CE - INTEGRATION OF SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY CONCEPTS IN CIVIL ENGINEERING CURRICULA
Project Ref. №: 2020-1-TR01-KA203-093522
Project Website: https://sustain-ce.yasar.edu.tr/
Project Description: SUSTAIN-CE project will enrich the Civil Engineering undergraduate programs’ curricula by incorporating in them Sustainable Design (SD) and Circular Economy (CE) concepts. This will ensure that graduates can apply these concepts in the development and implementation of civil engineering projects.
ADVANCE – Advancing MuNicipal Circlular Economy
Project Ref. №: 2021-1-EL01-KA220-VET-000033247
Project Website: www.advance-foodwaste.eu
Project Description: The focus of the new EU Circular Economy Action Plan is on avoiding waste and transforming it into a high-quality market for secondary raw materials. To this end, the selective collection will be addressed to households as well as to commercial businesses such as hotels, restaurants and cafés. ADVANCE will develop a Baseline assessment of the current food waste management practices in Municipalities and HORECA SMEs and a benchmark of existing best practices in the EU. Furthermore, a Gap Analysis methodology will be developed and a Roadmap will be created, providing a step-by-step methodological framework for implementing the food waste targets. Finally, an ADVANCE Course will be prepared, covering certain learning modules for waste management. In order to encompass all the results and training content, the ADVANCE Online Platform (Open Education Resource) will be constructed, including and interactively hosting all of the above.
ReS-Food-Reducing Food Waste and Rescue Surplus Food Supplies
Project Ref. №: 2022-1-RS01-KA220-VET-000088446
Project Website: http://www.res-food.eu/
Project Description:Every year in EU, from primary production to the consumer, around 88 million tons of food waste is generated, with economic, social and environmental negative impacts. Reducing food losses (either packaged or raw) is positively reflected on improving resource efficiency, sustainability of food production, reducing gas emissions and on the health of European and even world population. The Res-Food Project’s general goals are to provide training and awareness to all actors that are engaged from food production to food consumption in order to acquire required skills for assessing food loss and designing prevention measures for food loss and bridge companies from all the supply chain sector that potentially generate food loss with humanitarian organizations.
FaRMeR-Farms Risk Management to Enhance Resilience
Project Ref. №: KA220-VET-865D4C25
Project Website: www.farmer-project.eu
Project Description:The agricultural sector in Europe faces a lot of challenges that threaten its stability, profitability and even its survivability. Because of all the possible dangers of different forms, farmers are discouraged to invest in productivity improvements (European Commission, 2017) that, in the long run, might improve the farm profitability and resilience. The typical farms are missing the holistic Risk Management perception for their overall business entity and operations. The FaRMER project will present the necessary approach in the Risk Management and Risk and Risk Resilience, and address the whole spectrum of needs of the typical Farmer business. FaRMER will also make use of the capabilities that technology offers to farmers, in order to stabilize and improve their business.
REFRAME-CirculaR Economy strategy FRAMEwork for sustainable SMEs
Project Ref. №: 2020-1-EL01-KA202-078870
Project Website: https://reframe-project.eu/
Project Description: Climate change and environmental destruction are a threat to Europe and the world. Circular Economy (CE) has been identified as one of the key priorities that requires attention and actions for all organisations, regardless their size.
The REFRAME project created a CE Transition Framework specifically for small and medium businesses in construction, manufacturing and crafts industry, to help them become friendlier to the environment. It provides the EU construction & manufacturing SMEs and micro-enterprises’ employees and future employees with practical knowledge on implementing CE transition in their business.
Couriers Go Green
Project Ref. №: 2022-1-EL01-KA220-VET-000087645
Project Website: https://www.green-courier.eu/
Project Description: There are several environmental challenges associated with last mile delivery operations. The increase in last mile delivery vehicles increases traffic congestion and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Consumer demand for fast delivery is so overwhelming that speed often takes precedence over environmental friendliness. However, as climate concerns grow exponentially, green delivery must become a priority. To this end, the Couriers Go Green project is developing a certified training programme as well as a step-by-step Green Strategy process model to help key players in the transport sector make a Green shift in their operations, thereby contributing to environmental protection and combating climate change.