The recent strategy to combat climate change and the emissions reduction targets set by the EU require European SMEs’ direct involvement in the adoption of good practices and best available techniques that require processes for specific training of workers, together with approaches that promote awareness and involvement of companies in line with the emissions reduction targets that have been set.
Two methodologies are used to develop the project:
- I. The PREPARE methodology, initially devised by the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Science and Research of Austria, to promote processes of implementation of environmental management systems in companies, is an excellent methodological basis for the transfer that can be supplemented with joint transfer of Good Environmental Practices and Best Available Techniquesin relation to the environment focused on eco-efficiency principles which demonstrate cost savings and reduced emissions to the atmosphere as the key to value training for the general benefit to the company. The PREPARE methodology allows training diploma or degree holders in the identification of environmental impacts present in businesses, the way to quantify them and the diagnoses associated to their problems, as a basis upon which to develop an approach to joint worker training based on the selected company itself as a platform for practical learning and visibility of results.
- II. At the same time the proposal of a list of good environmental practices and best available techniques in relation to the environment that have already been validated in the LIFE OPTIMA project complements this transfer with specific applications focused on the field of eco-efficiency and enable the demonstration by means of their implementation as part of the learning process, of generation of cost savings and emissions reductions that facilitate the exploitation of results and interest in this learning by the company participating in the learning process.
As a part associated with the results an international observatory will be created that will integrate 200 international expert institutions that are interested in the exchange of experiences in order to update measures and technologies appropriate to technical progress and with the express purpose of providing theproject with continuity after completion of the transfer project to be developed under the Leonardo da Vinci Subprogram.