Welcome to SMecoMP
The SMecoMP project is co-funded by the European Union and National Funds of the participating countries
SMecoMPL I V E P R E S E N T A T I O N S S C H E D U L E
Click on the dates below, to visit Live Presentations of the program:
|Introduction and presentation of the training framework||17:00-17:30||Monday 16/11/2020|
|Natural Resource Management - Energy||17:30-18:30|
|Cost-Benefit Analysis||17:00-18:30||Tuesday 17/11/2020|
|Environmental Management-Environmental Impact Reports||17:00-18:30||Thurday 19/11/2020|
|Corporate Social Responsibility||18:30-20:00|
|From a green idea to a sustainable business||17:00-18:30
|Introduction to Lean Startup for experiment-driven business model discovery||12:00-13:30
The SMecoMP project’s partners have developed a comprehensive framework of training curricula which include four tailor-made training modules that combine theoretical knowledge on the resource and environmental regional and global problems with practical tools on how business can change their behavior in order to take into account these problems. The theoretical information and practical tools contained in the training modules are focusing on eco-innovation and eco-entrepreneurial knowledge and skills required by SMEs staff. The training topics were decided after intensive consultation with all concerned parties in meetings and consultation sessions carried out in all four partner countries. Based on the outcome of consultation, SMecoMP partners decided to organize the training material in the following four training modules:
TM1. Environmental and Energy Economics – Cost Benefit Analysis - Environmental Finance and Accounting
TM2. Environmental Management – Environmental Impact Assessment - Corporate Social Responsibility
TM3. Eco-innovation and technology transfer
TM4. From a green idea to a sustainable business.
Here we provide a short introduction which, after establishing the basic relationship between the economic activity and the natural environment, discusses the benefits and challenges that business face in the transition to a more friendly operation that could contribute to circular economy. The introduction completes with a short overview of the four training modules.
- Teacher: Eftichios Sartzetakis
Teaching Module 1: “Environmental and Energy Economics – Cost Benefit Analysis – Environmental Finance and Accounting”
The first training module establishes the interconnections among economic growth, resource and energy consumption and the natural environment and then proceeds to examine specific issues that relate to the firms’ operation. In the first part the need for action so as to move towards sustainable economic development is discussed focusing on sustainable production, that is, the role of business. In the second part, the module will present some important tools that can be used by business and in particular, Cost-Benefits Analysis, Environmental Finance and Accounting.
The objective of the first part of the module is to enhance participant’s abilities to understand and critically evaluate the inter-linkages between economic activity and natural environment, in theory and in practice. It also aims at providing skills and an improved understanding of how firms and organizations work with sustainability issues such as environmental and natural resource management. Emphasis will be placed on the energy sector, since energy is an important input in all production processes and it also related to the main environmental issues. The course will offer cases from important regional sectors, such as tourism and agriculture.
In the second part of the course, Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) objective is to provide students with an understanding of the processes, techniques and tools for assessing private and public investments with emphasis on their environmental impact. This part of the course will identify and examine all relevant information necessary to assess the impact of a proposed action on specific environmental indicators. Students will learn how to incorporate elements of cost benefit analysis into private decision making and policy design. Students will be also familiarized with critiques of CBA so they can judge when it is a good tool to use and when it isn’t.
Environmental Accounting’s (EA) objective is to provide a framework for the monitoring, recording and reporting of financial (and non-financial) corporate environmental activities and performance, an assessment of their credibility, support to business management in making the ad hoc optimal investment and operating decisions, and the configuration of the content of appropriate reports and statements that will provide critical relevant information to interesting parties both in and out of the company. The number of companies applying EA currently soars because of the need to comply with impending State directives and social expectations, as well as the need to minimize the pollution produced by corporate operations and the pertinent pollution abatement costs.
Teaching Module 2: Environmental Management – Environmental Impact Assessment - Corporate Social Responsibility
The content of the thematic module is aimed at clarifying the nature of eco-innovation and the problems of transition from the traditional to the eco-industry. The complex nature of innovations and the importance of transfer of technological innovations for the development of entrepreneurship in small and medium-sized enterprises are emphasized. The course clarifies: the origin and evolution of the concept of bioeconomy; the relation between the concept of bioeconomy and the concepts of sustainable development, green economy, circular economy and major social transformation, as well as the main actors in the bioeconomy and their relationships.
The course shall be titled "From a green idea to a sustainable business " and will focus on providing the participants with the basic knowledge and skills needed to start exploring the potential of such an idea, by identifying their first potential market and customers.
This module has been based on the “EIT Climate-KIC’s Climatelaunchpad” and “MIT’s 24 Steps to a Successful Startup” methodologies.
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