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We welcome the readers of our new BE SMARTER News section. Central point of the network is developing innovative training tools to spread the EMAS easy-methodology. Our recently developed BE-SMARTER training package is a new and innovative learning approach consisting in face to face trainings, on the job implementation and a smart on line assistant : a "E-learning by doing platform" and personal tutoring for environmental consultants. More than 100 consultants in 5 European countries are currently testing this training package.

This news section is meant to inform consultants, public administrations, business support organisations and SMEs about the latest news in the field of environmental management systems and SMEs.

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17/12/2010

International conference on EMAS : Report of the BE-SMARTER session - Capacity Building for EMAS and EMAS Cluster Applications

During the International conference on EMAS that took place on the 25th of November in Brussels, a session was specially dedicated to EMAS Easy applications and BE-SMARTER.
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17/12/2010

Results of the final Be-Smarter conference in Tallinn, Estonia - 19th of November

Our Estonian partner, the Stockholm Environmental Institute Tallinn-Center, organised the Be-Smarter final conference in Tallinn. 50 participants attended the conference, where 5 estonian consultants got EMASEasy qualified !
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15/12/2010

International Conference on EMAS: Towards a resource efficient economy - Presentations available

On 25 November 2010, the International Conference on EMAS: Towards a Resource Efficient Economy took place in the Paul-Henri Spaak building of the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was jointly organised by the European Commission, DG Environment, the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the Be-Smarter project.
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14/12/2010

EMAS Easy part of the new "Study on SMEs and the environment in the European Union"

DG Enterprise has completed a study which estimates the environmental impact of SMEs in Europe, analyses administrative burdens stemming from EU environmental legislation and environmental business opportunities for SMEs, with concrete examples from single enterprises in 13 European countries. EMAS Easy is part of the study.
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02/12/2010

Conférence nationale BE-SMARTER en France - vendredi 3 décembre au Salon Pollutec

Des consultants "smarts" pour accompagner les petites entreprises dans leur démarche de management environnemental. Dans le cadre du projet européen BE SMARTER, l'ARPE Midi-Pyrénées a formé 16 consultants à l'outil méthodologique EMAS EASY ® afin de permettre aux TPE/PME de la région de mettre en place un système de management environnemental complet de façon simplifiée.
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13/11/2010

BE-SMARTER presented as best in class for the 2011 EU Life Long Learning Info Days in Brussels

Eco-Conseil Entreprise has been invited to the 2011 EU Life Long Learning Info Days in Brussels, on the 12th of November, to present the outcomes of the BE-SMARTER project and the main aspects of elaborating a good project proposal.
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10/11/2010

Article on BE-SMARTER in the last EU EMAS Newsletter

The European Commission, DG ENV has published an article on BE-SMARTER in the last EMAS Newsletter on Resource Efficiency. Doing more with less - resource efficiency - means decoupling economic growth from the use of resources. Ever more organisations recognise that improving resource efficiency will give them a competitive advantage and the potential to prosper in a low-resource economy.
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07/11/2010

Estonian national BE-SMARTER dissemination conference

The Estonian national BE-SMARTER dissemination conference will be held on the 19th of November 2010 in Tallinn.
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07/11/2010

Hungarian national BE-SMARTER dissemination conference

The Hungarian national BE-SMARTER dissemination conference will be held on the 9th of December 2010.
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05/11/2010

French national BE-SMARTER dissemination conference

The French national BE-SMARTER dissemination conference will be held on the 3rd of December in Lyon, during the international environmental Pollutec 2010 Fair.
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06/10/2010

BE-SMARTER discussed during the National Belgian EMAS Stakeholders Meeting

The annual meeting of the Belgian National Belgian EMAS Stakeholders Meeting has been held on the 4th of October in the premises of the Belgian Federal Ministry of Sustainable Development.
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21/09/2010

BE-SMARTER National dissemination conference in Berlin, Germany - 6th of October 2010

Our German partners (Modell Hohenlohe, Saarbrücken Umweltzentrum and FUU e.V.) have organised the BE-SMARTER national dissemination conference in Berlin, Germany - 6th of October 2010. The conference got the support of the German Federal Environmental Ministry (BMU).
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08/09/2010

'Resource efficiency' theme for the 2010 European EMAS Awards.

The European Commission, Environment Directorate General, is pleased to announce the 2010 European EMAS Awards. The award ceremony will take place in Brussels on 25 November 2010.
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03/08/2010

EMAS for SMEs discussed during the fourth EMAS Roundtable in Hungary discussed EMAS III

The fourth EMAS Roundtable took place in Balatonszárszó, near Lake Balaton, Hungary on 10 June 2010. This year’s event was organised by the EMAS-registered Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency within its CHAMP Project. Almost all organisations from the national EMAS register took part in the event, along with several potential EMAS-registered organisations.
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14/04/2010

EMAS Easy Cluster Project - Chamber of Commerce Mantua, northern Italy

The Chamber of Commerce of Mantua in Italy has started a pilot project to implement EMAS in 9 manufacturing and cooperative micro-enterprises in different industrial sectors.
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25/01/2010

International exchange visits on EMS for the agriculture sector on EMAS Easy

A French-Belgian delegation from the INTERREG IV-funded project “DURAGRISO14001” visited, from November 15th to 18th, several sites of the VNU project: “EMAS Easy in the agro-food industry” in the Niedersachsen area (North Germany).
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25/01/2010

Ecoforce: joint actions for greener SMEs in the cross border region of Romania and Bulgaria

The Ecoforce project aims to contribute to the sustainable development of the Bulgarian-Romanian cross-border area through safeguarding the natural environment, fostering cross-border cooperation through joint efforts to solve common problems and utilizing the border area’s potential in a sustainable way.
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22/01/2010

Commission announces winners of the EU EMAS Awards 2009

Seven organisations, of which BE-SMARTER coordinators Eco-Counselling Enterprise, won the European Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) Awards for excellence in environmental management.
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10/11/2009

Australian surf workshop on the green wave

Dolphin Surf Craft is considered one of the Worlds' top manufacturers of Surf Lifesaving equipment, including custom made Surf Skis & Paddle Boards. The company is exporting its products around the world, including to Europe. It has recently participated in an EMASeasy capacity building training held in Australia mid-september 2009.
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30/05/2009

Second Round: Wallonian Micro Companies are going for an EMAS Easy cluster !

The next EMAS Easy cluster, including up to 10 SMEs, will start in September 2009. This second cluster will use the BE-SMARTER e-learning and tutoring tools.
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12/05/2009

The Saarland Environmental Alliance welcomes 9 new SMEs

The Saarland Environmental Alliance is a voluntary initiative with a 5-year-term (2002-2007-2011) between the federal government (Saarland) and the economic chambers with a focus on sustainable development.
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11/05/2009

An EMAS Easy Pilot Programme for Caritas Bavaria

The Caritas Union of Bavaria is starting a pilot programme to implement a fully EMAS compliant management system through the use of the EMAS Easy methodology.
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04/05/2009

Report of the French national workshop on “Labels and competitiveness : benefits of environmental certification or labelling?”

On 17th and 18th March, the second edition of the French PM4E seminar, organized by ADEME (Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie), took place in Paris.
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07/01/2009

Ecorismo promotes EMAS Easy for the tourism sector

Ecorismo is an annual, professional French forum and tradefair where suppliers and manufacturers present green products and/or environmental solutions to the tourism industry. This year’s edition was organized in Arles, France, from 17 th to 18th March 2009.
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07/01/2009

Launching of an EMAS Easy application for agriculture and food production

A sector-specific convoy project for the implementation of EMAS Easy for SMEs engaged in agriculture and food production has been launched on the 9th of March, in Northern Germany.
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01/01/2009

EMAS Easy Global Action Plan in the UK

Building on the enthusiasm and success of its first two delegates to the EMAS Easy training programme in the UK in June 2008, the UK not-for-profit environmental group, Global Action Plan, initiated a second UK ‘Training of Consultants’ programme.
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01/01/2009

Report on the EMAS for SMEs conference, Brussels the 15th of December 2008

More than fifty delegates from DG Environment, European Competent Bodies, verification organisations, consultancies and industry representatives met in Brussels on 15 December to hear a variety of presentations on the revisions to the EMAS regulation, its implementation and barriers to its greater penetration in the market, with a clear focus on SMEs.
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19/12/2008

Mövenpick Resort Dead Sea and Mövenpick Resort Petra goes for EMAS Easy

The case of the Mövenpick Resorts is an excellent example of how socially responsible business can contribute positively to sustainability.
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30/10/2008

Schaeffler KG supports EMAS Easy

In the first EMASeasy Convoi for car-manufacturing supply chain, Schaeffler KG in Homburg/Saar actively supportes the introduction of EMAS for suppliers. The Schaeffler Group, a global player, is one of the EMAS Pioneers.
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06/05/2008

Two Hungarian local authorities EMAS registered with EMAS Easy

After the successful EMASeasy capacity-building project in 2005-2006, a new round of EMASeasy was started in Hungary with the coordination of KÖVET-INEM Hungária (Hungarian Association for Environmentally Aware Management).
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03/03/2008

Latvia's first EMAS-registered SME

Since 2003, PPE Serviss Ltd has manufactured glue for labels (for glass and different kind of plastic containers) for food and drinks manufacturers from Latvia, Lithuania, Germany and other countries. The company, which produced over 700 tons of products in 2007, shows a growing interest in the quality of its products and develops glue formulas according to the clients' individual needs. The staff consists of 5 people: manager, laboratory assistant, technician and two auxiliary workers.
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