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Environmental Policy Toolkit for SME Greening in EU Eastern Partnership Countries

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This toolkit, based on existing good practice, aims to help governments in the EU’s Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) to design and implement key instruments to promote environmental compliance and green business practices among small and medium-sized enterprises. Reducing the environmental impact of SMEs in both manufacturing and services is a key success factor in greening the economy. At the same time, improving environmental performance is a significant business opportunity for SMEs as important suppliers of goods and services. Developed under the EaP GREEN project, this report will be of interest to environmental and economic ministries, as well as business associations and non-governmental and academic institutions in EaP countries.

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Green certification scheme for SMEs in the hospitality sector in Georgia

This chapter provides a justification and detailed implementation plan for a green certification scheme for SMEs in the hospitality sector in Georgia. The chapter begins with an explanation of benefits of green certification schemes generally, before discussing Georgia’s specific situation. The design and scope of a hospitality green certification scheme is explored. Guidance on institutions that should be involved in the design phase and the implementation phase is provided. Comparisons are made with certification schemes in other national jurisdictions, and different sub-sectors within the hospitality sector in Georgia are examined. Finally, criteria are proposed for the three levels of the green certifications scheme.

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