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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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Simplified Environmental Management Systems for SMEs in Armenia

This chapter explores simplified Environmental Management Systems (EMS) in detail, and develops the concept for a proposed simplified EMS for Armenia. The chapter begins with the experiences and approaches of different EU countries in using simplified EMS. This is used as a springboard to build up the proposal for Armenia. For the simplified EMS, detailed step-by-step instructions are included for each level, accompanied by illustrative examples from EU countries. While the EMS was developed for Armenia at the behest of the stakeholder, the guidance is potentially applicable to other EAP countries.

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