Green growth in SMEs divides parliament
We cannot afford a non-green Europe. Raw materials, water and energy are the heaviest burden for SMEs within the EU. Together, they make up half of production costs for our companies. This hinders their competiveness, and this report could help fight this, by supporting a path towards innovative technologies with less impact. The report calls on the commission and the member states to monitor the results achieved by SMEs that have accessed green innovation funding, in order to gauge its effectiveness.
The principle of monitoring funding is particularly important to the 5-Star Movement, because only through constant monitoring can actions be corrected and the desired effects be achieved.
Otherwise, we run the risk of only having good intentions, without any tangible results. Today, 93 per cent of SMEs in the EU promote resource efficiency initiatives, but only 42 per cent manage real savings.
Another positive aspect is that the report urges the commission to extend the eco-design instrument so that it includes a resource efficiency dimension, as part of the circular economy package.
This is crucial because it will address durability, reparability and recyclability of products, including standards for guaranteed minimum lifetime and disassembly.
However, we do not support the idea that 'deregulation' could be 'an engine for growth'. Deregulating doesn't necessarily mean relieving the bureaucratic burden of SMEs. Boosting SMEs' green growth will only be possible by reducing bureaucracy.
Marco Zullo (IT) is parliament's EFDD group shadow rapporteur on green growth opportunities for SMEs