Have you already heard of ENECO? This interesting cross-border project focuses on working towards sustainable eco-economy in the context of small and medium companies. Find out how they define green shopping and what their future plans are.
The ENECO project has six partners, namely Centro de Recursos Ambientales de Navarra (CRANA), Asociación de empresas de la Merindad de Estella (LASEME), Agencia de Desarrollo Económico de La Rioja (ADER), Association pour l’Environnement et la Sécurité en Aquitiane (APESA), Fundación Ecología y Desarrollo (ECODES) and Agence Régionale pour l’Environnement de Midi-Pyrénées (ARPE). The partners, competent in the environmental sustainability field, work towards mobilizing small and medium commerce to become more sustainable. The project is being developed in Spain (the regions of Navarra, La Rioja and Aragón), as well as France (Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées).
In general terms, green shopping means that the producers take responsibility for the products they make available on the market. In other words, they make sure the waste created in the production process is minimized, while the products, at the end of their life-cycle, can be recycled or reused, so that fewer natural resources are consumed. For instance, a good green shopping practice could consist of only purchasing these articles which consume little energy and this reducing the CO2 emissions.
Many small and medium companies in the regions engaged in the project have taken part in the ENECO initiative, particularly when it comes to green shopping. The rule is simple: we need to have in mind how and from whom we buy. For instance, by paying special attention to the paper we use, we can make sure it was not produced by damaging natural reserves, that it is made from recycled materials, etc. The interested companies can consult the Green Shopping Guide on the project’s website, which will help them make the right decision.
Even though ENECO has come to its end in May 2011, many companies involved in the project wish to continue working towards sustainable economic development. A similar project, ENECO+, is already being prepared. It is to be launched on 1 January 2012 and will last until August 2014. Its main objectives include reinforcing cross-border integration, creating an online knowledge exchange platform, as well as direct relationships between the companies and technology and investigation centers, and, finally, developing common actions and tools.
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If you want to know more about ENECO, do visit our blog in the near future. We will present some of the companies that have taken part in the project!
The ENECO project “Environmental and energetic management of small and medium commerce and development of eco-economy for a sustainable cross-border economic development” is financed by the FEDER fund, through a Programme of Territorial Cooperation Spain-France-Andorra (POCTEFA) 2007 – 2013. It will be implemented from February 2009 till May 2011.