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SPIN analysis of barriers and incentives for innovations for sustainable production

Did you know that more than 99 % of European companies are SMEs which contribute to a total of 54 % of the value added in the European Union and are responsible for 64 % of the total environmental impact of industry in the EU?

That is why it is very important from an economic and environmental perspective to support innovations for sustainable production in SMEs.
To better understand the reasons why SMEs apply innovations for sustainable production or why not, SPIN has conducted country studies in each of the SPIN partner countries (Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Denmark).

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Outlook: Development of policy recommendations for the SPIN Action Plan

Based on the results of the country studies and the synthesis report, SPIN partners have started to develop the SPIN Action Plan. The SPIN Action Plan translates the findings on SME needs, existing barriers to innovations for sustainable production and experience on best-practice incentives into a transnational action plan. It addresses policy makers on national, transnational and European level as well as authorities, financing institutions and associations to reduce barriers and create new transnational incentives to effectively support an uptake of innovations for sustainable production in SMEs of the Baltic Sea Region.

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SPIN: Privat Profits - Public Benefits!

The SPIN project aims at enhancing “Sustainable Production through Innovation in SMEs”. SPIN is a business project and not a research project. It runs for 3 years (until January 2012) and is supported by the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Programme 2007-2013 of the European Union. SPIN brings together some of the most important institutions for eco-innovations in the Baltic Sea Region and is supported by numerous national governments, sector associations, research bodies and transnational NGOs.

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Joint Meeting of the SPIN project with the CBSS Baltic 21 expert group

On 2nd December 2010 the SPIN project partners met with the CBSS (Council of the Baltic Sea States) expert group on sustainable development – Baltic 21. Baltic 21 aims at supporting sustainable development in the BSR within the framework of the Agenda 21 process which addresses a key challenge of the EU Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Strategy. Because of the strong links with the action plan of Baltic 21, SPIN has been selected as a Baltic 21 lighthouse project.

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SPIN Policy workshop for the biogas sector

The SPIN project has selected four focus sectors for their activities:
• biogas sector
• sustainable construction
• small scale water treatment
• surface treatment.

Since the SPIN Action Plan aims to include specific recommendations for the selected industry sectors, a policy workshop dedicated to the biogas sector was held on 1 December 2010 in Berlin. The workshop brought together the SPIN partners with representatives from the European Biogas Association, SME representatives from Germany and Estonia as well as technology experts. Current state and future trends of the biogas sector in different countries were presented and the influence of the public framework conditions on innovation activities discussed.

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Other SPIN news and upcoming events

  • SPIN invites the Advisory Board to Helsinki on 4-5 of May 2011 to discuss the first outline of the SPIN Action Plan
  • Save the Date: SPIN will hold its final conference in the week from 22-25 November 2011 back to back with POLEKO in Poznan,

Please see the SPIN website for regular updates of the SPIN activities
Contact: s.Pro - sustainable projects GmbH,
Editor: BMU,; PtJ,

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