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greenSME - Driving manufacturing SME transformation towards green, digital and social sustainability
Since 1 June 2022, the Katowice SEZ, coordinator of the Silesia Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing Cluster, together with 9 other partners, has started the new European Project "Driving manufacturing SME transformation towards green, digital and social sustainability" (greenSME for short).
The greenSME project is implemented under the Horizon Europe programme (HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01) and has received funding of EUR 4.8 million, including EUR 3.0 million in direct funding for SME.
The manufacturing industry is one of the key drivers of the European economy, whose involvement is essential to achieve the objectives of the Green Deal. The aim of the GreenSME project is to strengthen the ability of SMEs to absorb advanced technologies to make them more competitive, climate neutral, maximizing benefits for all social groups, towards a sustainable EU manufacturing industry, characterized by greater adaptability and resilience to the current and future challenges of the industrial sector.
The vision of greenSME is to strengthen SME capacity for advanced technologies adoption to become competitive and climate neutral, maximising the benefits for all parts of society, starting from the upskilling, and reskilling of workers toward a sustainable EU manufacturing industry, with greater adaptability and resilience. According to the project's vision, this will be achieved through the creation of a greenSME HUB and the development of a SME sustainability transformation pathway.
- greenSME HUB - will enable the building of a community of innovative SMEs involved in sustainable production. The HUB will be a one-stop-shop, providing stakeholders with a clear view on all the tools, services, and funds available for their skilling and sustainability deployment within the scope of the project. The HUB will become a knowledge sharing area that gathers resources, activities, and stakeholders to enable the uptake of advanced technologies by SMEs for sustainability.
- SME sustainability transformation pathway - the transformation pathway gathers the whole process of guidance that will be provided to the SMEs to support them in their shift towards sustainability. SMEs that have participated in the Sustainability Assessment will be able to apply for a follow-up consultancy service that will provide a tailored Advanced Sustainability Action Plan (ASAP) for each SME. Once they have prioritized a project (and it has been validated by the project consortium) SME will receive financial support of up to 40.000 EUR, to implement the elaborated action plan.
The project consortium consists of the following European organizations:
- FUNDACION TEKNIKER (TEKNIKER) from Spain,
- COMPETENCE INDUSTRY MANUFACTURING 40 SCARL (CIM 4.0) from Italy,
- TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG (TUBS) from Germany,
- CENTRO SERVIZI INDUSTRIE SRL (MESAP) from Italy,
- ASOCIACION ESPAÑOLA DE FABRICANTES DE MAQUINAS-HERRAMIENTA, SUS ACCESORIOS, COMPONENTES, HERRAMIENTAS DE CORTE Y DEFORMACION, OTROS SISTEMAS Y TECNOLOGIAS DE FABRICACION (AFM) from Spain,
- TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND (TUDO) from Germany,
- FONDEN TEKNOLOGIRADET (DBT) from Denmark,
- F6S NETWORK IRELAND LIMITED (F6S) from Ireland,
- KATOWICKA SPECJALNA STREFA EKONOMICZNA SA (SA&AM) from Poland.
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