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Environmental EC Directives set requirements in order to ensure the eco-efficiency of the production process but many SMEs in Central Europe (CE) struggle but fail to respond to them. They don’t have access to the existing technological or managerial solutions developed in other parts of CE.


ACT CLEAN work packages are addressed to enterprises, mainly Small and Medium with intention:


·        to get access to environmentally friendly technologies and activities in order to comply with current & future EC Directives;

·        to collect information related demand for environmentally friendly technologies and know-how;

·        to demonstrate and supply of existing environmentally friendly technologies and know-how

·        to exchange of SME support tools for cleaner production (CP) by means of created network of National Contact Points in 8th Central Europe countries;


In result of cooperation with enterprises, associations of enterprises, regional and local governments, R&D, existing networks and others the ACT CLEAN Partners will undertake activities to aware necessitate to correct or/and create a coherent legal, financial, managerial and other tools helping SMEs satisfying present and future requirements of EU directives and national regulations playing crucial role for development of production and services by access to environmental technologies and tools.


Within the project duration already ACT CLEAN will reach more than 2500 SMEs throughout CE and by motivating companies for increasing competitiveness and environmental performance contribute to:

·        reduction of CO2 emission,

·        increased efficiency in the use of material,

·        reduced energy consumption and reduced dependency on fossil energy resources

·        increased environmental performance in other priority components.


ACT CLEAN will connect 200 outstanding institutions in the field of CP in CE and will assemble over 1000 best practice examples in a database on environmentally friendly technologies & activities. 


ACT CLEAN will elaborate and test a consistent transnational action plan for enhancing eco-efficient production in CE involving all 8 Ministries of Environment (MoE) in CE

To get the above mentioned objectives the following tasks are managed:

Work Package 1: Project management and coordination


A project steering committee (1 member/partner) monitors the progress & is the decision making body. An external project coordination office (EPCO) functions as the secretariat of the project, does the reporting, is the contact point for the JTS, coordinates  activities. Costs for EPCO are shared among most partners according to partner budgets. Meetings are in WP1 drives the project forward.


Work Package 2: Communication, knowledge management and dissemination


Based on the communication plan, activities in this WP are planned & coordinated centrally; huge dissemination outreach through national networks of the PPs (SMEs, associations, R&D, regional & local authorities) & existing networks outside of CE. On selected topics the general public is addressed (e.g. role of the EU). This WP makes transnational env. tech. matchmaking visible & more effective


Work Package 3: Pull: demand for environmental technologies and activities


The WP facilitates the application of env. technologies & activities in SMEs by:

o       Direct support in their current and future technology / management needs by establishing a CE-wide joint management system for matching support requests and supply

o       Creating a joint tool box (incl. EMS, LCA, IPP, Ecodesign), which promotes best practice in cleaner production from the whole CE coop area


Work Package 4: Push: supply of environmental technologies and activities


The WP promotes the cleaner production potential of CE: Every PP involved identifies national CP highlights based on their expert judgement & existing information & relevance for EC directives, these highlights are documented & compared in the ACT CLEAN network. The know-how is disseminated in targeted workshops addressing SMEs throughout CE. The supply is matched with the demand identified in WP3


Work Package 5: Transnational agenda


This WP creates the framework conditions for enhancing cleaner production by turning the push and pull factors for cleaner production / incentives identified into a transnational action plan. Specific patterns for the whole CE region are identified &  conclusions are derived. Causes for disparities (e.g. regulatory framework, support measures) are analysed. Policy makers are directly involved.


Work Package 6: Networking


This WP will help to maximise the exploitation of the existing know-how in CE by creating durable structures: National Contact Points (NCPs) are appointed, national networks are mobilized making use of the existing contacts.  NCPs operate as part of the transnational meeting place for demand & supply of env. tech. The ACT CLEAN partner meetings are the stage for transnational matchmaking. Polish Ministry of Environment appointed Central Mining Institute to organize and manage the National Contact Point for Eco-efficient Technologies and Management Systems in framework of ACT CLEAN