Voluntary tools for protection of environment and for policy of prevention and management of small and middle-sized enterprises in connection with Waste management plan of the Czech Republic (Local activities – global impact)

Submitter: Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

Project duration: 6/2004–11/2005

 

Description: Small and middle-sized enterprises are one of the key subjects of national economy. They affect significantly the production structure due to its sustainability. There are very important waste producers as well. Voluntary instruments, whose efficiency towards the goals of the Waste Management Plan (hereinafter WMP) will be in these enterprises verified, represent an opportunity to develop and implement prevention and waste minimization policy in enterprises in the way that it becomes a part of the company management and is characterized by a significant impact on the economic, social and environmental enterprise level.

 

Goals of the project No. 1C/4/12/04b were:

– to verify efficiency of voluntary instruments of environmental protection for policy of prevention and for management of small and middle-sized enterprises in connection to fulfilment of international commitments of the Czech Republic, especially commitments which are part of goals of the WMP of the Czech Republic,

– to set economic, social and environmental quantitative and qualitative impacts of directed change carried out in SMEs by voluntary instruments of environmental protection,

– to verify efficiency of voluntary instruments of environmental protection to fulfil the goals of WMP of the Czech Republic in SMEs, 

– to create long-time enterprise programmes to reduce the waste generation reported per union of production,

– to support innovative enterprise behaviour aiming to waste minimization, cleaner technologies and investments into prevention and recycling approaches,

– to support the creation of natural reference and information centers for the transmission of positive project results,

– to implement selected voluntary instruments into participating SMEs,

– to elaborate methodology of WMP creation for producers who had participated on the project.