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UEAPME calls for long-term climate change mitigating objectives through an economically feasible strategy. Greenhouse Gas - GHG - reduction target must be realistically reachable and above all compatible with growth, jobs and competitiveness. To achieve this goal, a clear implementation strategy is crucial, including support measures for enterprises and SMEs to comply with new targets. Many SMEs are already operating in eco-industries where technological advancements offer business opportunities, while technological progress also supports climate change adaptation and mitigation. However, the big bulk of traditional SMEs must be also on-board if the transition towards a resource-efficient, sustainable and low-carbon economy is to be successful.

Ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which takes place in Paris from 30th November until 11th December 2015, UEAPME elaborated a position paper, calling for an ambitious and binding global climate agreement, which would ensure a level playing field for companies all over the world. UEAPME outlines in its position the (European) SME viewpoint on the Paris Climate Change Conference, how SMEs can contribute to a new climate change regime and what is needed for SMEs to succeed in this task: a favorable policy and regulatory framework at EU and national level encompassing awareness raising, technical assistance, easier access to finance to face the high upfront costs, skilled labour, favorable fiscal policies and, last but not least, capacity building addressed to SME organisations.

Position Papers

-  November 2015: UEAPME position on SMEs and climate change mitigation

-  October 2009: UEAPME’s position on the International Agreement to be negotiated at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen
Ahead of the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, UEAPME elaborated a position paper supporting an ambitious global climate agreement. UEAPME argued that the success of the international negotiations at Copenhagen could set a very important framework for the period after 2012, when the current Kyoto protocol expires. In this line, UEAPME put forward several issues that the future international agreement should tackle.