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Environmental Incentives and Nordic SMEs

Impact on Performance and Competitiveness

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This report identifies and investigates environmental incentives available for small and medium-sized enterprises in the Nordic countries. These comprise grants and loans for environmental management, environmental technology, environmental employment and sectoral competitiveness, and energy efficiency and renewables. From a total of 15 currently or recently available schemes, seven incentives are selected and 23 beneficiaries interviewed to explore impacts on environmental performance and economic competitiveness. The survey allows the ranking of environmental impacts in order of significance, based on information provided by the SMEs. It also highlights economic effects and environmental learning, and it draws conclusions relating to the practical value of Nordic environmental incentives, administrative procedures, company experiences and future expectations.

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Green Job Grant, Denmark

In a period of high unemployment in Denmark, the Green Job Grant was an initiative designed to create new environment-friendly jobs and contribute to a cleaner environment. The scheme was operational from 1997 until 2001. Initially very broad in scope, the grant was administered by a Green Secretariat in the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the first four years, support of DKK 350 million were made available, from which DKK 280 million were given out as grants, essentially divided in half between job-creation and environmental technology. In 2001, DKK 28.2 million was made available, and DKK 20 million was given out.

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