At early March, 2021 the ECCP launched a new initiative to enable clusters registered at the ECCP to promote green transition skills amongst their members through technical advisory support by highly qualified advisors. The objective was that selected clusters shall be trained and advised on a range of green transition topics so they can support their cluster members (especially SMEs) to become more resource efficient.

The services shall be tailor‐made and focused on the specific needs and challenges of each selected cluster.

The intended benefits of ‘Towards Green Transition’ include:

  • Improved resource efficiency of European SMEs within ECCP clusters;
  • Support for green entrepreneurship through hands‐on technical advice and support;
  • Best use of opportunities for greener and more efficient value (supply) chains; and
  • Facilitated market access for green SMEs within clusters.

The types of technical support range from one‐on‐one teaching, guidance documents and direct consultancy to workshops and webinars. Resilient business models, sustainable investments, energy efficiency, waste management, circular economy and sustainable innovation are some of the fields beneficiaries will be advised on.

The winners were announced on the 3rd May and on 26th May has been held the 1st meeting with the 25 clusters that are going to participate in this initiative.

Most of these 25 clusters are industrials ones dealing with construction, energy, textile, green chemistry, advanced materials, transport, food, wood or sport. All of them with a common aim: support SMEs towards green transition. ATEVAL will participate in consortium with other textile European clusters in this initiative (AEI Tèxtils, CITEVE, TECHTERA & CS‐POINTEX).

After the training, the clusters should demonstrate that the requested knowledge/training has been transferred to SMEs.