first_imgA EUROBAROMETER SURVEY shows European SMEs added more green jobs, made improvements in resource efficiency and are contributing to the transition to a low-carbon economy.The European Commission published the extensive survey to gauge the views and attitudes of  EU SMEs towards green jobs, resource efficiency and green markets.It examined over 11,000 small and medium businesses in the 28 EU member states.The survey pointed out that: SMEs find it more difficult to comply with environmental legislation than large companies. A lack of expertise, lengthy approval procedures for new products and a lack of consumer demand are the main obstacles that prevent SMEs from entering the green markets.It found that four out of every ten SMEs in the EU have at least one green job.Ireland was shown to have a full-time green employee in 42 per cent of its SMEs.The survey also found a hunger for improvement with 93 per cent of EU SMEs taking at least one action to be more resource efficient.The most common actions were to minimise waste at 67 per cent, and save energy also 67 per cent.At least half are also recycling.The research also found that:The majority of SMEs in the EU act to become more resource efficient in order to reduce costs (63%), although 28% say the environment is one of the top priorities for their company.Just over one quarter, 26 per cent, of SMEs in the EU offer green products or services, but a further 7 per cent are planning to do so in the next two years.The survey found that overall the picture has not changed since 2012 and that there are still large differences across countries.The EU averaged 36 per cent when questioned if companies across the EU offered green products or services.Ireland come in at 34 per cent.At least nine out of ten SMEs selling green products or services say their own country is their main market in terms of annual turnover (91%). Almost one in five (19%) say their main market is the EU and /or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Only 7% say that their main market is outside of Europe.SMEs in the EU say that grants and subsidies would help make their company more resource efficient.One third of SMEs don’t understand their energy bills and 86 per cent don’t know how to lower them>Irish SMEs are among the most reliant on banks in Europe>last_img

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first_img Facebook Twitter Agribusiness professionals will better understand what drives loyalty and buying decisions of commercial producers by attending the National Conference for Agribusiness Nov. 4-5 at Purdue University.Guest speakers will discuss information from the Large Commercial Producer Project, a nationwide survey of the buying behaviors of commercial farmers and ranchers. The Purdue Center for Food and Agricultural Business conducts the survey every five years.“The agenda is packed with interesting topics and sessions built around understanding large commercial agricultural producers’ strategies, buying behaviors, information preferences and loyalty,” said Michael Gunderson, associate professor and associate director of research at the Center for Food and Agricultural Business, the conference organizer. “The faculty will lead sessions that consider the future of agricultural production in an era of booming farm profits and what the future means for serving large commercial producers.”The conference will examine several key topics from the survey data, including insights to producers’ loyalty to brands and retailers, understanding what is critical to the success of their operations, time spent on management, and the importance of dealers and sales staff in buying decisions.About 300 people are expected to attend the conference, which would be of interest to managers, executives, specialists and analysts from such organizations as agricultural retailers, farm equipment manufacturers and dealers, retail seed company and distributors, crop protection companies, animal health and nutrition companies, and food product manufacturers and processors.The cost to attend is $1,295. Continuing education credit and Certified Crop Adviser credit is available. For more information, call the center at 765-494-4247.Additional information about the conference, including how to register, is available at Purdue Ag Communications Previous articleIt’s Not Your Grandpa’s 2,4-DNext articleSenate Clears Way for Vote on Spending Bill Andy Eubank SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Sep 25, 2013 SHARE Purdue to Host National Conference for Agribusiness Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue to Host National Conference for Agribusinesslast_img

first_imgSlow Food for babies and toddlers Sunday February 1 at the Hunt Museum from 3pmSlow food Limerick and region AGM reminder: Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Slow Food Limerick & Region AGM is on Saturday February 7, at 3pm in the drawing room of the new Number One Pery Square Hotel. At the AGM, leadership and committee member positions are open to interested parties.Anyone interested in going forward for a position should nominate themselves in advance through email ([email protected]). The chapter is looking forward to seeing you at the AGM and also to seeing new involvement with organising educational, gourmet and cultural events celebrating artisan and good food locally. Slow food Limerick and region Gourmet dinner reminder: Slow Food Gourmet Dinner: Cornstore Limerick, Wednesday February 25, 7.30pmBookings are being taken by Chris or Dave at the Cornstore on 061 609000, or by email at [email protected] Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Emailcenter_img Print NewsSlow food news and remindersBy admin – January 30, 2009 538 Advertisement Previous articleSticky coffee browniesNext articleWeekly crime update adminlast_img

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