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Propelling SMEs and businesses into a green future

Day: 14/11/2022
Time: 12:30 -
 13:30 (Egypt local time, CET+1)
Place: Mediterranean Pavilion at COP27 'Blue Zone' and online
Organised by: ENI CBC MED Programme

The decarbonation of our economy is of vital importance to achieve net-zero transition. SMEs, which represent over 90% of businesses across the Mediterranean, have a key role to play in the shift towards a more sustainable future. The event will look at solutions and projects connected to the ENI CBC MED Programme that promote the adoption of environmental practices, green business models and circular economy principles to foster an economic growth that does not jeopardize our ecosystems and natural resources. Background Achieving the transition towards climate-neutrality requires a commitment at all levels, through unprecedented efforts from governments, citizens, and of course businesses: these latest have a responsibility toward nature and the environment and need to put sustainability at the heart of their business models. How can businesses, especially SMEs harness the potential of the green economy while maintain their competitiveness? How to make the green transition a real opportunity for SMEs rather than a burden? These issues and many others will be discussed during the event.

Keynote address
H.E Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Arab Republic of Egypt


  • Dr. Alaa Ezz, Secretary General, Confederation of Egyptian European Business Associations (CEEBA)
  • Prof. Gianluigi Bacchetta, Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, University of Cagliari – Italy
  • Ms. Jihen Boutiba, General Director, Union of Mediterranean Confederations of Enterprises (BUSINESSMED)
  • Ms. Cynthia Echave, Senior Researcher, Euro-Mediterranean Association of Economists (EMEA)
  • Ms. Oumaya Marzouk, Director of Circular Economy projects, CEREMA, France
  • Mr. Alessandro Miraglia, Team Leader, Networking & Communication Facility – MedWaves, the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre for SCP

Mr. Vincent Ernoux, coordinator of the Branch Office for the Western Mediterranean, ENI CBC MED Programme