Ms Kipper, what are the main features of this new Fit 4 Sustainability programme?

“We have reorganised all our programmes as part of the redesign of all our ‘Fit 4’ programmes, around the three pillars of digitalisation, innovation and sustainability.

More specifically, Fit 4 Sustainability has just been launched to enable companies of all sizes to measure the environmental impact of their business and reduce its effects. This allows them to reduce costs, improve their reputation and gain new customers who appreciate a sustainable approach.

It is about fostering the ecological transition, which is an essential dimension, by providing companies with the necessary external expertise.

How does this programme work?

“For a company, the approach is twofold: an analysis of the environmental footprint of its activity and support from external experts to find solutions and propose an action plan. This is done with the financial support of the Ministry of the Economy.

What are the areas of expertise required for these external experts?

“The scope of the Fit 4 Sustainability programme covers three main areas, which can be combined as required: decarbonisation and energy efficiency; water resource management; and raw material management.

The aim is to reduce the volume of greenhouse gases – in particular by using alternative solutions to fossil fuels – to reduce water consumption and to rationalise the use of raw materials by implementing circular approaches according to the 4Rs principles (reduce, reuse, repair, recycle).

In each of the areas explored – i.e. energy, water and circularity – we are looking for consultants capable of carrying out the environmental study and proposing an action plan. This roadmap could consist of both good practices and investments for which we will identify the available aid.

How is the financial support provided by the Ministry of the Economy organised?

“It is the companies that pay the external experts directly. They will then be able to apply for public aid to finance the diagnosis, with a coverage rate of between 50% and 70% of the total consultancy costs incurred, and then to implement the roadmap that will be proposed by these consultants.”

A national and international call for applications for competent consultants is underway. Closing date: 30 June 2022.

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