Who are we?

The KÖVET Association for Sustainable Development is coordinating a three-year project focusing on Green Offices and an Office Footprint Calculator. It was launched on 1 January 2011. Seven professional organisations from six countries are involved in the project.

Project Description

Because of the environmental burden of offices, the EU accepts that companies and non-profit organisations have to play a (pro-) active role in preventing and solving environmental problems. Worldwide, forty percent of raw materials and resources are consumed by offices. Companies often have sustainability policies, but do not have the expertise and/or resources to train office managers on how to manage their offices to make them “green.” A "Green Office" is understood as an environmentally and human-friendly place to work. Currently, there are no structured EU green office trainings available for office managers. Furthermore, there are presently no established standards at the EU level for calculating ecological footprints. Since SMEs have significantly fewer resources and less motivation, they are in particular need of. VET professionals dealing with office management issues do not have the appropriate skills and training materials to conduct effective trainings.

 This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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