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Enhancing SMEs' Eco-Innovation Readiness in Post-2020

June 1st, 2016
Imperial Palace Hotel, Seoul, Korea

The global community agreed on universal efforts to reduce greenhouse gas at the UNFCCC COP21 in
Paris at the end of 2015. Developed, as well as, developing countries have shown their eagerness to cope
with climate change together by making the agreement on responsible actions.

As post-2020 framework is emerging, countries are putting national efforts to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through enhanced actions. The global society is getting ready to set a long-term goal, adopting policy instruments like market mechanism, and finding other ways in adaptation, implementation, technologies, and sources of finance for such efforts.

Accordingly, demand from SMEs for climate change activities will be of key importance, as there will be a paradigm shift towards low-carbon and climate responding development worldwide in Post-2020 era. Especially, SMEs has crucial role in global supply chain as backbone of both developing and developed economies. Yet, SMEs have limits on their access to information, capacities and sources of funding to respond to global regulations and to meet the demand in the market.

To raise awareness and tackle issues for SMEs to pursue sustainable growth and find opportunities through eco-innovation, ASEIC held the 2nd Global Eco-innovation Forum in Seoul in June 1st, 2016 focusing on "Enhancing SME's eco-innovation in Post-2020". Government representatives, policy makers, researchers and SMEs from ASEM region gathered to discuss issues in emerging Post-2020 era, and searched ways for SMEs and developing countries to be resilient in the time.