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EU launches cleaning industry sustainability programme2nd of May 2011
A new sustainable development programme for the contract cleaning industry has been created with the support of the European Union’s Life + programme. This initiative has as its priorities reduction of environmental impacts; support for SMEs in engaging partners on sustainability issues; creating a pan-European approach; and improving the image of the sector.
The three-year project has a number of key aims:
• Train businesses in sustainable development using original training materials.
• Create and deploy an online diagnostic tool for cleaning businesses to map their own sustainability.
• Transmit sustainable cleaning methods across Europe.
• Promote the exchange of best practices at a European level.
• Communicate the results of this project to the widest possible public audience.
• Put in place a reporting mechanism at sector level to track the sustainability performance of the sector.
The project partners are contract cleaning associations from various EU member states: CSSA in the UK, FEP in France, Germany’s BIV, FISE in Italy, UGBN-ABSU of Belgium, and EFCI which represents the industry at EU level.