Climate change is a reality. Its effects globally represent a new challenge for companies, since it involves factors such as: (1) higher operating costs, (2) energy security, (3) new market requirements, (4) lack of resources and (5) new regulatory requirements.
In Peru, about 99% of the companies are micro, small and medium enterprises. However, these only make a contribution of 20.7% to the total sales in the country, reflecting the low competitiveness and low levels of productivity of this sector.
ECOPYME is a free tool that allows SMEs to record and monitor energy consumption (electricity and fuel) and water over time. In addition, it provides a series of good environmental practices, technological recommendations and standard practices that SMEs may apply to reduce the consumption of resources, which in turn generates economic savings in the short term. In summary, ECOPYME represents an opportunity to increase the efficiency and competitiveness of SMEs.
ECOPYME was launched in March 2015, and already has 150 registered participants in Perú. Given the potential the tool has, it can easily be replicated in other countries, specially in Latin America.
Besides the benefits for SMEs, the general benefits of ECOPYME are:
·It generates a community of SMEs with a greater level of maturity around issues of sustainability, which promotes a potential market for providers of environmental solutions (technology, innovations, etc.).
·It generates real and tangible success stories that promote the replicability of the BPA.
·It facilitates the generation of information and reference levels about impacts / consumption of resources of SMEs, which could be a very valuable input to create programmatic sustainability focused projects.
· It promotes the appropriate use of resources, which leads to a reduction of hydric stress and a reduction of emissions of CO2 derived from energy consumption.
Libélula, WWF, Backus SABMiller and the Lima Chamber of Commerce