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 The GreenPoint initiative aims at creating a new environmental figure for the metal sector, especially SMEs with low-qualified workers, in order to foster a green culture in the sector and provide a qualified staff, able to deal with the environmental performance of the enterprises.

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In the UK the GreenPoint course has already been trialled by organisations in the automotive and metals sectors. CAV Aerospace is a manufacturer of components for the aerospace industry and carries out precision engineering activities. Chris Carr the Quality Assurance Representative at CAV Aerospace has placed 3 site operatives on the GreenPoint course and says, ‘Our organisation works to the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management and it’s a constant challenge for us to continually improve our environmental systems. The GreenPoint course has given us the opportunity to expand our environmental training programme and communicate to our staff how their choices impact on the company’s environmental performance’.

The GreenPoint course is receiving good feedback from the automotive sector as well. Phoenix Taxis operates a garage in Byth, Northumberland and their staff said of the GreenPoint course: ‘The course was very straightforward to use. It will make the garage more environmentally friendly.’

The GreenPoint Project has been promoted at events throughout the UK, including an event organised by The Institute of Welders at Calsonic Kansei a leading supplier of automotive parts and the Derwentside Engineering Forum. Interest in the course has been high, with Environmental Managers from many organisations attracted by the fully funded, accessible online training. 

At the end of November, the first piloting of the GreenPoint Course on Environmental Awareness in the Metal Sector in Germany took place in Germany. 10 trainees and two trainers of the Metal training Center of bfw Wetzlar completed the course in a day session. The feedback was positive- most of them stated that they learned quite a lot about how to act and work in a more environmental-friendly way.

GreenPoint partners will meet in Heidelberg on December 12th and 13th. The meeting will be hosted by the German partner of the project, bfw, and will be dedicated to the review of the project advancements and the on-going pilot training. Relevant experts from each participating country have also been invited to provide their feedback on the course and its possible improvement. Then, a working session will focus on the implementation of the GreenPoint figure in the enterprises and its follow-up, which will be a final and decisive stage of the project, allowing the measure the real effect of the training on site. You can also download the meeting agenda here.

 

The second meeting of GreenPoint project partners was held on 6th and 7th of June, in Radom (Poland). During this meeting, FEMEVAL presented the findings of the survey on training needs knowledge and Environment involving 160 companies from the five participating countries, as well as the comparative study between the different existing environmental regulations.

Each one of the partner attended the meeting with experts on environmental issues, to look at the steps developed during the first 8 months of this project life and contributed with their expertise in the project development. This panel is made of Grzegorz Pawlak, Director DUNCAN (Poland), Martin Roggernkamps, IG Metal Company (Germany), Thomas Gayer KWH Service (Germany), Darius Kucinski and Natalia Chmielińska consultants SGS, Darren O'Brien, Freedom Light Company of United Kingdom and Michat Jolanta Nowakowski of ITEE-GDP (Poland).

The consortium has defined a new professional profile called the GreenPoint worker:

• The GreenPoint is a person with extensive knowledge in environmental legislation and working procedures of the company. He will be the environmental information point for the rest of the workers in order to ensure compliance with environmental legislation in the company.

• The GreenPoint promotes pro-ecological operations in the workplace and supports compliance with environmental regulations in the company

•The GreenPoint implements tasks in production processes in accordance with the procedures of environmental protection in the company, as well as procedures for rational resource management for environmental protection.

•The GreenPoint works in small and medium enterprises of the metal industry, specifically garages, machining, surface treatment and metals coating.

• The GreenPoint worker competences can not be acquired through traditional training system. A specific training program will be defined for him through this project, providing him with an individual certificate.

• SMEs that have implemented and developed good environmental practices in their company, through the figure of GreenPoint Worker will be awarded "GreenPoint Label Company". This label will be promoted through certification agencies in order to add value and environmental performance recognition.

 

Nissan is celebrating the dawn of a bold new era in European car manufacturing with the official start of production of the new and improved 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

This new Nissan LEAF, incorporating more than 100 updates, is now rolling off the line at company’s record-breaking Sunderland Plant in the UK, using advanced lithium-ion batteries manufactured in the company’s new UK Battery Plant.

This is the culmination of four years of preparation at the plant and a previously announced £420m investment by Nissan. Together the Battery Plant and Nissan LEAF production are supporting jobs for more than 2,000 people in the UK car industry, including more than 500 directly at Nissan.

The Environmental Academy is currently training Environmental Auditors at the Nissan plant and has offered the Greenpoint online environmental awareness course funded by the Lifelong Learning programme to employees as part of their Continual professional development. 

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website 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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