The final conference of the GreenPoint project was organised by GNFA in Paris on Wednesday 17th of September.

This event was the opportunity for the partners in the project to enlight the results of this project, and share with the stakeholders this positive experience. 

Didier Arnould, director of GNFA introduced the day by thanking all the participants. As introduction, he said that "the succes has been reached, and we can congratulates the partners for this work". Indeed, over 95% of the trainees were satisified with the pilot training, and 100% raised their initial competences. If the main difficulty was to convince enterprises to join the project, their is a clear need and a green market to work on. 

Eleonora Piccime, from Orgalime, Representing Interests of Mechanical, Electrical & Electronic, Metalworking & Metal Articles Industries, came back on the need for this kind of initiative in order to support SMEs to get a better knowledge on EU regulation such as WEEE or waste regulations. 

Alejandro Soliveres, from FEMEVAL and Cécile Sauvage, from FEH, also came back on the project, presenting its context, partners and main activities. Cécile thanked partners for their work, and participants to take part in the initiative. After this, each partner made a short presentation with the course results observed in each of the particpating country. 

Partners wanted a dynamic final event, and for this reason, they gave big importance to the experts of the project, who were invited to participate in a round table. During this session, they answered to a series of question about the metal economy, jobs and market needs. They also talked about the need to provide proper training to future generations and to attract them toward this challenging sector. 

Those environmental experts, who collaborated in the project during those two years, are Juan Manuel Arnandis from SGSpain, Alain Zavier from Alza Solutions – France, Paul King from MIG SGS Enviromental – UK, Thomas Gaer from Handwerkskammer Service – Germany and Agnieska Borkowksa from Jan – Tech – Poland.

After the conference, partners and participants were invited to share a network lunch. 



PublicacionFinalpeqThe GreenPoint project is reaching its end. The partners just published a leaflet with its main results achieved. It presents, among others, the different modules of the course and the contents of the toolkit. It also refers to the satifsfaction of the participants that took part in the initiative: 

‘I enjoyed taking part in the course and would happily get involved with another if asked. The graphics and interactive aspects were dare I say it fun! It went by fairly quickly. All in all well worth spending the time to get involved. Will use certain aspects in my day to day role as an HSE Advisor’-Andrew Walton, CAV Aerospace

‘The GreenPoint Training and Toolkit gave me a better understanding of environmental issues’- Julie Patterson, Royston

‘The content of the GreenPoint Course is very informative and identifies key points for future compliance in a logical progression with friendly forms to follow!! ‘–Mark Stones, Finley Structures

‘Although Tyres2u is a small company I feel we will benefit hugely from participating in the GreenPoint project as I have no previous experience or knowledge about the environment’-Peter Kerr, Tyres2u




Partners from the UK are currently working with Royston; a dynamic and expanding diesel engine supply, service and repair company. The Environmental Academy are thrilled that Royston has signed up to pilot the GreenPoint course. Royston have 5 members of their team on the course including their Environmental Management Representative, Julie Patterson. It is hoped the course will help the company to become more environmentally aware and improve working practices. When the GreenPoint representatives are fully qualified they will be responsible for spreading the green culture at Royston. We are very excited to track their progress through the course!

The GreenPoint project intends to underline the benefits from a green culture for small and medium size enterprises in the metal sector. As this video shows, one of the main argument in favor of the adoption of a behaviour respectful of environment in our working place is the money saving it means for the company.  


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

GreenPoint started on 1st of October 2012 and it´s going to be fulfilled on 30th of September 2014. Its general objective is to spread the green culture in SMEs from the metal sector. It provided a training recourse to these SMEs accessible for all types and levels of individuals working in the sector. The results were really positive and encouraging.

The partner countries of the project are Spain, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany and France and the training course is available in Spanish, English, Polish, German and French. Until today almost 100 metalworkers from all the partner countries were trained as GreenPoints.

The GreenPoint course has duration approximately four hours and it is made of four main modules :





Module 1. General environmental issues

This module, 37 pages long, makes an introduction to the general environmental issues our planet is facing.










Module 2. Enterprise and environment

 The second module focuses at the impacts of business and industry on the local environment (for example air,  noise and water pollution). Amongst others  it informs the trainers about the types of waste (inactive, active non-hazardous, hazardous) and has some activities to help them realize what we are practically talking about.









Module 3. Benefits for the enterprise through environment improvement

 Reducing the environmental impact of a business will not only have benefits for the environment but also for the company. Module 3 focuses on these  benefits (financial benefits , better working environment, working in line with legislation).

It also informs us about key Environmental Legislation at EU Level.







Module 4. Environment control and innovation measures

The module covers tips for Environmental controls to prevent pollution and environmental innovation to increase efficiency and cut costs. 





All the modules are followed by small quizzes which consist in three questions each , in order to verify the consolidation of the information given.




                               Example : type of question in Module 4








Also, the course includes an evaluation of ‘’before after’’ competences for each participant, giving full value to the training in terms of skill acquisition.

 Once all the modules are completed the participant can download his Certificate of Completion.                    

Below we can see some results obtained in the midterm of the project, concerning assessment before and after training:

  • in France  before the training, only 9% of the trainees had a result between 12 and 14/14. After the training, they are 73 %. The general average raised of 1,7 point;
  • in Germany whereas 33% of the trainees had  between 12 and14/14 at the beginning of the training, they were 54 % at the end. The average raises of 0,8%;
  • in Poland noone obtained a mark over 12/14 and 75% of the trainees obtained a mark under 10/20 before the training;
  • in Spain 60% of the trainees obtained a mark between 12 an 14/14 at the end of the training, whereas they were 10% at the beginning. The average raised of 1.2 point;
  • in United Kingdom 92% of the trainees finished the course with a mark over 12/14. 



In addition, there were some questions given to the participants in order to examine their satisfaction from the project. In the table we can see the answers of the total of 40 participants in the five countries. 39 of the 40 respondents believe that the objective of the training is reached. 


  • Self-Evaluation Questionnaire
  • Objectives and Target Template GP USB
  • ISO 14001 Standard for Environmental Management-Summary of the Requirements 

  • Pollution Risk Assessment 

  • Poster Contents 

  • Energy Saving Stickers 

  • Spill Response Procedure Poster 

  • Document for control and environmental measurement 

  • Best practices - Polish additional best practices

Last 13th and 14th of May, GreenPoint project partners met in Newcastle to review their project advancements.

The GreenPoint project is now at an advanced stage of execution, and partners took the opportunity of this meeting to review the pilot results and deployment activities. There are still a few places to participate as company in the GreenPoint deployment. Please contact your national contact point if you are interested!

The first feedbacks on the training were very positive, and partners noticed a high interest from both the companies and the workers in the GreenPoint course. Also, partners discussed the posibility of undertaking further activities under the GreenPoint such as course new levels and topics, especially targeted to youth workers. 

The full project results will be presented during the final conference of the project that will take place in Paris on September 17th. The full programme of the conference will be published soon. Meanwhile, don't hesitate to contact us for registration or further information!


The GreenPoint project progress report, submitted to the European Commission in October 2012, was positively evaluated by the respresentative of the EACEA agency. Also, the public part of this report is now available to download here. This report highlights the activities made during the first year of implementation of the GreenPoint project, the main results obtained and the plans for the future. It also explains our approach and methodology of work, and presents the different partners taking part in our consortium. The progress report is available in English. 

In France, 8 people took place in the training in Nantes at GNFA centre. The first feedbacks are very positive; trainees found the learning module very attractive and interesting. It really motivated them to communicate this initiative throughout their companies and contacts. This is encouraging and proofs that our approach is really useful and will help to generalize environmental actions in the automotive sector.

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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.