La initiativa GreenPoint tiene como objetivo la creación de una nueva figura medioambiental para el sector metal, en particular para las PYMEs, con el fin de fomentar una cultura verde en el sector y aportar un personal cualificado, capaz de gestionar el rendimiento medioambiental de las empresas. 

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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. 



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.


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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