Sound Management of Chemicals (SMC) in Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

Methodology: Eco-innovation Manual and Tools instructions

Eco‐innovation is the development and application of a new business strategy that incorporates sustainability throughout all business operations based on life cycle thinking. It is implemented in cooperation with partners across the value chain and it entails a coordinated set of modifications or novel solutions to products (goods and services), processes, market approach and organizational structure which leads to a company’s enhanced performance and competitiveness.

The Manual provides a methodology for the implementation of eco-innovation in SMEs and contains a number of tools to support the implementation of the methodology. Detailed instructions for the use of the tools are provided together with an example of their application on a learning case study. A supplement specific for eco-innovation in the chemicals sector will be released soon. The methodology adaptation to an online learning experience tool will be available in 2017.

SMC Category Hazard identification and risk assessment, Risk prevention and reduction
Subcategories Information and data assessing hazards and risks, Process safety assessment, Workplace safety assessment, Preventive measures, Protective measures
SME Activity Product development and process design, Handling, Unloading and loading, Input material selection, Pollution control and disposal, Production, Storage, Transportation to and from company
Resource Type Downloadable programme
Author UNEP and DTU
Company type Synthesis of substances, Formulation of chemicals, Industrial users of chemicals
Year 2016

How to use it


1) The company's current situation: business strategy, business model and operational performance
2) Economic, environmental and social impacts over the company value chain applying lifecycle thinking approach. 
3) Information on markets and legal requirements in domestic and export markets


1) Companies with potential for Eco-innovation
2) Overivew of life cycle sustainability hotspots and the company's internal and external strengths and weaknesses
3) New revised business strategy to address sustainability hotspots and promote sustainable practices along a company’s value chain
4) Business models to operationalize the new sustainability-oriented strategy
5) Roadmap to implement to achieve the eco-innovative strategies and launch the new eco-innovative business model

Learning time High (>8h)
User expertise Intermediate (scientific/engineering degree required/business management experience required)
User-friendliness Easy to use
Advanced tool Yes
Languages English