The industrial transition to a low carbon economy presents major challenges for regions developing or transforming their SME base to low-carbon activities. As major industries decarbonise, SMEs in supply chains come under pressure to adapt their processes to retain business. However, many SMEs, especially micro-enterprises, have limited resources and lack access to information, finance, technology and skills.


The potential for providing effective and efficient SME support to exploit the potential of low carbon activities varies widely across European regions, depending on SME profiles, development paths, and the capacity of public and private sectors.


Effective support needs to incorporate a bottom-up approach through partnerships and collaborative working, particularly with SMEs themselves. Policymakers must be better equipped to support greening of entrepreneurship and SMEs, recognising the diversity of SMEs and entrepreneurs, and the role of subnational governments.

The mission of the COMMIT project

The overall objective of the COMMIT project is to support local and regional authorities in developing an SME support ecosystem for the industrial transition. 

COMMIT will focus on four inter-related areas where the mechanisms for SME access need to be improved: 


  • Information / knowledge
  • Innovation / technology
  • Finance
  • Skills


Through the identification, analysis and dissemination of good practices, the project will support the development of place-based strategies, instruments, facilities and governance arrangements that they can deliver an integrated and coherent support for low-carbon entrepreneurship and SME development, while giving particular attention to microenterprises and entrepreneurship among underrepresented groups

Altogether, 11 partners are involved:




  • Spain (Badajoz): Agenex - Extremadura Energy Agency
  • Greece (Kozani): University of Western Macedonia
  • Greece (Ptolemaida): Municipality of Eordea




  • Holland (Delft): The European Policies Research Centre
  • Holland (Rotterdam): Municipality of Rotterdam




  • Denmark (Aalborg): Municipality of Aalborg
  • Norway (Stavanger): Municipality of Rogaland
  • Norway (stavanger): Energy Transition Norway




  • Slovenia (Velenje): Energy Agency of Savinjska, Saleska and Koroska (Lead partner)
  • Slovenia (Nazarje): Development Agency of Savinja-Salek Region
  • Bulgaria (Stara Zagora): Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency

The project's extent


Interreg Europa, 2. Call.



4 years (3 active years + 1 monitoring year + 3 months of project closure)
From April 1, 2024 – June 30, 2028



Total: 2.391.412 EUR (17.696.450 DKK)

Aalborg Municipality: 253.000 EUR (1.872.000 DKK)

Thilde Møller Larsen

International Project Manager

Thilde Møller Larsen