Increasing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Through the Use of Environmentally Sound Technologies
"This study examines the opportunities and constraints associated with the development of second-generation biofuels in the ESCWA region, based on a review of existing environmentally sound technologies that can be accessed by SMEs. Agricultural waste generated by three sectors of importance to the ESCWA region are targeted for analysis, namely, the olive oil, sugar and dairy industries. By-products generated from sugar derived from both sugarcane and sugar beet production is discussed given the importance of these sub-sectors for Arab countries. Country case studies are offered to elaborate the analysis-based financial and environmental assessments; and a series of recommendations are provided aimed at assisting decision makers and entrepreneurs to pursue developments in the second-generation biofuel sector using environmentally sound technologies."