Green-4-Future aims to align economic goals with environmental and climate goals. In past eras we have lived in a world that focused on problem solving. Unsustainable
manufacturing practices, materials usage and waste can no longer be allowed if we are serious about achieving the objectives of the European Green Deal. ensuring that VET is
appropriately oriented towards more sustainable entrepreneurial practices is an important first step in the alignment process.
Entrepreneurs are frequently thought of as national assets to be cultivated, motivated, and remunerated to the greatest possible extent. Great entrepreneurs can change the way we
live and work. Their innovations can improve standards of living, create wealth and jobs and contribute to a growing economy. The European Commission first referred to the
importance of entrepreneurship education in 2003, in the European Green Paper on Entrepreneurship in Europe. By 2006, the European Commission had identified a ‘sense of
initiative and entrepreneurship’ as one of the eight key competences necessary for all members of a knowledge-based society. The 2008 Small Business Act for Europe, the 2012
Communication on Rethinking Education, the 2013 Entrepreneurship Action Plan 2020, and more recently the New Skills Agenda for Europe, have kept the need to promote
entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial learning under the spotlight.
Realising the pivotal role that education plays in the development of entrepreneurship the EntreComp framework was developed by the Joint Research Centre, the European
Commission’s in-house science service. It aims to provide evidence-based scientific support to the European policy-making process. EntreComp was developed to become a
reference de facto for any initiative aiming to foster entrepreneurial capacity of European citizens. It consists of 3 interrelated and interconnected competence areas which together,
constitute the building blocks of entrepreneurship as a competence.
Consortium partners believe that EntreComp needs to be reconsidered; it needs to incorporate and reflect the green objectives of our time. It is not sufficient to have some green entrepreneurs; rather every entrepreneur needs to incorporate environmental and ecological factors into their business from the very beginning. While greening existing businesses will
be a long and arduous task, influenced by carbon taxation and other policy measures, the emphasis for VET should be firmly placed on greening the entrepreneurship actions of next generation entrepreneurs. Greening EntreComp, as the key benchmark for entrepreneurship education is now an essential first step.