www.gogreen-project.eu This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] and all its contents reflect the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. [Project number: 2020-1-CY01-KA202-065983] ▪ 10-15 minutes for the preparation and explanation of the topic by the trainer ▪ 20-35 minutes for the group assignments and the trainees’ preparation to get involved in the role-playing simulation ▪ 30-55 minutes for the actual role-playing/simulation activity, presentations and negotiations (duration depending on the number or roles/groups/participants) ▪ 60-75 minutes for the debrief and reflection process (debriefing discussion) Scenario Script Case The scenario focuses on a hypothetical business unit that is classified in SMEs and has been trading for over fifty years in the broader agricultural sector in Greece. Its business activity is twofold. It started out as a wine-making establishment (i.e., a winery) located in a rural area of northern Greece, owning a vineyard of 220.000 square meters along with a small-scale bottling facility, a warehouse for wine storage in barrels and the relevant basic equipment and machinery for the cultivation, harvesting and production operations. Over the last few years, the company has extended its activity and engaged in the production and wholesale trade of olive oil as well, taking advantage of the 250 olive trees growing in its premises and an old building used as an olive mill (press) within its property that has been slightly renovated and set in function. The mean annual turnover of the business reaches approximately 550.000€. Its permanent staff consists of 15 people from various professional backgrounds and expertise (e.g., chemical engineer, agronomist, sales representative, machinery operators, crop workers, etc.) with appropriate tasks and duties. Seasonally, it hires extra manpower of 20-25 people during harvest periods. Following a recent alteration on the national business legislation framework for SMEs so that they adapt to the new situation of climate change and respective international trends, the company discerns that its GHG emissions and energy consumption are borderline legal. Hence, there is a high possibility in the near future to receive a financial penalty-fine for that. What is worse, the amount of waste produced by its activity has caused some environmental deterioration in the already fragile regional ecosystem, which has been noticed by some nearby residents, partner firms and local authorities. Everything considered the company decides to invest in GHG management and energy savings in order to mitigate the climate change impacts and improve its environmental footprint, rectify potential negative effects, guard its reputation and image, retain a decent level of collaboration with its stakeholders and stay on course towards sustainability and growth. Key Contextual Details The agricultural SME of this role-playing simulation scenario decides to invest in GHG management (measurement and reducing) and energy savings through the use of technology, so as to follow the national framework and relevant legislative guidelines established recently for greening of businesses (particularly SMEs) and reducing their impact on climate change. By the same time the company will reduce costs, increase competitive advantage, increase its green image and avoid penalties and fines. The key contextual details to discuss and negotiate about during the role-playing are summed up at the following points: