As part of helping clients achieve improved export growth, the Enterprise Ireland Environment and Green Technology team helps companies to incorporate sustainable practices into the day-to-day running of the business. Better environmental performance leads to improved resource efficiency and direct cost savings and can also increase access to customers who are increasingly demanding more environmentally friendly products and services.
Environmental Information, Advice and Grant Support
Green Start is an Enterprise Ireland information and advisory service that assists client companies to meet and exceed regulatory requirements and improve efficiency through eco-efficiency assessments, site audits and technical advice. As part of this service, the time and experience of Enterprise Ireland technology and environmental management specialists is available free of charge. The Green Start service aims to highlight and demonstrate the potential environmental and business benefits for a company as a result of improved environmental and eco-sustainabile practices. This can involve:
- Identifying and liaising with an internal champion in your company.
- Assessing areas for improvement in water, waste and energy.
- Training on frameworks for environmental management.
- Information and connections to other agency services e.g. Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), Greenbusiness etc.
Environmental Improvement Funding from Enterprise Ireland
Environmental Improvement Assignments
Under the Enterprise Ireland Business Process Improvement Grant, client companies can apply for funding towards the cost of undertaking an Environmental Improvement Assignment. Assignments are designed to assist company managers to develop their environmental management capabilities, drive environmental efficiencies and achieve improved sustainability. Eligible assignments may include:
- Understanding and embedding improved environmental management practices in your company.
- Assessing and applying international environmental best practices and standards.
- Other process improvements with the potential to increase your company's environmental sustainability, minimise material and resource costs, minimise waste (water, energy, materials) and lead to imprroved company competitiveness.
Improvement projects must address a clear business need and deliver a positive impact on your business. Assignments may vary in size and scope but will typically be completed within six months and will not exceed a total project cost of €70,000. For more detailed information on eligible costs and how to apply, go to Business Process Improvement Grant.
Technical Feasibility Grant
The Enterprise Ireland Technical Feasibility Grant and be used to assist companies to undertake a technical feasibility study aimed at investigating the technical aspects of introducing or developing new or improved products, technologies, services or processes that are environmentally superior. To learn more about eligible costs or how to apply, please go to Technical Feasibility Grant.
Key contacts/more information
For more information, contact your Enterprise Ireland Adviser. If you are not a client of Enterprise Ireland, please contact your local Enterprise Ireland regional office.
Phone: +353 1 7272480
Tel: +353 61 777045
Enterprise Ireland also manage an environmental information portal at www.envirocentre.ie designed to enhance environmental awareness and improve performance in Irish industry. You will find information on a range of important topics including legislation and regulations, waste management and recycling, eco-design and carbon management.