Build a Green and Sustainable Business

The aim of the Green programme is to help companies incorporate sustainable practices into the day-to-day running of their 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. Better environmental performance will also increase the agility and resilience of the company to climate change impacts.

The Green Business Offer is made up of three levels of support:

    1. First Steps Green Competitiveness Guidebook
    2. GreenStart
    3. GreenPlus

Each level of support is characterised by increasing levels of capability in implementing environmental best practice approaches to drive company awareness, adoption and integration of environmental best practice approaches, tools and techniques.

Full details of the offer are available in the Green Offer Reference Document

Enterprise Ireland has supported companies of all sizes and in sectors ranging from Food, Construction, Manufacturing, Engineering to Services. Please see our directory of Case Studies for examples.


First Steps to Green Competitiveness Guidebook

Two guidebooks have been developed by Enterprise Ireland using a simple set of tools to introduce some basic environmental awareness. The guides are directed at companies who have had no in-house expertise or exposure to environmental issues to date. ‘The First Steps to Green Competitiveness Guidebooks’ will help companies prepare an Environmental Policy Statement, manage impacts, and take appropriate actions when issues occur.

The Guides consist of basic set of templates along with guidance on implementation to help companies develop a simplified approach to environmental matters. The two Guidebooks are available to download here:

  1. First Steps to Green Competitiveness Guidebook for Manufacturing Companies
  2. First Steps to Green Competitiveness Guidebook for Services/Office Based Companies


Key contacts/more information

For more information, please contact your Enterprise Ireland Adviser.

If you are not a client, please contact your nearest Enterprise Ireland Regional Office.

For general enquiries about the Green Business Offer, please email