Climate Action Voucher
What does Sustainability and Climate Action mean to your Business?
Is your Business Strategy aligned to global sustainability trends?
What is the relevance of Circular Economy thinking to your Business?
The Climate Action Voucher is available to eligible companies to access up to 2 days independent technical or advisory services support related to the current and future operations of their business. The voucher may be used to obtain services from approved providers (directory link available below).
The objective of the Climate Action voucher is to help companies prepare a plan for the low carbon, more resource efficient economy of the future whether a company is starting out on their green transformation journey or have already started. Scientific evidence shows that we must act now to limit global warming to 1.5°C to avoid the catastrophic consequences of climate change. This translates to halving greenhouse gas emissions every decade starting now to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
It is expected that outcomes of this short assignment will lead to further training/technical feasibility/innovation/ capital projects, i.e. it will start companies on a journey of activities.
Am I eligible?
The Voucher is open to Enterprise Ireland or Údarás na Gaeltachta clients. (HPSU, Small, Medium or Large). For further information on eligibility contact your Development Adviser.
As part of the application you will need to supply resource usage information. Namely kWh of electricity and gas, litres of fuel, litres of water, waste details, number of flights etc, per annum, such as you have them prior to advisor visit.
Note that the State Aid basis for this offer is de minimis funding.
If you are not a client of Enterprise Ireland and employ less than 10 employees, you should contact your Local Enterprise Office.
What costs are eligible?
The voucher covers either technical or advisory services related to the Operations of the business from an approved service provider up to a value of €1,800. A maximum daily rate of €900 per day shall apply. It is expected that the support would be provided over a relatively short period but can be spread out over a maximum of 6 weeks.
Eligible Projects must include one or more of the following activities;
- Resource Efficiency Assessment
- Renewable Energy Potential
- Introduction to Corporate Sustainability
- Introduction to Circular Economy Thinking
A Service Provider will provide technical advice and guidance to the company green project team on one or more activities as outlined in the table below.
|Resource Efficiency Assessment||Identify resource, emissions and cost savings opportunities. |
Provide information on cost & payback of opportunities identified.
- Resources to include energy, water and raw materials. Examples of energy include energy use for heating, lighting, operating equipment, refrigeration, transport.
- Opportunities include capital projects, feasibility studies, procedural changes, process changes, awareness initiatives, management initiatives and staff training.
|Renewable Energy Potential||Assess your business and site(s) energy usage and recommend the most appropriate renewable energy system(s) for the business. All renewable energy technologies can be considered, including solar panels, heat pumps, biomass boilers, combined heat and power plants. |
Provide information on cost & payback of opportunities identified.
|Introduction to Corporate Sustainability||Develop an action plan to implement a corporate sustainability/decarbonisation strategy, policy and plan. An example of ‘Introduction to Corporate Sustainability’ is given below.|
|Introduction to Circular Economy Thinking||Understand the relevance of circular economy and innovation to your business. |
Prepare a plan to identify and develop circular economy ideas for a more circular product, process or service. This means looking beyond the current take-make-waste linear economic model to a circular model that minimises waste and pollution by design, keeping products and materials in use and regenerates natural systems.
Carry out a circular gap assessment or carry out a packaging review.
Eligible activities do not include general consultancy, design, installation or commissioning, or project implementation.
Energy audits by companies already required to carry out an energy audit under the Energy Efficiency Directive are not eligible.
The project scope will be developed between the company and the service provider.
For example, ‘Introduction to Corporate Sustainability’ may be mapped out as follows:
- Advisor review of resource usage information submitted with application and prepare
- Training session to explain the topic, industry and market trends
- Review of the company’s current performance, activities and initiatives
- Stakeholder expectations and company plans and expectations
- Review of Day 1 outputs
- Developing a policy and initial action plan
- Training in how to collect, measure and report data
- Summary report and next steps
Output - A plan and strategy to tackle the issues: Resources, Renewables, Company Sustainability, Circular Economy
For more information including eligible activities, download Climate Action Voucher Assignment Guidelines (.docx).
Call close date
31st August 2021. The process is not competitive and is approved by Enterprise Ireland management on a case by case basis.
How do I apply?
You should contact your agency advisor in advance of submission as they will be required to approve the application.
You can apply via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System
- As part of the application you will need your CRO number.
- As part of the application you will need to supply resource usage information..
- The voucher is only valid for costs incurred after your application is approved.
- It is expected that the support would be provided over a relatively short period but can be spread out over a maximum of 6 weeks.
Where can I find a suitable service provider?
A listing of approved services providers is published on our Green Service Providers Directory (.xlsx). A company may only select a service provider from this directory. Applications by other firms to join the directory can be made by emailing email@example.com
Sufficient information must be provided to Enterprise Ireland to demonstrate that the proposed consultant/trainer is qualified to carry out the proposed work and has previously carried out similar assignments satisfactorily.
Note that any provider delivering services under this scheme must not be a direct or indirect employee or director of the recipient company.
Enterprise Ireland does not give any warranty, either express or implied, as to the qualifications or suitability of any of the persons on the list of service providers and Enterprise Ireland will not be liable for any loss and/or damage caused by a company’s decision to retain the services of such a service provider.
Where can I get more information?