|Under Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) (2021-2026), projects supporting the digital and climate transition of enterprise are being funded through the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility. This covers projects that will facilitate emissions reductions as part of a decarbonisation plan.|
Overview of GreenStart
The aim of the GreenStart assignment is to improve environmental performance through greater resource efficiency helping companies achieve competitive advantage and greater market share through enhanced credentials and cost savings. Projects may vary in scope from implementing a structured environmental management and reporting system to understanding the carbon or environmental footprint of products or services.
Companies can apply for grant support towards the cost of hiring a Green consultant/trainer to undertake a short in-company assignment.
Eligible assignments may include:
- Guidance with basic Environmental Management Systems,
- Guidance with developing a Sustainable/Decarbonisation Strategy and Action Plan,
- Guidance with aligning environmental practices to global/Irish sustainability reporting initiatives, e.g., United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, CDP, Origin Green etc.
- Guidance with Life cycle assessment and/or Circular economy thinking
- Guidance with a range of activities including Carbon Footprinting, developing a Metering roadmap, Green Procurement, Green Tenders, Sustainable Packaging, Sustainable Logistics, Plastic Management, Developing a Biodiversity action plan, Climate Adaptation, Sustainability Benchmarking, Communications, Employee and Customer Engagement.
Companies can apply for grant support towards the cost of hiring an Environmental consultant/trainer to undertake a short in-company assignment which will introduce environmental best practice systems and structures, achieve cost reduction targets and lay a foundation for future environmental improvement projects.
GreenStart is funded under the Climate Planning Fund for Business, which is operating under the Green Transition Fund. The overall objective of which is to accelerate the decarbonisation of Irish enterprise, as part of Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan, funded by the European Union.
Am I eligible?
GreenStart is open to HPSU's, SME’s and large companies that are Enterprise Ireland clients.
If you are interested in becoming an Enterprise Ireland client company, please click here.
If you are not a client of Enterprise Ireland and employ between one and nine employees, or between 10 and 50 employees, in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sectors, you should contact your Local Enterprise Office.
What costs are eligible and what is the maximum funding available?
The typical cost of undertaking a GreenStart assignment is €6,300.
The maximum grant funding available from Enterprise Ireland is €5,000. If the cost of the GreenStart assignment is less than €6,300 the company is still required to pay the first €1,300 in costs.
Eligible Expenditure is limited to the cost of hiring an Environmental consultant/trainer for a maximum of 7 days. Note that actual costs to the company are based on market rates and may be higher.
The maximum daily fee payable to a consultant/trainer is €900 inclusive of travel and subsistence and all out-of-pocket expenses.
For more information on eligible activities, download GreenStart Assignment Guidelines (.docx)
Note: Receipt of other grants from Enterprise Ireland may impact on your eligibility for support under this initiative.
Ineligible costs include;
- General Consultancy including Market research, IT implementation, financial review and planning, HR consulting or Health and Safety training.
- Consultancy for design, installation or commissioning.
- Capital equipment, materials or travel and subsistence costs.
- Energy audits mandated under the European Energy Efficiency Directive (SI 426 of 2014).
Note: SMEs with an energy spend >€10,000/annum that are not already mandated to get an audit are potentially eligible for €2000 voucher towards an SEAI Energy Audit
Climate impact – Do no Significant Harm
All projects supported under the Climate Planning Fund for Business must comply with the ‘Do no significant harm’ Technical Guidance from the European Commission (2021/C58/01). Specifically:
- The project will not lead to significant greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
- The project will not negatively impact on people, nature or assets.
- The project will not negatively impact on the sustainable use and protection of marine resources.
- The project will not lead to significant inefficiencies in the use of materials or natural resources and the project will not lead to increased waste or inefficient use of waste.
- The project will not lead to increased pollution in air, water, or land.
- The project will not lead to the harm of efforts to protect and restore biodiversity and ecosystems.
- The project will not lead to investments that will be detrimental to the conservation status of habitats and species, including those of European Union interest.
What are the call close dates?
There are no call close dates. The process is not competitive and is approved by Enterprise Ireland management.
How do I apply?
All applications for funding should be discussed with your Enterprise Ireland Adviser prior to submission.
You can apply via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System:
The online application forms provide a step-by-step guide on how to complete each tab.
Prior to applying you must do the following:
If you are not a client of Enterprise Ireland and employ between one to nine employees, or between 10 and 50 employees, in the manufacturing and internationally traded services sectors, you should contact your Local Enterprise Office.
If the company has already initiated a GreenStart assignment before submitting an application to Enterprise Ireland, the application and associated expenditure will not be accepted.
Where can I find a suitable consultant/trainer?
A directory of service providers interested in undertaking assignments under the Green Offer is maintained by Enterprise Ireland. The directory holds a profile provided by each service provider on their expertise and experience with environmental projects. A company may select a service provider from this directory, or it may select a consultant/trainer who is not. In either case, before the company applies for funding, 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. Service providers can apply for consideration to be added to the directory. Inclusion in the directory will be based on their experience and expertise.
Please ensure you carefully read the Guidelines for Use of Directory (.docx) prior to selecting from the list of service providers.
Disclaimer: 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.
If you have completed a GreenStart project, details on the Claims process are available here
Key contact/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 Transition Fund, please email email@example.com
GreenStart Assignment Guidelines (.docx) and Green Offer Reference Document - for more information on eligible activities, and the application and claims process- more information on eligible activities, and the application and claims process
GreenStart Application Form (.pdf) – this is for information purposes only, application is made on-line
More information on the Green Transition Fund is available here