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Become more sustainable

Sustainability starts with a plan

Every Irish business is on a journey – and the journey to a sustainable future is the most important one of all. Making your business more sustainable is the right thing to do for your business, your customers, and your planet. It’s key to winning business from large international customers and attracting top talent. It starts with making a plan. 

Why go green?

Mitigating the impact of climate change and addressing environmental issues requires a whole-of-society approach.
The enterprise sector must reduce its emissions by 35% by 2030 – while Ireland as a whole must reduce emissions by 51%. 


Moving towards a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy is a journey which presents both a challenge and an opportunity for Irish businesses. Organisations now need to develop a sustainability plan, covering everything from resource efficiency to supply chain, to adapt to this ambition to transition to a low-carbon, circular economy.


Learn what supports are available and take the first step towards becoming more sustainable. 

Benefits of a green business

Business benefits

Improve efficiency and reduce costs
Attract and retain top talent
Attract investment and funding

Customer benefits

Meet your customers’ sustainability demands
Win new customers with sustainable solutions
Sell into international supply chains

Benefit to our planet

Sustainability is no longer an option
We must reduce our carbon emissions
We all have a role to play

The Green Transition Fund

The Green Transition Fund supports companies at every step of their decarbonisation journey – from initial planning and capability building to investment, research and innovation. It aims to support companies as they prepare for a low-carbon, more resource-efficient future. 

Digital and climate transformation projects are being funded through the EU's Recovery and Resilience Facility under Ireland's National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) (2021-2026).    

Enterprise Ireland has a range of supports and funding to help your business implement sustainable practices and processes.

Green for Business

Get help from your Local Enterprise Office to help your small businesses take the first step towards becoming more sustainable. 

Climate Action Voucher

Access funding for advisory support to develop an initial sustainability or decarbonisation action plan. 

GreenStart

Fund expert advice to introduce best practice systems and reduce costs and resources.   

 

GreenPlus

Fund training projects to build environmental management and staff capability

Strategic Consultancy

Environmental studies or consultancy services directly linked to investments for improved levels of environmental protection

When your business is ready to take bigger steps in carbon reduction or green innovation, Enterprise Ireland can help you with expert advice and access to funding. 

Capital Investment for Energy Monitoring & Tracking Systems

Access funding to put systems in place which monitor and track your business’ energy usage.  

Capital Investment for Decarbonisation Processes

Access funding to support the decarbonisation of your manufacturing combustion processes. 

Innovation and R&I Grants

From Innovation Vouchers to large scale R&I projects, find supports for planning and developing new products, services or processes in the areas of sustainability and decarbonisation. 

Energy and Environmental Aid

Funding to accelerate the adoption of low carbon, efficient and sustainable production practices in your Enterprise.

Green Transition Webinars

Our Green Transition Webinar series helps business leaders to understand the importance of sustainability 
and ESG, and equip you with the practical skills to incorporate these principles into your business plans.

How to measure Scope 3 emissions

How to achieve net zero emissions in line with voluntary standards

How to get one step ahead of legislative, regulatory, and social change

How to develop a Sustainability Strategy and Action Plan

Closing the circular innovation gap and accelerating the net-zero carbon circular economy

Green Financing for SMEs

SME Climate Hub: Helping small businesses deliver on their climate goals

Green Skills: Skills for the Green Economy

Policy, Regulatory, Business Focus on net zero emissions by 2050

Sustainability, Reporting and ESG

What does your climate action journey look like?

Sustainability Kickstarter Workshops

Enterprise Ireland’s Sustainability Kickstarter online workshops help SME business leaders to understand the importance of sustainability and ESG and equip them with the practical skills to incorporate these principles into their business plans.

 

Upcoming workshops in September will be announced soon.

 

After completing this Kickstarter workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the critical role that sustainability and ESG play in the success and resilience of SMEs.
  • Articulate a clear link between sustainability and their company’s business strategy, identifying specific opportunities for improvement.
  • Understand how to measure, monitor, and report on ESG performance.
  • Initiate meaningful stakeholder engagement to support sustainability initiatives.
  • Develop an action plan to integrate sustainability and ESG principles into their business operations and decision-making processes.

The workshops are held online and include:

  • Expert Presentations: Experienced facilitators will deliver informative presentations on sustainability, ESG, and their relevance to SMEs.
  • Case Studies: Real-world case studies will be examined to illustrate how other SMEs have successfully integrated sustainability and ESG into their business strategies. Antaris will leverage past and present client projects that highlight successful integration of sustainability into organisational strategy and operational processes.
  • Group Discussions: Participants will engage in peer-to-peer discussions to share experiences, challenges, and ideas related to sustainability and ESG.
  • Interactive Exercises: Practical exercises will be used to help participants identify opportunities and develop strategies for their businesses.
  • Q&A Sessions: Dedicated question and answer sessions will provide participants with the opportunity to seek clarification and guidance.
  • Resources and Tools: Participants will receive access to relevant resources, templates, and tools to support them in integrating sustainability and ESG practices into their business plan.

Shaping Business is a specialist Growth Marketing Agency providing strategic business growth advice with operational marketing support to ambitious businesses.

Antaris Consulting is a leading management and training, ISO and sustainability consultancy in Ireland that collaborates on an individual level with clients, providing effective solutions and support that empower them to achieve their sustainability goals.
 

Cost is free.
 

The workshops are available to senior leaders and sustainability representatives in Enterprise Ireland and Local Enterprise Office client companies across
all sectors and stages of growth. The ideal participants should have a good understanding of their business operations and a willingness to embrace sustainable
practices. For maximum engagement and impact, two representatives from a company are encouraged to participate.

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Get in touch

For more information on how we can support your sustainability journey, contact the Enterprise Ireland Sustainability team. 

Contact the Sustainability team

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