Build a Green and Sustainable Business
As part of helping clients achieve improved export growth, the Enterprise Ireland Green 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.
First Steps to Green Competitiveness Guidebook
Two guidebooks were 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:
- First Steps to Green Competitiveness Guidebook for Manufacturing Companies
- First Steps to Green Competitiveness Guidebook for Services/Office Based Companies
Environmental Improvement Funding from Enterprise Ireland
The GreenStart programme is designed for SME companies only. It aims to increase the level of environmental awareness relating to regulatory compliance and help with the development of a basic management system in companies which do not have in-house expertise or have conducted limited environmental activities to date. An increase in environmental performance can help companies reach a level where they can achieve competitive advantage through greater resource efficiency (energy/water/waste costs) and greater market share through enhanced credentials.
The project will involve the hiring of a consultant to:
- Review environmental activities and practices at the site
- Provide advice on regulatory compliance issues (licences/permits) and how to resolve them
- Assistance with preparation of an Environmental Policy Statement
- Assistance with preparation of a basic Environmental Management System (EMS) based on a ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ philosophy to deal with site issues
- Establish a baseline assessment to identify possible savings and KPIs
- Provide introductory training for relevant staff
- Assistance with access to other tools and resources to maintain performance and to improve resource efficiency
- Compliance with regulatory requirements
- Environmental Policy Statement
- Simplified site EMS
- Cost saving project completed
- Awareness of market benefits of improved environmental reputation
- Reports on project and metrics generated
For more detailed information on eligible costs and how to apply, go to GreenStart.
Business Process Improvement - GreenPlus Assignments
Under Enterprise Ireland’s Business Process Improvement Grants, client companies can apply for funding towards the cost of undertaking a GreenPlus Assignment. Assignments are designed to assist company managers to develop a high level of environmental management capabilities, drive environmental efficiencies and achieve improved sustainability. Eligible assignments may include:
- Understanding and embedding improved environmental management practices in your company through dedicated training programmes
- Assessing and applying international environmental best practices and standards to a level compatible with ISO 14001 (Environmental Management Systems Standard), ISO 50001 (Energy Management Standard), and ISO 14064 Carbon Management Standard
- Life Cycle Assessment projects including the European Water Stewardship Standard, Eco-labels (Environmental Product Declarations)
- 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 improved company competitiveness
- Supply chain or customer tendering requirements
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 twelve months and will not exceed a total project cost of €70,000. Download the GreenPlus Assignment Guidelines. For information on eligible costs and how to apply, go to Business Process Improvement Grant.
Exploring Innovation Grant
The aim of the Exploring Innovation grant is to support better planning of R&D, Innovation or International Collaboration projects, To learn more about eligible costs or how to apply, please go to Exploring Innovation Grant.
Directory of Green Services Providers
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 must select a service provider from this directory. 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 prior to selecting from the list of service providers.
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.
Green Service Providers Forms
Relevant forms are available here for download for Environmental Consultants/Trainers:
- Green Service Providers Directory Application Form (Word format)
- GreenStart Assignment guidelines (Word format)
- GreenPlus Assignment guidelines (Word format)
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.
+353 1 7272480
Environmental & Lean Advisor
+353 61 777072
Lean Business Ireland
Enterprise Ireland also manages an environmental information portal at www.leanbusinessireland.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.
Best Practice Study Visits
Enterprise Ireland Best Practice Study Visits are an ideal mechanism to see highly competitive companies in action, they provide access to world class and aspiring world class companies that are embracing lean to improve their competitive position. They enable first-hand experience of Lean & Green Best Practice and provide solid and practical examples that participants can apply to their own businesses. Check out: Best Practice Study Visits.