Helping Irish firms meet global sustainability goals

 

The global race to Net Zero by 2050 has been overshadowed recently by Brexit and Covid-19, but this is changing now we are in a period of recovery. And just in time, as the issue is becoming increasingly urgent.

The Climate Action Voucher can be used to develop a high-level plan in areas like renewable energy

Larger businesses are now looking for their suppliers and partners to meet sustainability goals, while governments such as the UK and beyond are increasingly including sustainability criteria in their tenders.

Suppliers will need to demonstrate a clear and measurable approach to reducing their climate impacts in order to meet customer and stakeholder demands.

This is applicable for every industry, from electronics to life sciences to services and software, and more obvious sectors such as construction and food and beverages.

But as with all disruption, there are also opportunities. The race to low carbon is a global one, and much investment is being made in solutions and products that help countries and companies achieve their targets. This presents enormous opportunities on a global stage for fast-acting, innovative Irish companies.

To help Irish companies build the capabilities required to deliver sustainable products, services and business models, Enterprise Ireland has launched the Climate Enterprise Action Fund, consisting of three financial supports for companies at different stages of their sustainability journey.

The Climate Action Voucher is a 100pc funded grant worth €1,800 to engage an expert to identify opportunities for your business and develop a high-level plan in areas like resource efficiency, renewable energy and the circular economy.

GreenStart is 80pc funded and offers up to €5,000 to measure your company’s carbon footprint and identify ways to reduce emissions and improve efficient use of resources.

GreenStart can also be used to assist companies in carrying out a Life Cycle Assessment of their products and services and potentially attain Environmental Product Declarations that are widely used in the construction sector.

Source:  Irish Independent

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