Climate and Energy
There are a number of Government supports and resources available to help businesses mitigate the impact of energy price rises and become more energy efficient - whether you are beginning your journey to sustainability or at an advanced stage.
The TBESS was introduced to support businesses with increases in their electricity or natural gas (energy) costs.
Your business can make a claim under the scheme if it is tax compliant and carries on a Case I trade or Case II profession. This includes charities and approved sporting bodies that carry on certain activities and have experienced a significant increase of 50% or more in its electricity and/or natural gas average unit price.
You can find out more about the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme here.
Local Enterprise Office
Green for Micro is open to all micro enterprises with fewer than ten employees. Qualifying businesses will access two days of intensive mentoring including a sustainability audit and action plan, designed to help "green" their business. This programme offers free advice and technical support on resource efficiency, how to better understand their carbon footprint and how to implement an environmental management system to reduce costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
You can find out more about Green for Micro here.
The Energy Efficiency Grant supports the investment in technologies and equipment identified in a Green for Micro Report, GreenStart Report or a SEAI Energy Audit with 50% of eligible costs up to a maximum grant of €5,000. The aim of the scheme is to reduce the impact of enterprises on the environment thereby increasing the agility and resilience of these businesses.
You can find out more about The Energy Efficiency Grant here.
GreenStart aims 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.
You can find out more about GreenStart here.
As part of Ireland’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan and funded by the European Union, the Green Transition Fund will accelerate the decarbonisation of Irish enterprise through a range of supports
You can find out more about Enterprise Ireland's green supports here.
The Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme has been established to support eligible SMEs to invest in the energy efficiency of their enterprises.
You can find out more about the Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme here.
The Ukraine Credit Guarantee Scheme (UCGS) supports economic activity in Ireland, facilitating the provision of working capital and medium-term investment finance to businesses adversely impacted by the conflict in Ukraine who are facing supply chain disruptions and increased input (including energy) costs.
You can find out more the Ukraine Credit Guarantee Scheme here.
The SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) also has a variety of grants and supports available to help SMEs meet their climate targets and remaining profitable.
You can see what supports are available to you from them here.