Climate change is here, and its effects are devastating. We urgently need to adapt in order to reduce our contribution to greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and prepare for a better future. Small businesses have a big part to play. From the products we purchase, to the energy we use, and services we require, there are many ways to make a difference.
The Government of Ireland's Climate Toolkit 4 Business provides practical and cost-effective actions that every business can take to support this transformation and build resilience. It allows you to estimate your SME's carbon footprint and also provides a personalised action plan that will help you to reduce your environmental impact.
Building sustainability into your business is critical because:
- It matters to your customers. Customers are looking for providers that are sustainable. You add value to your product or service by reducing its carbon impact. Customers value transparency: robustly measuring and demonstrating your emissions is good business practice.
- It matters to your staff. Attracting and retaining talent depends on matching their values and expectations. Being a sustainable, environmentally conscious employer will motivate and engage your teams, while also developing the skills and knowledge your company needs.
- It can help your ‘bottom line’. Efficiency in how your business uses material and energy resources is important. Making your business more resource efficient or providing new sustainable products or services can be cost-efficient and profitable.
- It makes your business more resilient. Long-term business success depends on adapting to market changes. The transition to low carbon will shape our economy in the next decade. Preparing now to thrive in this transition gives you a competitive advantage.
The Climate Toolkit is not the only support which is available for your business. The SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) has a variety of grants and supports available to help SMEs meet their climate targets and remaining profitable. Find out more about what supports are available for your business.