What is GreenStart?
The aim of the GreenStart assignment is 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.
Companies can apply for grant support towards the cost of hiring a Green consultant/trainer to undertake a short in-company assignment.
Eligible assignments may include:
- Guidance with basic Environmental / Energy / Carbon Management System based on ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’, continuous improvement philosophy.
- Guidance with developing a corporate sustainable strategy and aligning to national/international frameworks e.g. Origin Green, UN Environmental SDGs, CDP.
- Guidance with Life Cycle Assessment.
- Guidance with Circular Economy thinking and transition to circular economy business models.
Companies can apply for grant support towards the cost of hiring our team to undertake a short in-company assignment which will introduce Climate Action & Energy & Environmental best practice systems and structures, achieve cost reduction targets and lay a foundation for future environmental improvement projects.
Am I Eligible?
GreenStart is open to HPSU’s, SME’s and large companies that are Enterprise Ireland, IDA or Udaras na Gaeltachta clients.
If you are not a client of Enterprise Ireland, IDA or Udaras na Gaeltachta and employ less than 10 employees, you should consider the Green for Micro Program.
What costs are eligible and what is the maximum funding available?
The typical cost of undertaking a GreenStart assignment is €6,300.
The maximum grant funding available from Enterprise Ireland is €5,000. If the cost of the GreenStart assignment is less than €6,300 the company is still required to pay the first €1,300 in costs.
Eligible Expenditure is limited to the cost of hiring an Environmental consultant/trainer for a maximum of 7 days. Note that actual costs to the company are based on market rates and may be higher.
The maximum daily fee payable to a consultant/trainer is €900 inclusive of travel and subsistence and all out-of-pocket expenses.
Note: Receipt of other grants from Enterprise Ireland may impact on your eligibility for support under this initiative.
Ineligible costs include:
• General Consultancy including market research, IT implementation, financial review and planning, HR consulting or health and safety training.
• Capital equipment, materials or travel and subsistence costs.
• Energy audits by companies already required to carry out an energy audit under the Energy Efficiency Directive.
• If project is focussed on Energy Efficiency Design, company will be directed to apply to SEAI (EXEED; Stage 1).
For more information on GreenStart funding don’t hesitate to contact us.