Enterprise Ireland Climate Enterprise Action Fund and Antaris

Enterprise Ireland Climate Enterprise Action Fund and Antaris

Antaris, in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, is now a service provider of a range of green, environmental services under three programme initiatives, helping Irish companies compete and grow global investment as a greener future accelerates, as well as comply with regulations and build a more credible profile.

See below the three programmes you can avail of with Enterprise Ireland, with the option of selecting Antaris as your service provider.

GreenStart

Aimed at SMEs and large companies that are Enterprise Ireland clients, 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.

The maximum grant funding available from Enterprise Ireland is €5,000. However, 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.

Antaris can deliver a range of eligible services under this programme including:

  • Guidance with basic Environmental 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.

Eligibility

Companies can apply for grant support towards the cost of hiring a Green consultant/trainer to undertake a short in-company assignment.

Eligible expenditure is limited to the cost of hiring an Environmental consultant/trainer for a maximum of 7 days, with a maximum daily fee payable to a consultant/trainer at €900 (including expenses).

How to apply

Applications are open until the 31st of August 2021.

All applications for funding should be discussed with your Enterprise Ireland Adviser prior to submission.

You can apply via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System, and follow the step-by-step guide.

Antaris asks you to refer to Enterprise Ireland’s site here, to gain further insight into the specificities that apply to you, as the client.

GreenPlus

Similar to GreenStart, but aimed at medium-sized projects, the GreenPlus project is open to SMEs and large companies that are Enterprise Ireland clients and aims to aid companies in developing a high level of environmental management capabilities, drive environmental efficiencies and achieve improved sustainability by establishing and embedding continuous improvement systems and behaviours.

The projects under this programme are larger, and the grant available is higher, as the grant can also be used to cover part of the salary cost for up to 10 company green project team members over the project duration. This is because the team is one that supports the implementation and transition, so their presence and activities are considered important to achieve the planned environmental success and improvement.

For more information including eligible activities, download GreenPlus Assignment Guidelines.

Under a GreenPlus programme, Antaris can help you as our client in a training or advisory capacity, whilst Enterprise Ireland will provide grant funding for 50% of the eligible project costs up to a maximum of €100,000 (€50,000 grant).

How to apply

Applications are open until the 31st of August 2021.

All applications for funding should be discussed with your Enterprise Ireland Adviser prior to submission.

You can apply via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System, and follow the step-by-step guide.

Antaris asks you to refer to Enterprise Ireland’s site here, to gain further insight into the specificities that apply to you, as the client.

Climate Action Voucher ­- NEW

Antaris is proud to be a service provider of this NEW Climate Action Voucher.

The Climate Action Voucher is a support provided by Enterprise Ireland intended to fund a technical/advisory project of up to 2 days and can be carried out by Antaris directly with an eligible company on one or more activities as outlined below. Costs supported/funded by Enterprise Ireland are capped at €900 per day (expenses included), with a maximum project expenditure of €1,800 (excluding VAT).

The Climate Action Voucher is open to companies who do not already have a GreenStart/Plus project under way.

1 – Resource Efficiency Assessment

  • Identify resource, emissions and cost savings opportunities.
    • Resources to include energy, water, raw materials. Examples of energy include energy use for heating, lighting, operating equipment, refrigeration, transport.
    • Opportunities include capital projects, feasibility studies, procedural changes, process changes, awareness initiatives, management initiatives and staff training.
  • Provide information on cost & payback of opportunities identified.

2 – Renewable Energy Potential

  • Assess your business and site(s) energy usage and recommend the most appropriate renewable energy system(s) for the business. All renewable energy technologies can be considered, including solar panels, heat pumps, biomass boilers, combined heat and power plants.
  • Provide information on cost & payback of opportunities identified.

Please note, under the terms of this voucher, Antaris cannot undertake energy audits for companies already required to carry out an energy audit under the Energy Efficiency Directive.

3 – Introduction to Corporate Sustainability

  • Develop an action plan to implement a corporate sustainability/decarbonisation strategy, policy and plan. An example of ‘Introduction to Corporate Sustainability’ is given below.

4 – Introduction to Circular Economy Thinking

  • Understand the relevance of circular economy and innovation to your business.Prepare a plan to identify and develop circular economy ideas for a more circular product, process or service. This means looking beyond the current take-make-waste linear economic model to a circular model that minimises waste and pollution by design, keeping products and materials in use and regenerates natural systems.
  • Carry out a circular gap assessment or carry out a packaging review.

How to apply

To apply, you must contact your Enterprise Ireland Development Advisor to discuss your eligibility for the Climate Action Voucher funding support.

Once an application is made, under the directions of your Advisor, your application will be reviewed and assessed, and upon approval, a ‘Letter of Offer’ will be emailed to your company for completion and signature.

The contract of work is between Antaris and you, as the client. Your approval for funding from Enterprise Ireland has a lifespan of 6 months from the ‘Letter of Offer’ date. In addition, payment will have had to be made to Antaris before making a claim to Enterprise Ireland. When making a claim, Antaris can supply you with the proof of payment you require.

Furthermore, a report must be completed by Antaris and submitted by your company to Enterprise Ireland, in order to make a claim.

Further information can be found on Enterprise Ireland’s website here.

Antaris also asks you to refer to our environmental profile, blogs, team, and expertise, at the following links:

 

Not eligible for these supports?

 

“I am a micro-enterprise”

No problem, you might be interested in the Local Enterprise Office “Green for Micro” programme; aimed at micro-enterprises of under 10 people. Click here for more information and on how to choose Antaris!

 

I don’t think I fit anywhere here

Not a problem either, IDA Ireland & Údarás na Gaeltachta have similar GreenStart & GreenPlus offers to Enterprise Ireland and use the Enterprise Ireland Green Directory (meaning you can still select Antaris as a service provider). Applications are made to the relevant agency.

 

To check the supports available with IDA Ireland, follow the link and scroll down the page to find and download their “Go Green Brochure” –  https://www.idaireland.com/how-we-help.

 

Údarás na Gaeltachta have similar supports to Enterprise Ireland; Climate Action Voucher, GreenStart & GreenPlus, for manufacturing and internationally traded services with an export focus – please contact Údarás na Gaeltachta directly to discover more.