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Energy supports for business

Recent global events, including the invasion of Ukraine, have led to a rise in global energy costs. The government has already implemented a number of measures to help ease the impact on enterprises, including a temporary reduction in the excise duties charged, by 20 cent per litre of petrol, 15 cent per litre of diesel, and 2 cent in the excise duty charged on marked gas oil.

There are also a number of other government supports and resources available to help mitigate the impact of these price rises on enterprises and to become more energy efficient, whether you are beginning your journey to sustainability or at an advanced stage:

Starting your energy efficiency journey

All businesses

Climate Toolkit 4 Business

Climate Toolkit 4 Business allows SMEs to input some simple information to get an estimate of their carbon footprint. It will use this information to generate a personalised action plan and recommend those supports that are relevant to help each business reduce their carbon footprint and energy costs.

SEAI Energy Academy

The SEAI Energy Academy is a free, online, e-learning platform designed to help businesses increase their energy efficiency and reduce their energy related costs. The SEAI Energy Academy allows anyone to learn with short, interactive, animated modules. It is mobile friendly and offers flexible, self-paced learning with access available 24/7.

Energy audits

The Support Scheme for Energy Audits - SEAI offers a €2,000 voucher to SMEs to undertake a bespoke energy audit of their business. The SEAI energy audit is an important step for businesses that want to save money, save energy and enhance their brand.

Water conservation for business hub

Help protect Ireland's water supply and cut down on business costs. Learn how your business can make a difference by conserving water with the water conservation for business - Irish Water.

EPA resources

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a number of resources available for business such as greening resources for business, carbon footprint calculators and EPA tool for resource efficiency.

Steps to energy efficiency

Steps to energy efficiency - SEAI sets out five steps which your business can take to begin its energy efficiency journey.

Skills to Advance

The green skills programmes - SOLAS aims to boost awareness of the key environmental sustainability issues that affect employers and employees and to equip them with the skills to make a positive contribution to sustainability in the workplace. 

Businesses with 10 or fewer employees

Green for Micro

Green for Micro - Local Enterprise Office offers two days of intensive mentoring including green transition advice and technical support to a wide range of micro-enterprises with 10 or fewer employees. This support is free of charge for eligible enterprises and represents the potential for increased efficiencies within companies that adopt these principles. 

Businesses with 10 or more employees

SEAI Large Industry Energy Network (LIEN)

The Large Industry Energy Network (LIEN) - SEAI members are companies with an annual energy spend of €1 million or more. SEAI work with these companies to improve their energy performance and assist them to lead on the transition, and inspire others to take action, by sharing their experience. Special working groups within the Network have developed best practice guides on how manage energy performance. LIEN members report annually on energy consumption and projects undertaken to help increase efficiency. Companies are eligible if they are either spending at least €1 million on energy annually, or are certified to or pursuing ISO 50001 certification

Planning, preparation and training

All businesses

Innovation Vouchers - Enterprise Emissions Reduction Investment Fund

Innovation Vouchers - Enterprise Ireland provide grant funding up to a maximum of €5,000 to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider in the areas of sustainability and decarbonisation.

GreenStart - Climate Planning Fund for Business

GreenStart - Enterprise Ireland offers up to €5,000 to introduce environmental best practice systems and structures and lay a foundation for future environmental improvement projects including energy and carbon management systems.

Climate Ready Programme (Skillnet)

Climate Ready: Talent for Ireland's Green Economy - Skillnet Ireland offers leadership and skills support for enterprises who want to develop their operational and strategic sustainability.

EI clients, potential EI clients and Údarás na Gaeltachta clients

Climate Action Voucher - Climate Planning Fund for Business

The Climate Action Voucher is an €1,800 grant to engage consultants to develop an initial sustainability or circular economy action plan.

GreenPlus - Climate Planning Fund for Business

GreenPlus provides grant funding for 50% of training costs to align to international standards and frameworks and to develop a comprehensive climate change and sustainability plan. 

Exploring Innovation Grant – Enterprise Emissions Reduction Investment Fund

The Exploring Innovation Grant provides grant funding up to a maximum of €35,000, based on a grant rate of 50% to enable better planning in the areas of sustainability and decarbonisation.

Strategic Consultancy Grant - Climate Planning Fund for Business

Strategic Consultancy Grant is a grant to assist large energy users develop a carbon reduction roadmap. This provides grant rates of up to 50-80% of eligible costs, with typical maximum support of €35,000. 

Improving your business with funding

All businesses

Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme

The Energy Efficiency Loan Scheme - SBCI supports eligible SMEs to invest in the energy efficiency of their enterprises. Loan amounts from €10,000 to a maximum of €150,000 per borrower, over terms of 1 year up to 10 years.

Agile Innovation Fund - Enterprise Emissions Reduction Investment Fund

The Agile Innovation Fund - Enterprise Ireland provides grant support of up to 50% for the development of new or improved products, services or processes, in the areas of sustainability and decarbonisation.

Research, Development & Innovation (RD&I) Fund - Enterprise Emissions Reduction Investment Fund

The Research, Development and Innovation Fund - Enterprise Ireland supports the development of new or substantially improved products, services or processes in the areas of sustainability and decarbonisation, which will have a competitive advantage in a company’s target market and provide enhanced customer experience. It offers assistance to carry out explorative work assessing the resource requirements and the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities of potential R&D projects in the area of sustainability. 

EXEED Grant Scheme

The EXEED Grant Scheme - SEAI is designed for organisations who are planning an energy investment project. Grant support of up to €1,000,000 per project is available.

Support Scheme for Renewable Heat  

The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat - SEAI is open to commercial, industrial, agricultural, district heating, public sector and other non-domestic heat users. The scheme offers 30% of installation costs of selected renewable technologies as well a multi-annual payment, for a period of up to 15 years.

Community Grant

The Grants for Sustainable Community Projects - SEAI support energy efficiency community projects through capital funding, partnerships, and technical support with grant supports up to €5,000,000. The scheme empowers Businesses, Public Sector Organisations, Communities, Housing Associations and Local Authorities to lead deep energy efficient upgrades on the buildings. Businesses looking to get involved in a Community Grant application should contact one of the project coordinators.

Accelerated Capital Allowance

For businesses who want to reduce their tax bill and energy costs, the Accelerated Capital Allowance - SEAI is a tax incentive encouraging investment in energy saving technology. Companies, sole traders and farmers that operate and pay corporation tax in Ireland can avail of the ACA scheme. View a list of the technologies and products on the Triple E Products Register - SEAI.

Electric Vehicle Grants (SEAI) – co-funding

The Electric Vehicle Grants - SEAI provides grant supports towards the purchase of new N1 category electric vehicles for business and public entities.  N1 category vehicles are typically small goods carrying vans with a technically permissible maximum mass not exceeding 3500kg. A maximum grant of €3,800 is available for qualifying N1 category BEVs when purchased commercially.

Energy Contracting

Energy Contracting - SEAI is a 'pay for performance' approach to installing and operating energy technologies in your business. The option you choose influences the level of energy and cost savings guaranteed.  

Businesses with less than 10 employees

eSPSV Business Loan

The eSPSV Business Loan - Microfinance Ireland is available to support small business owners with a Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV) that are unable to secure finance from Banks and Asset Finance providers and are availing of the government’s eSPSV Grant Scheme to replace their vehicle with a more sustainable model (electric/hybrid).

EI, IDA Ireland and Údaras na Gaeltachta clients only

Capital investment for decarbonisation processes – Enterprise Emissions Reduction Investment Fund

Capital investment for decarbonisation processes supports investment in carbon reducing technologies in manufacturing combustion processes. This provides a maximum grant rate of 30-50%, dependent on company size, up to a maximum support of €1 million.

Energy Monitoring and Tracking Systems - Enterprise Emissions Reduction Investment Fund

Energy Monitoring and Tracking Systems (EM & T) incentivises companies to put in place monitoring and targeting systems to begin accounting for the carbon footprint of their activities.  

Other general supports that may assist business at this time

Given the simultaneous impact of Brexit, COVID-19 and the Ukraine crisis on businesses, the State backed loan schemes will meet the needs of many SMEs seeking to respond to these economic shocks. The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) and the finance providers participating in the State backed loan schemes can advise SMEs on their eligibility for these loans.    

Brexit Impact Loan Scheme

The Brexit Impact Loan Scheme - SBCI makes up to €330 million in lending available for terms of one to six years. Loans range from €25,000 to €1.5 million per eligible business, with loans up to €500,000 available unsecured. The BILS will remain available to the end of December 2022.

Microfinance Ireland loan packages

Microfinance Ireland (MFI) provide loans to help start-ups and established microenterprises (businesses with fewer than 10 employees and an annual turnover of less than €2 million) to get the finance they need for their business. MFI provides vital support to microenterprises by filling the lending gap in the market by lending to business that cannot obtain loans from other commercial lenders. Also, mentoring can be provided from an experienced business mentor in the Local Enterprise Office (LEO). Loans range from €5,000 to €25,000 for up to 5 years per eligible microenterprise business.

Lean for Micro

Lean for Micro - Local Enterprise Office is available to LEO clients to help build resilience within micro enterprises.

Under this programme, clients can avail of consultancy support with a LEAN Expert (a qualified practitioner), who will work with the company to introduce lean principles, undertake a specific cost savings project and assist the company in benchmarking its performance.

The LEO Lean for Micro business programme helps to:

  • identify issues and potential improvement areas
  • provide support to implement
  • achieve savings and improvements in capability and capacity to deliver

Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme

Through the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme - SEAI, energy providers (gas, electricity and solid fuel) have an obligation to help customers decarbonise – contact any of these providers (known as Obligated Parties) to assess available support options.