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Laois companies encouraged to start planning for green future with grants available

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Laois companies who are supported by Enterprise Ireland are being encouraged to start planning for a green future now.

There are three grants available to help them to ‘reduce emissions’ and ‘build a more sustainable future’.

A Climate Action Voucher of €1,800 is available. This is a grant to engage consultants to develop plans in areas such as resource efficiency and renewable energy.

A €5,000 GreenStart grant can be availed to measure carbon footprint and identify actions to reduce emissions and operate more sustainably.

While GreenPlus, grant funding of up to 50% to develop a multi-annual climate change plan aligned to international standards and frameworks, is also available.

Michael Brougham, Regional Director for the Midlands and Mid-East at Enterprise Ireland said, “Ireland has an ambitious target to reduce emissions by more than 51% by the end of the decade.

“The enterprise sector accounts for 13% of Ireland’s emissions so it has an important role to play in this national strategy.

“Reducing emissions and adopting more sustainable production practices is a smart business strategy.

“Increasingly consumers are placing a premium on environmentally sustainable products and services. Responding positively to this growing demand is important for consumer-facing businesses.

“Likewise, businesses that provide products or services to larger companies are now being required to show transparent environmental credentials and alignment with international standards.

“Inclusion in this supply chain will increasingly rely on a commitment to our emerging low-carbon, sustainable economy.

“Applications to the Climate Enterprise Action Fund will close on 31 August 2021 so I would strongly encourage companies to visit www.globalambition.ie/climateaction for more information.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.