North Dublin businesses can go green with two new schemes

by Gazette Reporter

Fingal’s small businesses are being encouraged to become more sustainable this year following the launch of two new programmes to green your business.

The Green for Micro programme, which was launched this week as part of Local Enterprise Week (LEW), is an initiative from the Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs), with support from Enterprise Ireland.

The scheme is being rolled-out nationwide to help prepare small businesses for the low-carbon, more resource-efficient economy of the future.

With the help of a Green Consultant, small businesses with up to ten employees can get free advice and technical support on resource efficiency, how to better understand their carbon footprint and how to implement an environmental management system to reduce costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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An Tánaiste Leo Varadkar T.D. officially launched Green for Micro on the opening day of LEW 2021 as part of a ‘Spotlight’ event on the new programme. He said: “I know this past year has felt like constant firefighting for many businesses. I hope this week is an opportunity to take a bit of time out, to reflect, network and grow.”

In conjunction to the Green for Micro, Fingal County Council (FCC) has launched a Sustainable Business initiative which aims to encourage small and medium enterprises across Fingal to embrace sustainable measures in their businesses, with a series of practical tools and resources to help them.

This initiative includes a dedicated sustainable resource hub for SMEs, as well as a competition to inspire businesses on their sustainability journey with an opportunity to win a Sustainability Assessment & Action Plan from Balbriggan based Patel Tonra Ltd. Environmental Solutions.

Head of Enterprise in Fingal, Oisín Geoghegan, said: “The news programme are an opportunity for small companies to change the way they do business and to benefit significantly from those changes.  Companies becoming more sustainable is very much the future of how we will do business and if businesses can make those changes now then they will see the benefits down the road. It is becoming more and more prominent within business that companies want to work with companies that have sustainability at the core of what they do and that is the same with customers. This new programme will put companies on the right track and in many cases will significantly improve their bottom line, so green for business is definitely good for business.” 

For more information on the Sustainable Business initiative see https://www.fingal.ie/sustainablebusiness

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