Eligible Activities as part of the Green for Micro Programme

Eligible Activities as part of the Green for Micro Programme


  • 4.1 Environmental Management System
    • Review environmental activities and practices at the site
    • Establish a baseline assessment to identify possible savings and KPIs
    • Identify resource, emissions and cost savings opportunities
    • Make a start on developing an Environmental / Decarbonisation strategy and action plan
    • Assist with preparation of an Environmental Policy
    • Assist with preparation of a basic Environmental Management System (EMS) based on a ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ philosophy
    • Provide suggestions on the format and frequency of reports, including KPI check for performance evaluation
    • Provide training and guidance on the implementation of software tools to measure, manage and report
    • Provide advice on risks (financial, reputational, regulatory or physical) and how to mitigate them
    • Provide introductory training for relevant staff
    • Assist with access to other tools and resources to maintain performance and to improve resource efficiency
  • 4.2 Energy Management System
    • Review energy activities and practices at the site, identify energy sources and significant energy users
    • Establish a baseline assessment to establish Energy Performance Indicators (EnPIs) 
    • Identify energy, emissions and cost savings opportunities
    • Consider renewable energy generation potential and recommend appropriate system(s)
    • Quantify the Organisation’s Operational carbon footprint i.e. Scope 1 & 2 (include F gases and Scope 3 if project scope allows, and data available) and provide                  training to enable the company to monitor and reduce their carbon footprint
    • Provide suggestions on the format and frequency of Energy Reports, including EnPI check for performance evaluation
    • Provide training and guidance on the implementation of software tools to measure, manage and report  
    • Make a start on developing a Decarbonisation strategy and action plan
    • Assist with preparation of an Energy Policy
    • Assist with preparation of an Energy Management System based on a ‘Plan, Do, Check, Act’ philosophy
    • Advise on other technical and financial supports, e.g. SEAI supports & Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (EEOS)
  • 4.3 Water Stewardship
    • Review water stewardship activities and practices at the site
    • Provide advice on water risks (financial, reputational, regulatory or physical) and how to mitigate them
    • Assist with preparation of a Water Stewardship Map, Targets and Action Plan
    • Establish a baseline assessment to identify possible savings and KPIs
    • Provide training and guidance on the implementation of software tools to measure, manage and report
    • Provide introductory training for relevant staff
    • Assist with access to other tools and resources to maintain performance and to improve water stewardship
  • 4.4 Product Environmental Footprinting and Organisation Environmental Footprinting
    • Provide a Product Environmental Footprint for a company’s manufactured goods and/or an Organisation Environmental Footprint for a particular production site/organisation, to act as a benchmark for further improvements, and to report footprints to the market
    • Provide training on use of an environmental footprinting tool based on the Life Cycle Methodology (LCA, relevant standards ISOs 14040, 14044, 14025, ISO 14067-1, PAS 2050). The tool will express the environmental footprints in CO2 as well as several other environmental indicators
    • Assist the company in using the LCA tool to generate, interpret and use the footprint results to identify environmental hotspots and understand their own Scopes 1, 2 and 3 (direct and indirect) CO2 and other emissions; thus enabling the company to footprint their own products and organisation, and monitor and report the improvements in their environmental performance to the market
    • Assist the company with preparation of Environmental Product Declarations (relevant standard EN 15804), Ecolabels or similar environmental footprint declarations
  • 4.5 Corporate Sustainable Strategy
    • Provide training/advice to develop a corporate sustainability / decarbonisation strategy
    • Advise on the development of corporate sustainability policies, objectives, and plans
    • Guidance on setting appropriate sustainability performance measures, KPIs and targets
    • Provide training and guidance on the implementation of software tools to measure, manage and report
    • Guidance on the development of stakeholder engagement and materiality programmes to assess key sustainability priorities
    • Guidance with aligning to global & national sustainability frameworks, pledges, and disclosure systems e.g. UN SDGs, Science Based Targets Initiative, SME Climate Action Hub, PAS 2060,  B Corps, CDP, GRI, Origin Green.
  • 4.6 Circular Economy thinking
    • Provide training to understand the circular economy principles, designing for a circular economy, the transition to circular business models and how to communicate the business value in a circular economy
    • Advise on key challenges and opportunities in transitioning to a more circular business model
    • Provide training on understanding the systemic changed required in buyer and supplier relationships and contracts necessary to accelerate the circular economy transition
    • Assist with developing a resource efficient innovation project for a more circular product, process or service
    • Assist with the design of a new circular economy pilots or trials, including the facilitation of collaboration between suppliers and customers.
    • Assist with access to tools for measuring the impact of the Circular Economy; LCA and product carbon accounting
  • 4.7 Green Procurement/Tenders
    • Provide training/advice in Green Procurement/tendering, integrating sustainability into the procurement/tendering process
  • 4.8 Climate Adaptation
    • Provide training to develop skills on identifying and understanding climate risks and opportunities based on the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), ISO 14090 or similar
    • Guidance on implementing the appropriate Governance structures, strategy, climate scenario planning and metrics & targets
  • 4.9 Sustainable Packaging
    • Raise knowledge and understanding around Sustainable Packaging, including design processes, strategies, tools and opportunities for development of more sustainable and circular packaging solutions
    • Enable companies to understand what adopting a Sustainable Packaging means for them and how to make Sustainable Packaging a reality in their company
    • Guidance on assessing and measuring sustainability in packaging in particular relating to end of life and recycling options
    • Assist with developing more sustainable innovative packaging
  • 4.10 Sustainable Logistics
    • Provide training/advice to measurably reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants & improve fuel efficiency based on the GLEC framework or similar. Scope may include all modes (road, rail, sea, air), sub-suppliers, city and reverse logistics, and their internal and external impacts
  • 4.11 Ecodesign
    • Provide training/advice in innovative design for sustainability e.g. designing a product from concept taking into account sustainability
  • 4.12 Communications
    • Provide training/advice on internal and external sustainability communications, messaging & reporting
  • 4.13 Employee & Customer Engagement
    • Provide training and advice to engage employees and customers, create an environmental awareness and achieve long term sustainable behavioural change
  • 4.14 Sustainability Benchmarking
    • Facilitate Sustainability Benchmarking, e.g. Probe for Sustainability Excellence