Environmental performance is fast becoming an important marketing tool and there is an increasing demand for environmentally sound products and services.
Since 2001, EPA has operated a grant scheme to encourage Irish companies and organisations to implement cleaner, greener work practices.
Over eight phases, the EPA has supported 116 demonstration projects, using a co-funding model.
Originally known as the Cleaner Greener Production Programme, in 2013, the programme was rebranded as Green Enterprise to emphasise that the programme supports projects in the services sector and in social enterprises, as well as production and processing companies.
The philosophy of the programme remains that prevention is better than cure and this change underlines the linkages with the other activities in the EPA National Waste Prevention Programme.
Green Enterprise challenges organisations & companies to produce goods and provide services in more environmentally friendly ways and to minimise emissions through cleaner production methods.
The objective is to achieve a balance between economic and social activity and environmental protection.
A call for proposals is usually made in the late spring, which is advertised in the Irish Times and on the EPA website.
Applicants are usually notified in the early autumn if they have been successful or not.