Webinar title: Climate Action Funding & Supports - Manufacturing sector

Climate Enterprise Action Fund Webinar Series – Manufacturing Sector

The transition to a low carbon world has become a defining force for business. For Irish companies, this means opportunities to compete and grow as global investments in a sustainable future accelerates.

The manufacturing sector has the capability to address many of the problems in our society, including the threat from climate change. However, as the world aims for net zero emissions by 2050, the sector faces significant challenges in reducing its own energy consumption.

This webinar includes the following guest speakers who will share their sustainability journey, as well as provide helpful advice to companies of all sizes:

  • Nick Reynolds – CSR Advisor, Business in the Community

  • Patrick Beausang – CEO, Passive Sills

  • Andrea Cawley – Commercial Director, Automatic Plastics

  • Patrick Buckley – Managing Director, EPS

Watch the Climate Enterprise Action Fund webinar series here.

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Climate Enterprise Action Fund Webinar Series – ICT & Services

The transition to a low carbon world has become a defining force for business. For Irish companies, this means opportunities to compete and grow as global investments in a sustainable future accelerates.

ICT has the capability to address many of the problems in our society, including the threat from climate change. However, as the world aims for net zero emissions by 2050, the sector faces significant challenges in reducing its own energy consumption.

Similarly, there are many ways in which services can be part of the green economy and drive sustainable development. Business services can contribute to increasing sustainability for functions, processes and products across industries, and speed up the transition towards a green economy.

Within both sectors, sustainability is now recognised as a priority issue.

This webinar includes the following guest speakers who will share their sustainability journey and provide helpful advice to companies of all sizes:

  • Yvonne Holmes – Chief Sustainability Officer, AIB

  • Andrea Carroll – Sr. Susutainability Programme Manager EMEA, Amazon Web Services

  • Laura Costello – Strategy Director – Purpose & Planet, Thinkhouse

  • Eanna Glynn – Head of Sustainability, BidX1

  • Brian Minehane – Account Director & Sustainability Programme Lead, Ergo

 

Watch the Climate Enterprise Action Fund webinar series here.

    Webinar title: Climate Action Funding & Supports - food and Beverage sector

    Climate Enterprise Action Fund Webinar Series – Food and Beverage Sector

    The transition to a low carbon world has become a defining force for business. For Irish companies, this means opportunities to compete and grow as global investments in a sustainable future accelerates.

    The food & beverage sector has the capability to address many of the problems in our society, including the threat from climate change. However, as the world aims for net zero emissions by 2050, the sector faces significant challenges in reducing its own energy consumption.

    This webinar includes the following guest speakers who will share their sustainability journey and provide helpful advice to companies of all sizes:

    • Deirdre Ryan – Director of Origin Green, Bord Bia

    • Owen Keogh – Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Lidl Ireland

    • Louise Brennan – Head of Technical, O’Brien Fine Foods

    • Rosaleen Hyde – Operations Manager, Ballymaloe Foods

    • Padraig Mallon – Sustainability Director, Kerry Group

    Watch the Climate Enterprise Action Fund webinar series here.

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      The UK Packaging Sector Webinar – Opportunities and Challenges

      Few sectors have been affected greater by the COVID-19 pandemic than the packaging sector. The increased demand on food packaging with the upsurge of people eating at home and companies forced to rethink their packaging as minimalism made way for health and safety, the packaging sector was forced to change quickly to the ‘new normal’.

      Now as a post-pandemic world looks somewhat in sight, it’s time to reassess the UK market and re-evaluate how Irish packaging suppliers can take advantage of the £11 billion UK packaging sector.

      In this webinar, Andrew Finch, UK Packaging Consultant examines the UK packaging sector and discusses:

      • State of the UK market post-COVID-19 and post-Brexit

      • Opportunities for Irish packaging providers in the market

      • Latest demands from UK multiples and key industry stakeholders

      • Sustainability outlook in the UK

      • How to best engage UK packaging buyers

      Gain key business insights with our on-demand UK webinar series.

        Net Zero UK – UK Local Authorities & the Net Zero Challenge – Webinar

         

        The UK’s 408 local authorities will play a crucial and defining role in the UK’s net zero challenge with responsibility for:

        • overseeing the adoption of innovative zero carbon technologies

        • investing in climate-resilient urban infrastructure

        • driving energy efficiency through building retrofitting

        • placing a greater emphasis on environmental criteria in procurement policy

        This Enterprise Ireland UK webinar discusses how this evolution is reflected in procurement practices, with local authorities giving increasing consideration to social value and carbon emissions and what his means for Irish SMEs in the sector.

        Speakers include:

        • Todd Holden, Energy Policy & Programme Lead, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

        • Steve Turner, Business Director, Connected Places Catapult

        • Bret Willers, Head of Climate Change and Sustainability, Coventry City Council

        • Christopher Hammond, Network Membership Director, UK100

          Gain key business insights with our on-demand UK webinar series

           

          Net Zero UK – UK Agriculture & the Net Zero Challenge – Webinar

           

          Enterprise Ireland UK hosted a webinar examining the net zero ambition of the UK agricultural sector and the implications for Irish SMEs working in the industry. Michael Haverty, Partner with The Andersons Centre, delivered a comprehensive briefing and Q&A session, which included:

          An overview of the UK’s policy drivers for net zero in agriculture, including, the Agriculture Bill, Environment Bill and the role of the devolved administrations

          • Carbon markets; The scope for direct payments to farmers for sequestration

          • Food industry initiatives; Consumer pressure, Retailer commitments to achieving net zero e.g. Co-op, Tesco, Sainsbury’s

          • Food processors and net zero commitments e.g., Arla, ABP

          • Farm level net zero implications; net zero agritech trends, implications for inputs usage

          • How Irish SMEs can maximise on the opportunites in this space

          Gain key business insights with our on-demand UK webinar series

           

          Seoul, Korea

          Great opportunities on the Eastern horizon

          This year marks the 10th anniversary of the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which was provisionally in place since 2011 and formally ratified in 2015. And although it is a decade old, Taewon Um, Director of Korea at Enterprise Ireland, says it continues to be beneficial to Irish businesses.

          “As with any free trade agreement, this one aims to further liberalise trade between South Korea and the EU by eliminating or reducing customs duties on industrial goods and agricultural products,” he says. “For example, South Korea’s average tariff rate was 8% but the FTA removed all tariffs on industrial goods heading into South Korea within the first five years of its implementation.

          “Fundamentally, the FTA has made it easier and better for Irish and European businesses trading in South Korea. This means Irish exporters under the FTA won’t need to pay the customs duties, which vary depending on items and products gaining a price advantage or cost benefit.” says Um.

           

          Supporting Irish business

          The Korean market is the fourth largest in Asia, so it has great potential for Irish firms – and the area director says one of his main remits is to help Irish businesses to gain a footing in this market and also to support existing companies in scaling their exports.

          “I provide market research and advisory support to help formulate market entry and scale strategy,” he says. “I also make introductions to Korean buyers and partners and introduce innovative Irish solutions and capabilities to potential Korean partners and stakeholders.

          “Since its onset, the FTA has been very beneficial in making this happen as it also addresses non-trade barriers (NTBs) in key sectors such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices, automotive and more. This makes it easier for businesses to comply with the regulatory elements by recognising the other party’s standards or waiving certain regulatory or certification burdens.

           

          Common traits

          “In fact, a report by Copenhagen Economics finds that the EU-South Korea FTA had already resulted in an increase of €273m or 31% in Irish exports to South Korea in 2015.”

          But the market expert says it is important to note that the agreement doesn’t provide all the intended benefits automatically, so he would advise Irish businesses to attain approved exporter status and analyse how best it can use the FTA to save costs and minimise administrative burdens.

          He says the Irish businesses doing well in the Korean market all seem to have the same ethos.

          “They tend to share certain commonalities in that they are all highly innovative and have industry-leading technologies or solutions which fit the market, have trusted in-market partners, and put resources on the ground to serve customers and partners,” says Um.

          “South Korea has strong ambitions to lead the biopharma industry, and Ireland’s expertise in this sector is widely recognised and highly regarded. Also, Ireland is South Korea’s sixth largest source of medical devices – and as digital health is an area where South Korea wishes to develop, Ireland can add strong value given its strong position and expertise in both this area and in innovative biotech.”

           

          Cross sectoral opportunities

          The digital technology sector is another area where Ireland has strong potential in Korea as AR, VR, IoT-enabled solutions, system chips for sensors, as well as data processing tech, are actively sought after by Korean businesses – and both fintech and RegTech are also presenting good opportunities for Irish firms.

          Looking ahead, agri-machinery and agri-tech seem likely to be areas with strong future potential as the South Korean government has been working to increase agricultural productivity, and Irish Agri-machinery is well recognised and received by consumers in the Asian country. In fact, the government’s push for smart farming is also in line with Ireland’s agri-tech offering.

           

          Irish companies successfully trading

          According to the area director, the Irish companies doing well in Korea at the moment, include Novaerus, Kastus, Ding, InnaLabs and Skillsoft – and he believes that there is an Irish advantage which should be considered in the context of local markets as each market has comparative advantages and disadvantages.

          “Overall, the Irish businesses which are doing well in Korea, invest time and resources and visit their partners and customers regularly,” he advises. “Obviously, travel has been difficult due to Covid-19, but in-person meetings and connections are still very important when it comes to building trust and relationships here. And although there is more acceptance among Korean businesses for initial virtual engagement than there may have been pre-Covid-19, this cannot replace the fundamental importance of in-person interaction.

          “However, going forward, I am hopeful that once the world opens up fully, there will be plenty of opportunities for Irish businesses in Korea.”

           

          Doing Business in South Korea webinar

          Enterprise Ireland aims to boost the number of Irish businesses benefiting from the free trade agreements with these countries and recently hosted a webinar on Doing Business in South Korea.

          The webinar brought together experts on the topic to provide knowledge and insights on key elements of the FTA, and to enable Irish businesses to make use of the FTA to its fullest in doing business in South Korea.

          Register to watch the on-demand Doing Business in South Korea webinar.

          Net Zero UK – The UK Energy Market & the Net Zero Challenge – Webinar

           

           

          This webinar explores the major changes both underway and planned as the UK seeks to transition to a fully decarbonised energy system.

          From the increasing role of renewable energy, to the decarbonisation of the heating and transport sectors, this Enterprise Ireland UK webinar invites experts and industry leaders to understand the timelines, technologies and innovation required for the UK energy system to achieve net zero.

          Speakers:

          • Andrew Lever, Director of Programmes & Innovation, The Carbon Trust

          • Cian McLeavey Reville, Market Strategy Manager, National Grid ESO

          • Jon Slowe, Founding Director, Delta EE

            Gain key business insights with our on-demand UK webinar series

              Net Zero UK – Nine key steps towards a net zero construction business – Webinar

              The net zero challenge facing the UK will reform the ways in which business is done. This webinar focuses on the construction sector and examines the nine key steps towards a net zero construction business. Industry leaders from the UK and Ireland gave their insights and participated discussed their decarbonisation experiences.

              Speakers:

              • Isabel McAllister, Responsible Business Director, Mace

              • Dr. Matt Kennedy, Associate Director, Arup

              • Jo-Ann Garbutt, Director Sustainability, Mercury

              • Ché McGann, Sustainability Strategy & ESG Reporting Lead at Clearstream Solutions

              Gain key business insights with our on-demand UK webinar series

                Pricing Excellence – Pricing Study 2021 Webinar

                This Pricing Study was conducted by Enterprise Ireland in collaboration with Simon-Kucher & Partners.

                The study recorded nearly 500 responses with strong representation across all sectors demonstrating that the topic remains a high priority for businesses.

                This webinar presents the results of the survey along with guidance on how to develop and implement a price increase process.

                 

                Gain key business insights with our on-demand UK webinar series

                Net Zero UK – Why, When and How – Webinar

                The net zero challenge facing the UK will reform the ways in which business is done. To help Irish exporters understand how these changes will affect their sector and growth, Enterprise Ireland UK and UK net zero experts hosted the webinar Net Zero UK Overview, Why, When and How? 

                The webinar examines

                • The major industry and policy drivers that will accelerate the UK economy towards net zero emissions

                • The impact of the UK’S Sixth Carbon Budget, Green Industrial Strategy and individual corporate net zero plans

                • Key sectoral updates

                • Enterprise Ireland’s organisational climate action strategy

                • Green initiatives such as the €10 million Climate Enterprise Action Fund

                Gain key business insights with our on-demand UK webinar series

                 

                Webinar – Opportunities in Human Pharma

                Enterprise Ireland has undertaken an extensive study in the Human Pharma space across four markets; France/Belgium/UK/Switzerland.

                The findings form the basis of our webinar ‘Opportunites in Human Pharma’ which provides an overview of the sector with key insights from industry experts on the the latest trends and opportunities to help inform Irish companies looking to grow in this space.

                Chaired by Deirdre Glenn, Enterprise Ireland’s head of life sciences with insights from:

                • Suzanne Coles, CEO & Founder of Tech Novia Solutions

                • Enca Martin-Rendon Phd, Senior Consultant Baehl Innovation

                • Jeanne Françoise, Founder of Williamson Biotech Solutions