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 and environmental impacts.

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 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 this 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

           

          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 webinar - How, When & Why

                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

                 

                UK Super Deduction: How it affects your UK customers

                As part of the 2021 UK budget, the British government has introduced the largest tax incentive on plant and equipment capital investments in their history.

                This incentive, known as the super deduction, allows UK companies to claim 130% capital allowances on qualifying plant and machinery investments. This is an increase on the 18% ordinary relief prior and came into effect on 1st April 2021 running until the end of March 2023.

                Alongside the super deduction, the UK government also introduced a 50% first year allowance (FYA) on for special rate assets until 31 March, up from a 6% allowance previously. These changes make the UK capital allowance regime more internationally competitive, lifting the net present value of UK plant and machinery allowances from 30th to 1st in the OECD.

                What does this mean for you and your UK customers?

                This incentive reduces the effective cost of equipment for UK manufacturers, thus making plant and machinery investments more attractive.

                For example, under current rules, if a company invests £100,000 in a piece of equipment they can write off the cost of that equipment against their tax bill. i.e. Since 19% of £100,000 is £19,000, the effective cost of their equipment is £81,000.

                With the new super deduction, you can write off 130% of your investment in “plant and machinery” against your tax bill. i.e. 130% of £100,000 is £130,000, which at the 19% corporate tax rate allows you to write off £24,700. This means the effective cost of your equipment is now £75,300. Therefore, companies are incentivised to move forward or make additional capital investments.

                This is necessary as investment has dropped significantly due to the pandemic in the UK which was on top of historically low business investment relative to the UK’s peers. Chancellor Rishi Sunak reiterated this need for increased investment “With the lowest corporation tax in the G7, we need to do even more to encourage businesses to invest – for decades we have lagged behind our international peers”.

                It is expected that these incentives should act as a catalyst to the return of capital investment in the UK post pandemic with Stephen Phipson of MAKE UK (The UK manufacturer’s association) stating that the super deduction should “turbocharge investment”.

                For many manufacturers in the UK investment cycles have stalled or been delayed due to Covid-19 and Brexit and may now be looking at capital investments for the first time in several years. According to a MAKE UK survey following the budget announcement, almost a quarter (22.6%) of manufacturers stated plans to increase investments in response to the super deduction. Furthermore, 28.1% of those surveyed said they will bring forward planned investments in response.

                This indicates the impact that these incentives will have on investments in 2021 and beyond, potentially making your customer base more receptive to your offering.

                This is one of the first major supports brought in for manufacturers since the UK industrial strategy was axed earlier this year and it is expected that there is further supports to come for UK manufacturers. There has been calls for an overarching plan for business to replace the industrial strategy, bringing together policies around sustainability, skills and trade, but it is uncertain whether such a plan will be put in place.

                Nevertheless, the introduction of incentives like the super deduction are sure to be welcomed by manufacturers in the UK and Irish companies should ensure they are up to date with any supports their customers may be receiving for their product/service. To learn more about Tax super deduction visit www.gov.uk.

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                UK Net Zero Construction Report

                This report is a guide for Enterprise Ireland clients targeting or operating within the UK construction sector to inform and support their navigation to the start line of a journey that leads to net zero carbon emissions.

                A key focus of this report is to prioritise the key factors that address the question of

                • Why focus on emissions? e.g making the business case.

                • What? e.g. what a decarbonisation journey could look like.

                In addition, we feature interviews with some of the UK’s most influential property and construction companies including, British Land, Mercury Engineering, Mace Group, Arup and Willmott Dixon.

                Click the below image to view or download the complete report.