Climate Action: A toolkit for business

October 02, 2023

This summer Ibec, in collaboration with Accenture, launched the resource ‘Climate Action: A toolkit for business’. This comprehensive toolkit provides businesses with the information they need for their climate action journey and provides practical guidance on how to develop an enduring climate action strategy.


Best practice

Ibec is aware that sustainability will play a pivotal role in the long-term competitiveness of Irish businesses. As Ireland’s largest and most influential business lobby, we will support our members in their own green transition and journey towards a sustainable business model. We continue to work with our EHS (Environment, Health & Safety) working group and members on sustainability issues, to publish on this topic and to lobby extensively at national and international levels. In line with our purpose to help build a better, sustainable future by influencing, supporting and delivering for business success, we also continue to offer Ibec Academy training courses on good corporate governance and corporate sustainability.

Ibec stands with its members on the road to Europe becoming the first carbon neutral continent by 2050. However, the increasing policy demands of EU and national governments can leave businesses uncertain and overwhelmed as to best practice or even where to start. That is why we have designed this accessible toolkit, which can be used by any business and may be of particular use to small and medium-sized enterprises. This toolkit is intended to address the potential knowledge gap in this increasingly regulated area and offer a handy, easy to follow guide on where to start building for a better business future.


The toolkit

It is important that this toolkit is comprehensive, readily accessible and useful to a wide range of businesses. That is why we have taken a step-by-step approach to these issues. The toolkit can be broken down into 5 key steps:

The 5 steps

  1. Calculation of emissions across your organisation
  2. Mobilising of activity across your organisation
  3. Setting your targets
  4. Implementation
  5. The measurement and communication of progress

We are also taking the toolkit on the road to facilitate learning. You can join us at one of our upcoming regional events where we’ll delve deeper into these steps. Our upcoming climate action workshops are designed to be informative, in-person events that are interactive and free of charge. We will share experience and best practice which can be used to understand the business imperative and what supports are available to deliver on the sector’s carbon reduction.


Upcoming free of charge workshops

Climate action workshop Galway - 11 October, 9.30 - 11am, Clayton Hotel - Register here 
Climate action workshop Cork -  18 October, 9.30 - 11am, Ibec offices, Penrose One, Penrose Dock, Cork - Register here


Other ways to participate

If you can’t attend one of the upcoming in-person workshops, stay tuned for additional measures tailored to our member needs. In the meantime, you can read the toolkit or listen to an explanation of the reasons behind the toolkit and the toolkit itself in this Ibec Responds podcast episode hosted by Conor Minogue, Ibec Senior Executive for Infrastructure, Energy and Climate Policy, featuring Nicholas Reynolds, Sustainability Manager with O’Brien Fine Foods and Caoimhe Donnelly, Chief Sustainability Officer with CIÉ.

Conor Gibbons
Networks Executive



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