- Cost savings:
Substantial and ongoing, from €5k to €50+k per year, depending on client
- Optimal environmental and business performance:
Minimising waste, water and energy usage, which can in turn improve business processes, staff morale, customer engagement and risk management. See our impressive track record.
- Credible and straightforward environmental certification:
EcoMerit’s Oversight Board provides assurance that your environmental certification is in line with best practice.
- Readiness for Green Procurement:
Winning business from clients increasingly requires evidence of environmental credibility
- Enhanced appeal to investors, customers, staff and other stakeholders:
Environmental considerations are playing an increasing role in how stakeholders decide to engage with your business
- Financial Support:
EcoMerit Certified Members are part of a Sustainable Energy Community registered with the SEAI enjoying enhanced access to grants and finance. Nearly €2 million (€1,704,036) in SEAI grants have been awarded to our members, with a 100% application success rate.
The effectiveness of the EcoMerit programme is measured in three ways:
- The cost savings achieved in the first year of operation by the certified sites
- The year-on-year reduction in the energy carbon footprint of the certified sites
- The grant aid won for energy-saving improvements
at the certified sites
On average, EcoMerit certified sites achieve a 9% year-on-year reduction in energy carbon emissions, with typical annual carbon savings of some 70 tonnes per site. That’s an emmissions reduction of 60% over a 10 year period.
In addition to this extraordinary emissions result, average cost savings for each member has been over €10,000 in their first year of membership alone, with ongoing savings across the membership amounting to millions of euros over 10 years.
The performance graph shows the emissions performance of a range of EcoMerit certified sites since joining the programme. The thick orange line shows the average year-on-year improvement achieved by the combined certified sites. The thick blue line provides an interesting contrast. This is the national performance of Ireland over a similar timescale.
To date, EcoMerit certified sites have also benefitted from over €1.7 million in SEAI grant aid on energy-saving capital projects. Success in winning these grants for our client base has contributed to emmission reductions of thousands of tonnes of carbon.