Equipping businesses
for the Green Economy

The impacts of climate change are becoming ever clearer, both in Ireland and around the world. No matter the region or industry, now is the time to take action.

Businesses that focus on adopting sustainable practices not only contribute to improving their environment, they also benefit by becoming more efficient, more competitive, and achieving greater employee engagement.

Climate Ready

quoteHelping Irish businesses develop the skills they need to thrive in a low carbon economy.quote

The Skillnet Climate Ready Academy aims to support Irish businesses in developing the skills and talent required to mitigate the effects of our changing climate and environment. The programmes, training, and supports offered as part of this national upskilling initiative are funded for eligible Irish businesses and employees in the private sector.

The Skillnet Climate Ready Academy is brought to you by Skillnet Ireland in partnership with a range of industry bodies, government agencies, businesses, and other stakeholders.

Upcoming Programmes

Skillnet Climate Ready Academy offers specialised training for businesses in the areas of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Sustainability Pass

The purpose of the Sustainability Pass is to develop awareness, knowledge, and skills across the workforce in core sustainability areas including energy, water, waste, biodiversity, sourcing, and responsible citizenship.

This short course is delivered through a flexible and engaging online learning platform.

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Energy Leaders Programme

The Energy Leaders Programme, supported by SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) aims to assist businesses and energy professionals with practical sessions on how to reduce energy waste, deliver cost savings, and protect the environment.

This programme consists of a series of live online workshops and mentoring delivered over 12 weeks.

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Masterclasses are practical and interactive thought-leadership sessions, curated by experts to share best practices in key climate and sustainability related topics.

The Masterclass Series is aimed at senior leaders and those responsible for driving climate action in organisations. They are delivered by experienced practitioners who will share their knowledge and insights.

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Sustainability Leaders Programme

The programme aims to drive and assist businesses and Sustainability professionals to embrace responsible and sustainable business practices towards a decarbonised economy. Throughout the programmes we strive to examine the challenges of transitioning to a sustainable business model, and learn how to overcome them through identifying the key organisational levers that facilitate change.

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Waste & Circular Economy Leaders Programme

The Waste and Circular Economy Leaders programme aims to support businesses to improve their waste management policies and develop a detailed action plan for their business anchored in Ireland's Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy.

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What Companies Say


"As a co-operative owned Group, we pursue sustainability and social responsibility in everything we do. This programme allows us to further develop the skill sets of our people while also contributing to our commitment to national initiatives such as Origin Green."

Orla Hurley
Sustainability Officer


"Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility is an integral part of our corporate culture. The Sustainability Pass supports us to further demonstrate our commitment to sustainability and encourage our employees across all disciplines to be more environmentally aware."

Mary Walsh
EHS Engineer


"Sustainability is a topic at the very core of business today and in AIBMS we will need to reduce our own carbon footprint and support our customers to do the same. We are delighted to partake in the Sustainability Pass, to help us all better understand this challenge and how we can Do More."

Hubert O'Donoghue
General Manager

Designed and delivered
in partnership with enterprise

Skillnet Climate Ready Academy has been designed following extensive consultation with businesses operating in a range of sectors. 20FIFTY Partners are Skillnet Ireland's delivery partners for this initiative. The company specialises in engaging with industry to design world class, innovative programmes delivered by experts and apply best practice methodologies centred on sustainability and the green economy.

Eligibility Criteria

The Climate Ready Academy is a fully funded upskilling initiative designed for owner-managers and leadership teams of private sector businesses across all industry sectors in Ireland.

Certain businesses are not eligible to participate in the Climate Ready Academy including:

  • Non-Commercial Public sector organisations
  • Charity or not-for-profit organisations
  • Businesses based outside the Republic of Ireland
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Eligibility Criteria

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