Earth Day 2024- The business of climate action

April 02, 2024


As Earth Day 2024 approaches on 22 April, the global call to action for environmental sustainability grows louder than ever. In a world increasingly conscious of its ecological footprint, businesses and employees alike are recognising the importance of their role in preserving our planet for future generations.


Since the 1970s, Earth Day serves as a reminder of the interconnectedness of humanity and the natural world, emphasising the importance of collective action in safeguarding the planet's ecosystems and biodiversity. It provides a platform for individuals, communities, businesses, and governments to unite in pursuit of environmental stewardship and sustainable development.

Here are some meaningful ways to contribute:

Develop a climate action strategy: All businesses, regardless of size and sector, have a role to play in combatting climate change. The challenge is knowing where to start and what information to trust. We know that many businesses struggle to navigate the jargon, the multiple climate standards, policy initiatives, target setting frameworks and commercial offerings. Ibec’s new Climate Action Toolkit gives businesses the essential information they need to begin their climate action journey. Check out more on the toolkit below.

Implement Sustainable Practices: Lead by example by integrating sustainable practices into your business operations. From reducing energy consumption to minimising waste and adopting eco-friendly packaging, there are numerous ways to lessen your company's environmental impact.

Promote Eco-Friendly Products and Services: Offer products and services that prioritize sustainability, whether it's using recycled materials, promoting reusable alternatives, or supporting eco-conscious suppliers.

Support Environmental Initiatives: Partner with environmental organisations or launch your own initiatives aimed at conservation, reforestation, or marine protection. Engage employees in volunteer opportunities that allow them to give back to their communities while making a positive impact on the planet.

Educate and Empower Employees: Foster a culture of environmental awareness within your organisation by providing educational resources, hosting workshops, and encouraging employee-led sustainability initiatives.

Commuting: Reduce your carbon footprint by carpooling, biking, walking, or using public transportation to commute to work.

Conserve Energy: This one is a popular practice on Earth Day! Highlight energy conservation habits such as turning off lights and electronics when not in use, unplugging chargers, and using energy-efficient appliances both at home and in the workplace.

As we celebrate Earth Day 2024, let us remember that the collective actions of businesses and individuals can make a profound difference in preserving the planet we call home. By working together towards a more sustainable future, we can ensure that generations to come inherit a world that is thriving, vibrant, and teeming with life.

The Climate Action Toolkit:

Ibec is aware that sustainability will play a pivotal role in the long-term competitiveness of Irish businesses. Last year, in collaboration with Accenture, Ibec launched the resource ‘Climate Action: A toolkit for businesses. 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. You can access the toolkit and further information here

For more information on the climate action toolkit and Ibec's ESG policies, contact Conor Minogue, Senior Executive, Infrastructure, Energy and Climate Policy. 

Conor Gibbons

Executive, Ibec Networks