EPA TREE Tool for Resource Efficiency

The Clean Technology Centre has developed an online resource efficiency tool for businesses, with support from the EPA.

It is very challenging to convert interest on the part of micro and small businesses into active participation with regard to improved environmental performance. Timing, staff availability, financial support – these are all limiters to action. And, since the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020, the active visiting of companies by consultants and advisors is limited, which means that the companies themselves have to measure their impacts themselves.

The EPA TREE Tool for Resource Efficiency facilities such an environmental self-assessment. The data the companies enter into the TREE  is private and use of the tool is free. The TREE can get to a wide audience at low cost and can be completed quickly by the companies. This raises awareness of the issues of concern. The TREE is especially useful since the Green Business Programme ended.

The tool was developed for the purpose of providing remote assistance to small and medium sized businesses. In recent years, CTC has assisted local business groups to review resource efficiency/environmental management in clusters in Irish towns including Kenmare, Cashel, Drogheda and Belturbet.

The TREE asks a number of questions of companies about their environmental impact while at the same time forcing them to examine their actions and impacts relating to Energy, Water, Waste and Environmental Management.

Businesses who complete the tool receive a resource efficiency score and an Action Plan sent by email. This score is further broken down into scores for Energy, Water, Waste and Environmental Management. The score can be used as environmental metrics for the business at the start of a process of improvement. This step can be repeated at the end of the actions to allow for a comparison of scores pre and post project.

The TREE identifies areas which are of most concern to the business and recommends potential opportunities.

The TREE is available online here.

Key details

Project Name

EPA TREE Tool for Resource Efficiency


Environmental Protection Agency





Main features

Development of an online tool for Resource Efficiency in Businesses

Contact Details

Senior Environmental Consultant
James Hogan
Senior Environmental Consultant
James is a Senior Environmental Consultant and programme manager at CTC for over 24 years. He has a wide expertise in environmental management systems, resource efficiency, carbon management, sustainability and greening SMEs in Ireland and abroad. James has managed a number of national resource efficiency programmes including the Green Business Programme, the Green Hospitality Programme, Green Healthcare Programme and the Savour Food Programme. James is an experienced trainer on the subject of resource efficiency and has hosted close to 100 seminars for businesses on environmental sustainability and cost management.