Energy efficient OmniSwitches qualify for Ireland's ACA tax break


At a glance:
  • Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise network switches are approved by the Republic of Ireland's SEAI for energy efficiency – the 1st enterprise network vendor to do so
  • The Revenue Commissioner's ACA tax incentive allows businesses to cut their taxable income by 100% of the capital expenditure on eligible switching technology



Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise is leading the way in energy efficiency as the company's network switching technology qualifies for the Revenue Commissioners of Ireland Accelerated Capital Allowance (ACA). The ACA is designed to offer 'green' incentives to any company paying corporation tax in the Republic of Ireland by allowing them to cut their taxable income by the full cost of eligible equipment against their profit in the year of purchase.

Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise's ICT switching equipment consumes up to 50 per cent less power than that of other market leaders and almost its entire switching portfolio is eligible for the ACA and can now be found on SEAI's Triple E register – the benchmark register of best in class energy efficient products. Certified equipment includes the OmniSwitch 6900, 6860(E), 6850E, 6450 and 6250 switch families, a diverse range of local area networking equipment that allows businesses of various sizes and networking needs to benefit financially as part of the ACA.

The ACA is a tax incentive for companies paying corporation tax in Ireland and was first introduced by the Irish government in 2008 as a means to encourage companies to invest in energy saving technologies. While the ACA is sometimes better known for incentivizing energy efficient technology in such areas as heating, lighting or energy management systems, it also recognizes the considerable energy consumption of business IT networks and includes ICT equipment as part of the energy efficiency scheme.

Eamon Connaughton, Distribution Manager UK and Ireland, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise
“Forward-looking programmes such as the SEAI's play an important role in encouraging investment in energy efficient technology, as well as increasing the awareness of the differences in energy consumption between qualifying and non-qualifying networking equipment.”

“Rising energy costs, and shifts in public and government attitudes toward sustainability are making energy efficiency a priority for businesses that see energy-efficient equipment as a way to reduce their carbon footprint as well as reduce operating expenditure. The majority of Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise's switches qualify for the ACA and are in fact well below the Triple E threshold, and we are hoping to have the remaining switch in our portfolio approved very soon.”

“This is a great initiative for businesses to capitalise on industry leading networking technology with a cost saving incentive, not only on acquisition but also on the lifetime running costs of a modern ICT environment.”
About the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland's mission is to play a leading role in transforming Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. To fulfil this mission, SEAI aims to provide well-timed and informed advice to Government, and deliver a range of programmes efficiently and effectively, while engaging and motivating a wide range of stakeholders and showing continuing flexibility and innovation in all activities. SEAI's actions will help advance Ireland to the vanguard of the global green technology movement, so that Ireland is recognised as a pioneer in the move to decarbonized energy systems.