Ireland's antique dealers are looking for special tax status as a green business in next month's Budget.
Their low carbon footprint has led the Irish Antique Dealers Association (IADA) to seek an exemption from Vat for its business.
"The antique trade has one of the lowest environmental impacts of any industry," said Paul Brereton, president of the Irish Antique Dealers Association.
"An antique chair has a carbon footprint 16 times lower than a recently manufactured piece."
The association, which hosts Timeless, the 54th annual Irish Antique Dealers Fair, at the RDS Shelbourne Hall from tomorrow to Sunday, believes the business plays a special role in environmental protection.
In a pre-Budget letter to Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe, it has asked him to investigate removing the 13.5pc Vat rate from antiques, both at point of sale and during restoration.