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Irish Climate Summit 2021

Climate Change
(Apr 6, 2021)

The Irish Climate Summit, taking place online on Thursday 29th April, comes at a pivotal juncture and will examine the latest ambitions, challenges and opportunities of Ireland’s response to the climate crisis.

 

Repak calls on the Irish public to continue recycling at home this Easter

Recycling
(Apr 6, 2021)

It’s a scenario that 72% of the Irish public didn’t anticipate, but this Easter was again celebrated in lockdown.

 

CRNI welcomes Our Rural Future’s circular ambition

Sustainability
(Apr 6, 2021)

CRNI has welcomed the holistic approach to the new Rural Development Plan - Our Rural Future - which ties together climate, social, circular economy and a wide range of other Government policies.

 

Nature's Web Newsletter – Spring 2021

Biodiversity
(Apr 6, 2021)

The Spring 2021 Issue of the Nature's Web Newsletter - an exciting newsletter for children - has been posted on the web.

 

SEAI Energy Show 2021

Energy
(Apr 6, 2021)

The SEAI Energy Show, Ireland's leading sustainable energy business event, returns on Wednesday, 28th and Thursday, 29th April 2021.

 

Electric Vehicle Grant Scheme to prioritise fully electric cars as part of drive to halve country’s carbon emissions by 2030

Transport
(Apr 6, 2021)

The Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland (SEAI) Electric Vehicle Purchase Scheme has been updated to support the most efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles on the market.

 

Mountains of plastic waste generated by hotel quarantine stay

Waste
(Apr 6, 2021)

A family in quarantine at a Dublin hotel has expressed shock at the “mountains” of waste plastic and paper that has built up in just one week of their stay.

 

Guess Hughie the Heinkel’s lap time round the national circuit of Mondello

Recycling
(Apr 6, 2021)

Do you know how long it would take to race a Heinkel round a racetrack? ELVES do - and they’re asking you to guess to be in with a chance to win a €100 One-4-All Gift Card.

 

Verde’s Dr. Gary Canny elected member in the Practising Category of The Academy of Experts

Corporate
(Apr 6, 2021)

Verde Environmental Consultants’ Dr. Gary Canny BSc PhD MCIWEM MAE has been elected as a Full member in the Practising Category of The Academy of Experts as an Environmental Consultant, specialising in the area of environmental contaminant issues such as site investigations, remediation, etc.

 

Older generation leave young peers on scrap-heap over recycling

Recycling
(Apr 6, 2021)

Young men and women are the worst at recycling small electrical items and hoard the most old batteries, a new survey shows.

 

Big brands flock to support new Festival of Circular Economy

Sustainability
(Apr 6, 2021)

A host of top brands, as well as high-profile speakers and organisations - including eBay, H&M, Microsoft and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation - have lent their support to the inaugural Festival of Circular Economy.

 

Draft Good Practice Principles for Community Benefit Funds from the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme published

Energy
(Apr 6, 2021)

The Programme for Government recognises the importance of community involvement in energy projects.

 

Irish Local Authorities advised to prepare for EUCF 2nd Call

Energy
(Apr 6, 2021)

Irish Local Authorities are being asked to prepare for the second call of the European City Facility initiative (EUCF) which will open later this month.

 

Deposit Return Scheme - Consultation on legislative framework and scope of the scheme

Recycling
(Apr 6, 2021)

The Programme for Government set out the Government’s commitment to introduce a Deposit and Return Scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles and aluminium cans.

 

10 ways to be sustainable this Easter

Sustainability
(Apr 6, 2021)

3cea (3 Counties Energy Agency) has pointed out 10 ways we can be more sustainable this Easter season.

 

Farm growth has come at expense of the environment

Water
(Apr 6, 2021)

EU regulations for farmers haven’t prevented water quality deterioration, and further action is required, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.


 

WEEKLY UPDATE - Recruuitment Notices
Corporate
(Apr 6, 2021)
Details of employment opportunities wanted or sought.

 

WEEKLY UPDATE - Local Authorities - Local Area / Development Plans
Infrastructure
(Apr 6, 2021)

WEEKLY UPDATE of local authorities' Local Area & Development Plans. These Plans, initially, are available for a period of public consultation.

 

WEEKLY UPDATE - Tenders
Tenders
(Apr 6, 2021)
WEEKLY UPDATE of list of current tenders in the relevant sectors.

 

More than 6,000 farmers opt out of GLAS

Agriculture
(Apr 6, 2021)

A total of 6,629 farmers opted out of the Government’s Green Low-Carbon Agri-Environment Scheme (GLAS) this year, it has emerged.

 

Payments close to €7,000 on cards for new 10ha environmental scheme

Agriculture
(Apr 6, 2021)

An average payment rate of €4,700 over 10ha has been proposed under a new agri-environmental pilot scheme - with potential for a maximum payment of just under €7,000, it has emerged.

 

So-called REPS Pilot is a sham and nothing like original REPS - IFA

Agriculture
(Apr 6, 2021)

IFA President Tim Cullinan said that the Department of Agriculture is now 'drip-feeding' out details of the much-hyped so-called ‘REPS-2’ Scheme which is a complete sham compared to the original Rural Environmental Protection Scheme (REPS).

 

Sustainable Food Systems Ireland (SFSI), an initiative to share Irish agri-food expertise internationally

Agriculture
(Apr 6, 2021)

Sustainable Food Systems Ireland (SFSI) is an initiative which offers Irish Government expertise in agri-food systems to international partners to strengthen their systems for food security, sustainability, productivity, and safety, on a commercial basis.

 

Smart Farming Report for 2020 shows potential for reduction in emissions of nearly 10% - IFA

Agriculture
(Apr 6, 2021)

Farmers that participated in Smart Farming in 2020 identified average cost savings of €5,600 and average greenhouse gas emission reductions of 9 per cent.

 

Environmental conservation key focus of Agri Aware Farm Walk and Talk with Teagasc Kildalton

Agriculture
(Apr 6, 2021)

Environmental conservation is the key focus of this year’s Agri Aware Farm Walk and Talk 2021 notes and video series, in conjunction with Teagasc and Kildalton Agricultural College.

 

Timely and simple actions key to protecting pollinators, says botanist

Biodiversity
(Apr 6, 2021)

A new all-Ireland pollinator plan is encouraging more people to “pledge their garden for pollinators” and create “pitstops for hungry bees right across our landscape”.

 

'Importing peat is a nonsense' - Just Transition Commissioner

Biodiversity
(Apr 6, 2021)

The Just Transition Commissioner is willing to help address escalating tensions on peat harvesting, turf cutting and bog rewetting.

 

Ireland’s first wildlife hospital appeals for help over injured animals

Biodiversity
(Apr 6, 2021)

Ireland’s first wildlife hospital has appealed for help as it prepares to expand its facility following an influx of injured and sick animals.

 

Minister Catherine Martin launches Creative Climate Action - a €2m fund for creative projects that will change our behaviour in relation to climate change

Climate Change
(Apr 6, 2021)

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD has launched Creative Climate Action on behalf of the Creative Ireland Programme in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.

 

Irish tech companies raised over €1bn in funding for the first time in 2020

Corporate
(Apr 6, 2021)

Irish tech funding reached a new high of €1.19 billion last year with a record number of 264 companies raising investments, new figures from TechIreland show.

 

New report from MaREI Centre shows how Climate Bill can be delivered

Energy
(Apr 6, 2021)

A new report says a Net-Zero Energy System for Ireland is possible by 2050, cost-effective and has the potential to create more than 50,000 jobs.

 

Electric Ireland reassures customers with an electricity and gas prize freeze

Energy
(Apr 6, 2021)

Electric Ireland has reassured its 1.1 million residential customers that its electricity and gas prices are to remain the same at this time.

 

EirGrid confirms Celtic Interconnector cable route following review

Energy
(Apr 6, 2021)

EirGrid has confirmed the route for the cable for the Celtic Interconnector following a review that was conducted after concerns were expressed by some local residents.

 

Committing to Ireland’s net-zero transition

Energy
(Apr 6, 2021)

Since entering the Irish energy market in 2008, SSE has invested significantly to grow its business here, making a total contribution of €3.8 billion to Ireland’s economy over the past five years.

 

Powering Ireland’s green energy revolution with new technologies

Energy
(Apr 6, 2021)

Technology is helping to power green energy generation, but consumers are the ones with their fingers on the switch.

 

Tipperary wind farm acquired by Greencoat

Energy
(Apr 6, 2021)

Renewable infrastructure company Greencoat has acquired the Glencarbry wind farm from the John Laing Group.

 

Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2021

Infrastructure
(Apr 6, 2021)

Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, TD, has announced that 477 heritage projects across every county in the country will benefit from a total of €3m under this year’s Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS).

 

Minister O’Brien welcomes phased reopening of construction

Infrastructure
(Apr 6, 2021)

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD has welcomed the announcement of the phased reopening of construction set to begin on April 12th.

 

Ministers McConalogue, Hackett and Heydon welcome the publication of ‘Our Rural Future - Rural Development Policy 2021-2025’

Infrastructure
(Apr 6, 2021)

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD together with Ministers of State, Senator Pippa Hackett and Minister Martin Heydon TD, have welcomed the launch of ‘Our Rural Future - Rural Development Policy 2021 -2025’.

 

Surge in sea swimmers may prompt more water testing

Marine
(Apr 6, 2021)

The surge in year-round sea swimming could lead to an extended official bathing season and swimmers conducting their own water-quality tests.

 

Teagasc Forestry e-NEWS

Other News / Forestry
(Apr 6, 2021)

The latest issue of Teagasc Forestry e-NEWS is now available online.

 

Big corporations urging SMEs to measure their sustainability

Sustainability
(Apr 6, 2021)

Small firms are increasingly seeking to measure their sustainability performance and are feeding their findings into the climate action reports of the large corporations to whom they supply goods and services.

 

The Sustainability Revolution

Sustainability
(Apr 6, 2021)

Business in the Community Ireland have announced their new virtual conference series - The Sustainability Revolution - which will take place from Monday 4th to Friday 8th of October 2021.

 

Smart Scooters to create 20 jobs following investment

Transport
(Apr 6, 2021)

Smart Scooters, an Irish e-scooter sharing platform, is creating 20 new jobs following a six-figure investment in its Dublin-based operation. The start-up company currently employs eight people.

 

Citi-backed e-scooter firm plans Irish launch

Transport
(Apr 6, 2021)

Superpedestrian, an e-scooter company that uses AI to identify defects in its vehicles, has begun hiring staff for a launch of its e-scooter sharing services in Ireland.

 

Minister Ryan launches Public Consultation on the National Investment Framework for Transport in Ireland

Transport
(Apr 6, 2021)

Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan TD has published the draft National Investment Framework for Transport in Ireland which sets out the Department of Transport’s new long-term strategy for investing in land transport.

 

Traffic volumes fall last week after rising over last three months

Transport
(Apr 6, 2021)

Traffic volumes on the State’s main roads fell significantly last week after rising over the last three months and particularly since the partial reopening of schools at the start of March.

 

Veolia Ireland Earns Intel’s 2020 Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) Award

Waste
(Apr 6, 2021)

Veolia Ireland is proud to announce that it has earned the Intel Preferred Quality Supplier (PQS) Award for 2020. Through its dedication to continuous quality improvement, Veolia has achieved a level of performance that consistently exceeds Intel’s expectations.

 

Upgrades to improve water supply and reduce leakage in Galway City

Water
(Apr 6, 2021)

Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway City Council is continuing works to replace approximately 120 metres of problematic, old watermains on the Old Dublin Road near the Moneenageisha Junction that were prone to frequent bursts and leakage and caused water supply disruptions for customers in the area.

 

Upgrades to improve water supply in Falcarragh-Gortahork now complete

Water
(Apr 6, 2021)

Irish Water, working in partnership with Donegal County Council, has replaced approximately 7km of old problematic water mains throughout the Falcarragh-Gortahork area.

 

Pesticides detected in Lough Egish drinking water supply

Water
(Apr 6, 2021)

An exceedance for the pesticide 2,4-D has been detected in the public drinking water supply in Lough Egish, Co Monaghan, which serves Castleblaney, Rockcorry, Ballybay in addition to a large hinterland of the county.

 

Aviva launches climate transition fund for workplace pension schemes

Corporate
(Apr 6, 2021)

Aviva is plotting the launch of an actively-managed equity fund it says will invest in the shares of companies across the globe that are actively seeking to respond to the climate crisis and build a lower carbon economy, it announced last week.

 

EU experts note nuclear power qualifies for green investment label: leaked document

Energy
(Apr 6, 2021)

Experts tasked with assessing whether the European Union should label nuclear power as a green investment are to say that the fuel qualifies as sustainable, according to a leaked document.

 

Net-zero economy only possible if nations come together, IEA summit hears

Energy
(Apr 6, 2021)

Forcing countries to decarbonise in response to the climate crisis is not the way to go, according to the US government’s climate envoy John Kerry.

 

Commission launches public consultation on decarbonising the EU gas market

Energy
(Apr 6, 2021)

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the revision of the Gas Directive and Gas Regulation.

 

Commission launches a public consultation on the revision of the Directive on the energy performance of buildings

Infrastructure
(Apr 6, 2021)

The European Commission has opened a public consultation on the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

 

Sharp increase in destruction of world’s forests last year

Other News / Forestry
(Apr 6, 2021)

Destruction of the world’s forests increased last year even as pandemic shutdowns curbed economic growth, adding more pressure on nations and businesses trying to cut carbon emissions.

 

Recycling drastically reduces dependence on imported electric vehicle battery materials

Recycling
(Apr 6, 2021)

Much of Europe’s raw material needs for electric vehicle (EV) batteries can come from recycled batteries, a new T&E study shows.

 

Heineken turns million of pub pints into green energy

Recycling
(Apr 6, 2021)

A year ago, speaking at a Downing Street press briefing, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that pubs were to be shut due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

Study examines how to turn old wind turbine blades into circular economy gold

Recycling
(Apr 6, 2021)

The UK government should work with businesses in the wind energy sector to bring about increased investment and support the development of wind turbine blade recycling capacity.

 

The future is bright. The future is LIFE

Sustainability
(Apr 6, 2021)

Since 1992, the LIFE programme has helped around 5,500 projects flourish across the EU and in third countries. The following is a preview of the new-look EU fund for environment and climate action, which will run until 2027.

 

Aldi removes plastic straws from all own-label drinks cartons

Sustainability
(Apr 6, 2021)

Aldi has removed plastic straws from all own-label drinks cartons. Instead, all of these drinks now come with a paper straw that’s fully recyclable and made from FSC-certified cardboard.

 

Co-op to ban peat-based compost from stores to help 'prune' emissions

Sustainability
(Apr 6, 2021)

The Co-op has announced that it is to stop selling peat-based compost and begin rolling out specially-formulated, environmentally-friendly alternatives across its 1,100 UK stores and forecourts, in a bid to help "grow a culture of more sustainable gardening".

 

One fifth of the world’s largest companies have set net zero targets

Sustainability
(Apr 6, 2021)

According to a new report by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) and Oxford Net Zero, 21% of the world’s 2,000 largest public companies now have net zero commitments.

 

Recipe tips and advice could help reduce household food waste by a third

Waste
(Apr 6, 2021)

Setting aside just one day a week to make a meal using solely ingredients already present in the kitchen could slash household food waste by a third, a new study has found - indicating that encouraging small behavioural changes can make significant inroads into shrinking the world's food waste mountain.

 

 

 

 

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