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An Introduction to Clean Hydrogen

Energy
(Aug 30, 2021)

Supported by the Renewable Energy Association, Green Institute will hold an online course - 'An Introduction to Clean Hydrogen' - on 14th, 15th & 16th September 2021.

 

Circular Economy Leaders Programme

Sustainability
(Aug 30, 2021)

Antaris have announced that they will be developing and delivering a new Circular Economy Leaders programme.

 

ELVES F-GAS TRAINING - second round of training to commence

Recycling
(Aug 30, 2021)

In April 2021, ELVES launched its F-Gas Training pilot project to provide Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) certified training to ATFs in its Network.

 

Know Your NO2: Become a Citizen Scientist and measure air pollution in Dublin

Emissions
(Aug 30, 2021)

If you are interested in helping the EPA and An Taisce, you can get more information and also register to participate on the Clean Air Together project website.

 

Cré Online Festival 2021 - Book your place today

Recycling
(Aug 30, 2021)

This year the annual Cré Conference (21st, 22nd, 23rd September) will again be hosted as an online event of 2-hour sessions each day - enabling you the flexibility to pick the sessions that interest you most.

 

SEAI Energy Awards - Shortlist

Energy
(Aug 30, 2021)

Now in their 18th year, the SEAI Energy Awards reward those individuals and organisations who really push the boundaries in energy efficiency best practice, innovative renewables, awareness raising and inspiring others.

 

WEEE Ireland supporting new forum paper on issues with PV panels & compliance with EPR legislation

Recycling
(Aug 30, 2021)

WEEE Ireland is supporting a new paper from its colleagues in the European WEEE Forum which highlights compliance challenges for Photovoltaic (PV) panels which require end of life solutions and financial guarantees to be put in place as part of environmental Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) obligations.

 

The Fight to Reduce Food Waste

Waste
(Aug 30, 2021)

Keelin Tobin from the Savour Food Programme wrote a blog for The Chef Network in which she outlines her experiences working in the area of food waste in Ireland.

 

Use of coal to fill power shortfall an embarrassment and red flag

Energy
(Aug 30, 2021)

It must be a source of some embarrassment to the Greens in government that last month, shortly before the International Panel on Climate Change warned of a looming crisis, the Republic had to increase its reliance on coal to provide electricity.

 

Government on Shannon LNG plant not straightforward decision

Energy
(Aug 30, 2021)

Shannon LNG’s plans for a €650 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal, 600-megawatt electricity plant and battery storage at Ballylongford, Co Kerry will meet opposition on several fronts.

 

What really happens to your paper, plastic, and metal recycling

Recycling
(Aug 30, 2021)

As a climate solutions company, Bord na Móna is helping to deliver a greener future for Ireland. One of the primary ways it is doing that is through recycling.

 

Shannon LNG to seek approval to build €650m gas plant in Kerry

Energy
(Aug 30, 2021)

US-backed Shannon LNG is to seek An Bord Pleanála’s permission to build a €650 million liquefied natural gas plant and power station in Co Kerry.

 

EPA Research - Fast-track to Policy Funding Scheme: 2 Calls now open (closing on 6th September 2021 at 17:00 GMT)

Other News - R&D
(Aug 30, 2021)

Two calls for research proposals are now open under the new EPA Research Fast-track to Policy Funding Scheme.

 

Irish Natural Capital for Sustainable Environments (INCASE) Project - Summer Newsletter

Biodiversity
(Aug 30, 2021)

The Summer Newsletter for the Irish Natural Capital Accounting for Sustainable Environments (INCASE) is now available online.

 

3cea announce new H4.0E Ambassador

Energy
(Aug 30, 2021)

Three Counties Energy Agency (3cea) have announced their new H4.0E Ambassador, Marion Jammet from the Irish Green Building Council.


 

WEEKLY UPDATE - Recruuitment Notices
Corporate
(Aug 30, 2021)
Details of employment opportunities wanted or sought.

 

WEEKLY UPDATE - Local Authorities - Local Area / Development Plans
Infrastructure
(Aug 30, 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
(Aug 30, 2021)
WEEKLY UPDATE of list of current tenders in the relevant sectors.

 

IFA Livestock Committee slams Minister’s CAP proposals

Agriculture
(Aug 30, 2021)

The IFA Livestock Committee has strongly criticised the proposals put forward for suckler and beef farmers in the Department of Agriculture’s CAP consultation document.

 

Free webinar on biodiversity and your business with Sustainable Travel Ireland

Biodiversity
(Aug 30, 2021)

Did you know that bumble bees avoid freezing to death by producing glycerol, which acts as antifreeze, and prevents the water in their bodies from turning into ice crystals?

 

Investors still have thirst for Big Oil amid climate woes

Corporate
(Aug 30, 2021)

Europe’s oil stocks may not be the most obvious picks in a climate-conscious world, but some investors can’t get enough of them.

 

Finalists revealed for Excellence in Local Government Awards 2021

Corporate
(Aug 30, 2021)

Chambers Ireland, the representative group for Irish business, has released the shortlist for its Excellence in Local Government Awards 2021.

 

DECC - Annual Report 2020

Corporate
(Aug 30, 2021)

The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications publishes an annual report each year which sets out the Department’s activities in respect of the goals set out in its Statement of Strategy.

 

Irish environmental analytics business receives €3m investment

Emissions
(Aug 30, 2021)

Ambisense, an Irish environmental analytics business, has raised €3m in funding. The investment round was led by growth capital investor BGF.

 

Switching providers the only way to offset energy price hikes

Energy
(Aug 30, 2021)

The average annual household energy bill is likely to rise by around €300 due to a number of price hikes announced by providers in recent months.

 

Waterford councillor’s shock at 461 email objections to off-shore wind projects

Energy
(Aug 30, 2021)

Ireland's attitude towards renewable energy options has been questioned by a Waterford councillor, who admitted she was astonished by a tidal wave of objections to off-shore wind energy proposals.

 

Irish-Spanish joint venture plans to build ‘€6.5bn’ wind farms around Irish coast

Energy
(Aug 30, 2021)

An Irish-Spanish joint venture is planning three offshore electricity generating fields that will cost up to €6.5 billion on the basis of industry estimates.

 

Eli Lilly seeks permission to expand Ireland’s ‘largest solar farm’ to sustainably power its Kinsale plant

Energy
(Aug 30, 2021)

Eli Lilly, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies with a significant presence in Ireland, has applied for planning permission for a substantial expansion of “the country’s largest solar farm”.

 

ESB buys majority shareholding in UK energy retailer

Energy
(Aug 30, 2021)

ESB announced last week it has acquired a majority stake in UK energy supplier So Energy as it seeks to enhance its position in the UK retail market.

 

Cork wind energy firm pays out €16.6m dividend

Energy
(Aug 30, 2021)

Irish wind energy firm Evalair paid a €16.6m dividend to shareholders during its last financial year, newly-filed accounts for the business show.

 

Environmental group succeeds in challenge against Flood relief scheme in Co Roscommon

Infrastructure
(Aug 30, 2021)

An environmental protection group has succeeded in its High Court action aimed at halting works on a flood relief scheme in Co Roscommon.

 

Natural World Products gets €23.4m investment

Recycling
(Aug 30, 2021)

Natural World Products (NWP), the largest recycler of household organic waste in Ireland, has secured an investment of £20 million (€23.4 million) from MML Growth Capital Partners Ireland (MML) and asset manager 57 Stars.

 

Lidl says customers won’t foot the bill for its green push

Sustainability
(Aug 30, 2021)

Lidl says the range of initiatives to help it become carbon neutral by 2025 will come at a cost - however, it does not expect to pass those costs on to Irish consumers.

 

Rapid shift to evolving renewable energy technologies poses new waste challenge for Europe

Sustainability
(Aug 30, 2021)

A rapid transition to renewable energy is necessary if Europe is to achieve its climate objectives.

 

Gas Networks Ireland releases third sustainability report

Sustainability
(Aug 30, 2021)

Gas Networks Ireland exceeded the national Public Sector Energy Efficiency Target by 14% last year, delivering a 47% energy improvement across its offices and fleet according to its 2020 sustainability report released last week.

 

Gas Networks Ireland celebrates sustainability report with new Leave No Trace partnership

Sustainability
(Aug 30, 2021)

In a European first, Gas Networks Ireland has marked the launch of its 2020 sustainability report by partnering with environmental group - Leave No Trace Ireland - to help restore Glengarra Wood in Co. Tipperary as part of the international 'Hot Spot' programme.

 

Ireland takes next step in testing hydrogen buses in transport fleet

Transport
(Aug 30, 2021)

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD has welcomed the next stage in testing hydrogen buses as part of the Department of Transport’s Low Emission Bus Trial.

 

FoodCloud delivered 7.2 million meals

Waste
(Aug 30, 2021)

FoodCloud’s emergency response to the pandemic throughout 2020 saw the social enterprise distribute 77pc more food from its warehouse operations compared to 2019.

 

Essential works to safeguard supply for customers in Kildare and the GDA

Water
(Aug 30, 2021)

Irish Water, working in partnership with Kildare County Council, continues with essential works to safeguard the drinking water supply for homes and businesses in Kildare and the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) in accordance with current Government and HSE COVID-19 advice.

 

Minister urges farmers to help improve water quality with support from the Environmental Farming Scheme

Water
(Aug 30, 2021)

Northern Ireland Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Edwin Poots has reminded farmers of the importance of improving water quality on farms as he inspected buffer strips erected under EFS within the Upper Bann catchment on a farm in Katesbridge, County Down.

 

Climate change made Europe floods more likely - study

Climate Change
(Aug 30, 2021)

Climate change made the deadly floods that devastated parts of Germany and Belgium last month up to nine times more likely, according to an international study.

 

Joe Biden evokes New Deal with 'climate corps'

Climate Change
(Aug 30, 2021)

Last year was Europe's warmest on record by a large margin, the latest in an annual series of global climate reports shows.

 

Extinction Rebellion protesters target science museum over Shell sponsorship

Climate Change
(Aug 30, 2021)

Around 200 people gathered outside the Science Museum in London last weekendto protest against an oil giant sponsoring an exhibition about greenhouse gases.

 

2020 was Europe's hottest year on record - study

Climate Change
(Aug 30, 2021)

Last year was Europe's warmest on record by a large margin, the latest in an annual series of global climate reports shows.

 

Exchange for ethical investments gets off the ground with two listings

Corporate
(Aug 30, 2021)

A stock exchange hatched out of Silicon Valley that's taking on established rivals in New York and Chicago is listing its first two companies.

 

European Union as a whole stays within air pollutant emission limits in 2019

Emissions
(Aug 30, 2021)

The European Union (EU), as a whole, respected emission ceilings for four key pollutants in 2019, including nitrogen oxides, non-methane volatile organic compounds, sulphur dioxide and ammonia, according to a new European Environment Agency briefing.

 

Sheet glass produced with hydrogen at UK plant for first time

Energy
(Aug 30, 2021)

Sheet glass has been produced using hydrogen fuel at a plant near Liverpool, in an achievement that has been touted by developers as a world first and a major milestone in industrial manufacturing's transition towards net zero emissions.

 

Commission authorizes a French scheme of €5.7bn intended to support the production of electricity by small solar installations on buildings

Energy
(Aug 30, 2021)

The European Commission has cleared, under EU state aid rules, a €5.7 billion French aid scheme to support the production of renewable electricity by small solar installations installed on the roofs of buildings.

 

Tesco takes soft plastic packaging recycling points nationwide

Recycling
(Aug 30, 2021)

Tesco has announced a fresh effort to tackle soft plastic waste, confirming that all its large stores are to feature new plastic recycling collection points.

 

Nissan signs up to UN-backed Race to Zero

Sustainability
(Aug 30, 2021)

Japanese carmaker Nissan announced that it has joined the Race to Zero campaign, which is supported by the United Nations.

 

ZeroAvia taps Octopus Hydrogen to fuel zero carbon aircraft plans

Transport
(Aug 30, 2021)

Octopus is set to supply 100 per cent green hydrogen to fuel the development of zero emission, hydrogen-electric aircraft at ZeroAvia's research and development centre in the Cotswolds, as part of an agreement announced last week between the two firms.

 

Maersk sets course for greener shipping with order of eight carbon-neutral vessels

Transport
(Aug 30, 2021)

In a major step forward for the decarbonisation of shipping, Maersk has announced plans to purchase eight container vessels that can run on 'green' methanol and deliver goods for the growing number of firms around the world that have set net zero emission targets.

 

The great space clean-up

Waste
(Aug 30, 2021)

Hugely important for areas such as telecommunications, national security and space science, activity in our orbital sector is rocketing, but it comes at a price - junk.

 

UK government to consult on further plastic bans

Waste
(Aug 30, 2021)

The UK government is to consult on banning single use plates, cutlery and polystyrene cups in England this autumn, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced last week.

 

Household food waste rising as restrictions relaxed

Waste
(Aug 30, 2021)

The latest UK Food Trends Survey shows that self-reported food waste has rebounded to pre-lockdown levels as restrictions lift, and more food is potentially going to waste in UK homes as life returns to normal.

 

Apparel, finance, and fossil fuels ranked as most water-intensive and polluting sectors

Water
(Aug 30, 2021)

A first-of-its kind study of the water footprint of different industries has concluded that apparel, financial services, and fossil fuels are the sectors with the most acute impact on the world's water resources.

 

 

 

 

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