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Green Institute Free Webinar

Energy
(Mar 29, 2021)

The Green Institute will hold a Free Webinar - ‘Clean Hydrogen’ - on Thursday, 1st April, 2021 (13.00 to 13.30).

 

Electric ELVES training for ATFs now available online

Recycling
(Mar 29, 2021)

A challenge faced by every industry over the last year has been how to ensure its people are kept up to-date with the latest developments and training.

 

Government approves landmark Climate Bill putting Ireland on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050

Clmate Change
(Mar 29, 2021)

The Government has approved the final text of legislation to set Ireland on the path to net-Zero emissions no later than 2050, and to a 51% reduction in emissions by the end of this decade.

 

Light pollution: the easiest pollution to tackle

Emissions
(Mar 29, 2021)

Of all the forms of pollution that beset us, light pollution might be the easiest to tackle.

 

2021 Code of Practice for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems

Water
(Mar 29, 2021)

The 2021 Code of Practice for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (Population Equivalent ≤ 10) provides guidance on the site characterization, design, operation and maintenance of domestic waste water treatment systems.

 

Handy new tools to help you with the new EU energy labels

Energy
(Mar 29, 2021)

On 1 March 2021, dishwashers, washing machines, refrigerators, and electronic displays with ratings as A+, A++ or A+++, returned to a simpler A-G scale.

 

European report finds local authority housing standards 'inadequate'

Infrastructure
(Mar 29, 2021)

A human rights committee of the Council of Europe has found that local authority tenants in Ireland continue to live with inadequate housing standards.

 

Ireland can be model for green data centres

Sustainability
(Mar 29, 2021)

Data centres are not optional if we want to keep living the modern lives to which we have become accustomed, the boss of one of the country’s biggest data centre developers has said.

 

Eight local authorities launch Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor

Corporate
(Mar 29, 2021)

Eight local authorities from either side of the border came together last week to launch the Dublin Belfast Economic Corridor in response to challenges facing the region, which have been identified by a joint report from Dublin City University and Ulster University.

 

World’s top 60 banks pump $3.8tn into fossil fuels since Paris accord

Transport
(Mar 29, 2021)

The world’s largest 60 banks have pumped $3.8 trillion (€3.2tr) into the fossil fuel industry in the five years since the Paris climate accord, a new report has revealed.

 

Has the pandemic changed our transport habits forever?

Transport
(Mar 29, 2021)

With our journeys restricted to essential travel, most of us are sticking to our 5km radius during Level 5 lockdown.

 

Survey of top business executives reveals fears Covid-19 crisis could stall corporate climate action

Sustainability
(Mar 29, 2021)

A survey of hundreds of top business executives by consultancy giant Deloitte suggests the Covid-19 crisis could slow sustainability initiatives at companies around the world, despite climate change remaining a major concern within the overwhelming majority of organisations.

 

Statement of Strategy 2021-2023

Corporate
(Mar 29, 2021)

Le Chéile 23 is the Statement of Strategy for the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. It sets out the vision, mission and strategic goals for our Department over the next three years, 2021-2023.

 

Over 60 companies sign up to BITCI’s new Low Carbon Pledge

Sustainability
(Mar 29, 2021)

Over 60 of the largest companies in Ireland have publicly committed to set targets based on science by 2024. They are the first signatories of Business in the Community Ireland’s new Low Carbon Pledge.

 

IERC Annual Conference 2021: Post-pandemic charge towards our 2030 targets

Energy
(Mar 29, 2021)

The Annual IERC Conference will take place virtually on the mornings of 27th, 28th & 29th April 2021.

 

Launch of the new All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

Biodiversity
(Mar 29, 2021)

The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021-2025 was launched last week by Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD, together with Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform Malcolm Noonan TD and Minister of State for Forestry, Land Use and Biodiversity, Senator Pippa Hackett.

 

Biodiversity: Commission launches virtual Pollinator Park

Biodiversity
(Mar 29, 2021)

Pollinator Park is an interactive digital tool to raise awareness about the alarming decline of pollinators and mobilise global action to address it.

 

Should we reimagine our towns' public spaces after the pandemic ends?

Infrastructure
(Mar 29, 2021)

A pink primrose has taken on a whole new meaning in Italy, which experienced the highest death toll from Covid-19 in Europe last year.


 

Farming is part of the climate solution - IFA

Agriculture
(Mar 29, 2021)

Reacting to the publication of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021, IFA President Tim Cullinan said that while meeting the targets will be a challenge, farmers are ready to play their part.

 

Agriculture Ministers welcome Government approval of the Climate Action and Low Carbon (Amendment) Bill 2021

Agriculture
(Mar 29, 2021)

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Charlie McConalogue TD and Ministers of State Senator Pippa Hackett and Martin Heydon TD have welcomed Government approval of the Climate Action and Low Carbon (Amendment) Bill 2021.

 

Nitrates Derogation Applications 2021 – closing date extended

Agriculture
(Mar 29, 2021)

The Department of Agriculture, Food, & the Marine, has announced that the closing date for 2021 Nitrates Derogation applications is now extended to 14th April 2021.

 

Teagasc launches the Environment Edge Podcast

Agriculture
(Mar 29, 2021)

A new environment podcast was launched by Teagasc and adds to its existing suite of enterprise and research podcasts.

 

Bord na Móna under fire on rewetting, harvesting and turf cutting

Biodiversity
(Mar 29, 2021)

Pressure is mounting on Bord na Móna (BnM) to “explicitly state” that it will provide “written legal agreements” to farmers and landowners who could be affected by the semi-state company’s vast bog rewetting project.

 

Rewilding Irish landscape would bring big benefits ‘for nature and humans’

Biodiversity
(Mar 29, 2021)

Rewilding many parts of the Irish landscape is not anti-farming, and must be factored into national policies a lot more if the country’s “climate and biodiversity crisis” is to be addressed, according to wildlife expert Pádraic Fogarty.

 

Minister Hackett issues reminder on closing date for new Biodiversity Initiative applications Focus on Locally-Led Farm and Community Projects

Biodiversity
(Mar 29, 2021)

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett has reminded those interested in applying for funding under the Open Call for new locally-led farm and community biodiversity initiatives that the closing date for receipt of applications is next Wednesday, 31 March.

 

Revised climate Bill is a step forward but now comes the hard part

Clmate Change
(Mar 29, 2021)

The revised draft of the climate action Bill published by the Government last week week goes a long way to addressing weaknesses in a previous draft published last autumn.

 

Engineers Ireland welcomes Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021

Clmate Change
(Mar 29, 2021)

Engineers Ireland, the professional membership body for engineers in Ireland, has welcomed the revised Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021.

 

Bill tabled at Stormont to set 2045 target for net zero carbon emissions

Clmate Change
(Mar 29, 2021)

A bid to introduce climate change legislation in Northern Ireland has commenced its legislative journey at the Stormont Assembly.

 

Profits at Galway micro-tunnelling firm Ward and Burke hit €26m

Corporate
(Mar 29, 2021)

Projects with Irish Water and an opportunistic push into the Finnish market helped Galway-based micro-tunnelling group Ward and Burke deliver revenue at €278m last year, up €6m from 2019.

 

Third call for €175m Seed and Venture Capital Scheme

Corporate
(Mar 29, 2021)

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment has opened the third call for expressions of interest for venture fund managers seeking to secure investment under the €175m Seed and Venture Capital Scheme.

 

EcoOnline begins trading on Oslo exchange

Corporate
(Mar 29, 2021)

Environmental, health, safety and quality company EcoOnline has listed on the Euronext Growth Oslo as it seeks future growth.

 

Kingspan agrees €253m deal for Logstor

Corporate
(Mar 29, 2021)

Insulation and building materials manufacturer Kingspan has agreed a deal with Langley Co-Invest to buy 100% of the shares of Logstor International Holding for about €253m.

 

The European Commission appoints a new Head of Representation in Ireland

Corporate
(Mar 29, 2021)

Barbara Nolan has been appointed as Head of the European Commission's Representation in Dublin. In this function, she will act as the official representative of the European Commission in Ireland under the political authority of President Ursula von der Leyen.

 

Take some meaningful steps this Earth Hour

Energy
(Mar 29, 2021)

As millions of homes, communities and landmarks switched off lights to highlight global climate action on Earth Hour (27 March), SEAI is encouraging everyone to take a meaningful steps to change how we use energy long-term.

 

Taoiseach orders pylons review a day after Ryan seal of approval

Energy
(Mar 29, 2021)

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan says he believes the controversial North-South electricity interconnector must go ahead as planned, despite the Taoiseach ordering it be reviewed.

 

The future may be bright for solar power in Ireland despite ‘slow start’

Energy
(Mar 29, 2021)

There was a time solar energy was quickly put in the “will never happen in Ireland” category, but dozens of developments are set to come on stream in coming months.

 

Wind responsible for 51% of State’s electricity last month

Energy
(Mar 29, 2021)

Gas demand fell 3 per cent last month as strong wind generation outweighed demand increases from industrial users. However, demand for the year-to-date is up 5 per cent new figures show.

 

More than 500 communities are now part of SEAI’s Sustainable Energy Community Network

Energy
(Mar 29, 2021)

Five hundred communities are now part of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI’s) community energy network, leading the way in Ireland’s energy transition.

 

Broad support as Moore Street bill moves to Committee stage

Infrastructure
(Mar 29, 2021)

Legislation to regenerate the Moore Street area of Dublin City and create a cultural historical quarter has moved a step closer to being passed by the Oireachtas.

 

Green light for Ireland's tallest building on Cork's Custom House site

Infrastructure
(Mar 29, 2021)

Plans for a €140m regeneration of Cork’s landmark Custom House quays site, which includes Ireland’s tallest building, have been approved.

 

2,200 submissions for OPW Phoenix Park mobility plan

Infrastructure
(Mar 29, 2021)

A public consultation on a new mobility plan for Dublin's Phoenix Park has received around 2,200 submissions. The plan, drawn up by the Office of Public Works, would increase restrictions on cars and is supported by cycling groups.

 

The Northern Ireland Planning Statistics

Infrastructure
(Mar 29, 2021)

Provisional planning statistics for the third quarter of 2020/21 are now available.

 

Global risks in a COVID-19 world

Other News / Envtl. Risk
(Mar 29, 2021)

Climate change, human environmental damage and increasing inequalities due to the COVID-19 pandemic are amongst the top threats our world will face in the next ten years, according to the latest World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report.

 

Commission announces guidelines to identify how environmental damage needs to be prevented and remediated

Other News / Envtl. Risk
(Mar 29, 2021)

The European Commission has adopted guidelines which clarify the scope of the term 'environmental damage' in the Directive on environmental liability.

 

€95 billion European research and innovation programme launched

Other News / R&D
(Mar 29, 2021)

Horizon Europe, the European Union's new research and investment programme - the biggest programme ever undertaken in Europe - was launched last week.

 

Commission launches open access publication platform for scientific articles

Other News / R&D
(Mar 29, 2021)

The European Commission has launched Open Research Europe, a platform for publishing scientific articles that will be accessible to all.

 

Libraries join 'Grow it Yourself' scheme in health eating drive

Other News / H&S
(Mar 29, 2021)

Libraries across the country will be helping to get people to grow their own food at home as part of a new drive aimed at encouraging healthy eating.

 

Coillte welcomes National Tree Week

Other News / Forestry
(Mar 29, 2021)

A Coillte-commissioned RED C survey to celebrate National Tree Week, (March 21 - 28), reveals 88% - or nine out of ten - Irish adults like trees. They remind them of the beauty of nature and lift their spirits.

 

Amendments to the Petroleum and Other Minerals Development Act 1960

Other News / Nat. Resources
(Mar 29, 2021)

The Programme for Government (PfG) sets a clear pathway towards better practices and less reliance on fossil fuels across every sector of our society.

 

Calls to investigate littering following bog blaze

Waste
(Mar 29, 2021)

Indiscriminate dumpers of litter and rubbish have been blamed for a major bog fire which caused significant damage to land and a wildlife habitat near the town of Strokestown in Co Roscommon recently.

 

Poots welcomes packaging partnership to tackle plastic pollution

Waste
(Mar 29, 2021)

Northern Ireland Environment Minister Edwin Poots has welcomed a new partnership that will fund training places for packaging technologists in a drive to find more sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics.

 

Certification received to recognise commitment to employee safety

Water
(Mar 29, 2021)

Irish Water has successfully achieved certification to the ISO 45001-2018 internationally recognised standard for Occupational Health and Safety management systems.

 

Teams shortlisted for prestigious Water Industry Awards

Water
(Mar 29, 2021)

Irish Water has been shortlisted in six categories for the prestigious Water Industry Awards, which celebrate excellence across the water sector in Ireland and Britain.

 

Works progressing to upgrade Blessington Waste Water Treatment Plant

Water
(Mar 29, 2021)

Irish Water, working in partnership with Wicklow County Council, is progressing plans to upgrade Blessington Wastewater Treatment Plant to safeguard the environment and support social and economic development in the area.

 

Works progressing on upgrades to Mallow Wastewater Treatment Plant

Water
(Mar 29, 2021)

Irish Water has announced the signing of a new contract to upgrade Mallow wastewater treatment plant.

 

Factsheets launched to assist farmers maintain water quality

Water
(Mar 29, 2021)

Five factsheets to help farmers maintain and improve the quality of water bodies in Ireland, have been launched by Teagasc as part of the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP).

 

DAFM announces funding to support water quality in Group Water Schemes (GWS) Drinking Water Catchments

Water
(Mar 29, 2021)

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, TD, has announced funding of €500,000 to implement targeted drinking water source protection actions in group water scheme catchments as part of the National Federation of Group Water Schemes (NFGWS) source protection strategy.

 

Speculation mounts over plans for in-person Glasgow Summit

Climate Change
(Mar 29, 2021)

Speculation is mounting about whether parts of the forthcoming COP26 Climate Summit could be moved online, as Covid-19 cases continue to soar around the world just eight months out from the vital global meeting that the UK is set to co-host in Glasgow.

 

EU, China and Canada co-convene the 5th Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA)

Climate Change
(Mar 29, 2021)

Last week, EU Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Mr Huang Runqiu, China's Minister for Ecology and Environment, and Mr Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada's Minister for Environment and Climate Change, co-convened the 5th session of the Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA).

 

President von der Leyen, Executive Vice-Presidents Timmermans and Dombrovskis and Commissioner McGuiness take part in Investing in Climate Action event

Climate Change
(Mar 29, 2021)

The make-or-break decade for our planet has begun. In an event co-hosted with the European Investment Bank, the President and other College members discussed the steps to be taken between now and 2030 to avert the most devastating effects of climate change.

 

UK financial regulators required to consider climate change

Climate Change
(Mar 29, 2021)

The UK's principal financial regulators will be required to consider climate change, fully embedding green finance across the economy, the UK's Treasury announced last week.

 

UK's first consumer-owned wind farm secures green light and fresh funding

Energy
(Mar 29, 2021)

The UK's first ever consumer-owned wind farm is set to be built in Coedely, south Wales, after owner Ripple Energy announced it has received £1.1m in Welsh government funding in support of the project.

 

The Investment Plan for Europe supports the construction of a wind farm off the French coast

Energy
(Mar 29, 2021)

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is co-financing the construction of the wind farm located off Courseulles-sur-Mer in Normandy to the tune of 350 €million.

 

Green groups slam UK government’s refusal to rule out new North Sea oil and gas exploration

Other News / Nat. Resources
(Mar 29, 2021)

Environmental groups have responded angrily to the publication of the UK government and industry-backed North Sea Transition Deal, arguing the refusal to rule out the possibility of a new wave of oil and gas exploration licenses and the failure to set a target for ending fossil fuel extraction from UK waters amounted to "a colossal failure in climate leadership in the year of COP26".

 

No bottle deposit return scheme for most of UK until 2024 at earliest

Recycling
(Mar 29, 2021)

A promised deposit return scheme (DRS) for plastic bottles to cut marine pollution will not be in place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland until late 2024 at the earliest - six years after it was announced by the UK government as a key environmental policy.

 

A fair and inclusive circular transition through the EU Social Economy Action Plan

Sustainability
(Mar 29, 2021)

RREUSE is calling for an ambitious Social Economy Action Plan which intrinsically links the social and circular economies.

 

Managing resources sustainably is key to cutting UK greenhouse gases

Sustainability
(Mar 29, 2021)

With much of the debate ahead of the COP26 focused on the energy agenda and how to decarbonise energy supply and reduce demand, the authors of a new report - Net Zero: why resource efficiency holds the answers - warn that focusing exclusively on energy is only half of the solution to tackling climate change associated with carbon emissions.

 

Tesco launches climate change 'manifesto'

Sustainability
(Mar 29, 2021)

Tesco has launched a new climate change “manifesto” ahead of this year’s COP26 Summit in Glasgow.

 

Legal & General ties boardroom bonuses to expanded net zero goals

Sustainability
(Mar 29, 2021)

Legal & General has pledged to halve the carbon intensity of its entire £95bn proprietary investment portfolio by the end of the decade and link its climate targets to boardroom bonuses, as the pensions, insurance, property, and asset management giant released its climate progress report last week.

 

Waitrose bans children's magazines with 'excessive' plastic toy giveaways

Waste
(Mar 29, 2021)

Waitrose has announced it is to stop selling children's magazines that contain plastic disposable toys, in response to a campaign by a 10-year-old girl from Gwynedd, who launched a petition to persuade publishers to end the practice.

 

World Water Day

Water
(Mar 29, 2021)

Water is an essential ingredient in the sustainability of our planet, yet some 2.2 billion people do not have access to safe water. Valuing this crucial resource was the theme of this year’s World Water Day (22 March), and ISO has many standards that help do just that.

 


 
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