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No child will escape impact of climate change - UN report

Climate Change
(Aug 23, 2021)

The world's children cannot afford more empty promises at this year's United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), youth activists including Greta Thunberg have said, after a UN report found virtually no child will escape the impact of global warming.

 

Milestone reached for CRNI as further development of its ReMark quality mark funded by Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme (CEIGS)

Sustainability
(Aug 23, 2021)

CRNI is delighted to be awarded Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications’ Circular Economy Innovation Grant Scheme (CEIGS) funding to prepare their quality mark #ReMark for national roll out - which, CRNI believes can be a 'game changer' in Ireland’s #circulareconomy transition.

 

5 ways for schools and workplaces to improve ventilation

Emissions
(Aug 23, 2021)

Ventilation is a key factor for reducing the spread of Covid-19 in buildings and other enclosed spaces, e.g. vehicles.

 

Scientists reject IFA's 'pretty atrocious' methane claims

Climate Change
(Aug 23, 2021)

Climate scientists have vehemently denied claims from the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) that methane emissions from cattle are not as harmful to the atmosphere as previously thought.

 

The Amazon is fast approaching a point of no return

Climate Change
(Aug 23, 2021)

In April, lawmakers in the Brazilian state of Rondônia gathered for a hasty vote in a building that had sat largely empty for months. 

 

Ireland’s climate-change warriors: SEAI’s Walsh backs business in the battle for survival

Energy
(Aug 23, 2021)

As the world woke up to headlines declaring a “code red” for humanity after the publication of a UN report on climate change, William Walsh was ready to get on with the job of helping Ireland play its part in avoiding the crisis.

 

Bord na Móna heralds a new electric age of waste collection

Waste
(Aug 23, 2021)

Bord na Móna’s first electric Refuse Collection Vehicles (eRCV) have taken to the streets, collecting waste from households and businesses throughout Fingal. The new eRCV produces zero emissions and is powered by electricity generated from waste.

 

RSK - Celebrating one year of science-led Thursday webinars

Biodiversity
(Aug 23, 2021)

The First Thursday Club is a monthly scientific, specialist-led webinar that focuses on best practices relating to the natural environment and how these could affect RSK and external businesses.

 

Climate change the greatest global threat for Irish people, survey finds

Climate Change
(Aug 23, 2021)

Climate change has replaced poverty, hunger and the lack of drinking water as the single most serious problem facing the world for Irish people, according to the results of a new survey by the European Commission.

 

Three-quarters of people in G20 nations see climate, nature near tipping points

Climate Change
(Aug 23, 2021)

Three in four people living in the world’s 20 major economies believe nature and the Earth’s climate are approaching potentially abrupt or irreversible changes due to human action, according to a survey released last week.

 

Plan to stave off electricity blackouts this winter

Energy
(Aug 23, 2021)

Surging electricity demand - in turn combined with tight supplies - have sparked fears that power cuts could hit the Republic’s homes and businesses later this year or early in 2022.

 

Four industries represented as finalists for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Business Impact Award announced

Sustainability
(Aug 23, 2021)

Businesses from banking, retail, pharmacy and travel have been announced as the four finalists of the Outstanding Achievement in Sustainable Business Impact Award at the Sustainable Business Impact Awards 2021.


 

Why feeding cows on a little daily seaweed could save the earth

Agriculture
(Aug 23, 2021)

The clumps of red seaweed bubbling under the surface in glass flasks in a West Cork laboratory may not look like they could save the planet, but they could play a key role in cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Tillage sector is doing a lot of good for the environment, but we need more support, says Laois farmer

Agriculture
(Aug 23, 2021)

A couple of years ago, Laois farmer Clive Carter asked some local beekeepers if they would place some beehives on his farm.

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Farmer-led campaign Sustaining Ireland showcases the people behind the food

Agriculture
(Aug 23, 2021)

Agri Aware and IFA have launched a new campaign to raise awareness about the importance of Irish agriculture, the variety of sectors producing food in this country and the critical role it plays in the economy and society.

 

Ireland’s food sector could have huge competitive advantage through sustainability-focused partnership between Devenish and Teagasc

Agriculture
(Aug 23, 2021)

Ireland’s food and farming sector will have a significant competitive advantage in the global market place by creating one of the world’s most sustainable food systems through a unique collaboration between animal nutrition company Devenish and agriculture and food development authority Teagasc.

 

IFA launches pre-budget submission for fair & sustainable agri-food sector

Agriculture
(Aug 23, 2021)

Launching IFA’s pre-Budget submission, IFA President Tim Cullinan said it provides a blueprint for Government to follow if it genuinely wants to ensure the future viability of Ireland’s largest indigenous sector.

 

Kylemore Abbey and NUI Galway announce Biodiversity Stewardship Programme

Biodiversity
(Aug 23, 2021)

Kylemore Abbey and NUI Galway have come together to form a new partnership to deliver the Kylemore Abbey Biodiversity Stewardship Programme.

 

21 white-tailed eagle chicks released into the wild across Munster

Biodiversity
(Aug 23, 2021)

Twenty-one white-tailed sea eagle chicks have been released into the wild across Munster as part of the second phase of a programme to reintroduce the birds to the Irish ecosystem.

 

Launch of the CHERISH Project: Climate Change and Coastal Heritage Exhibition - Outside at Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown LexIcon Library, Moran Park

Climate Change
(Aug 23, 2021)

The CHERISH Project has announced the launch of The CHERISH Project: Climate Change and Coastal Heritage exhibition.

 

Wally the Walrus’s arrival shows the ‘shocking’ results of climate trends on Arctic species

Climate Change
(Aug 23, 2021)

Wally the Walrus is on the move again with marine observers hoping he will make his way north, back to his Arctic home. He has been spotted in Ireland, the UK, France and even Spain this year.

 

Brexit bureaucracy hammers growth - Grant Thornton report

Corporate
(Aug 23, 2021)

The impact of Brexit is continuing to affect the growth of Irish businesses, according to new research collected in Grant Thornton Ireland's International Business Report.

 

Kingspan posts record H1 profits on strong demand

Corporarte
(Aug 23, 2021)

Insulation and building materials manufacturer Kingspan has reported record first half profits, but said that cost inflation will persist until 2022.

 

FS007358 Statkraft North Irish Sea Array (NISA) Site Investigations for Export Cable Route

Energy
(Aug 23, 2021)

Statkraft Ireland Ltd. has applied to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage for a Foreshore Licence for site investigation surveys.

 

Dublin solar power developer signs €39m deal for renewables ahead of €500m fundraising plan

Energy
(Aug 23, 2021)

Dublin-headquartered solar power developer BNRG has signed a €39m deal with Paris-listed renewable energy business Neoen for three projects here, as it revealed plans to raise €500m in debt and equity over the next five years.

 

Bright Energy to increase electricity prices

Energy
(Aug 23, 2021)

Bright Energy is set to increase its standard residential energy prices by just short of 26% from 18 September.

 

Flogas announces price increases for residential customers

Energy
(Aug 23, 2021)

Flogas has become the latest energy supplier to announce an increase in prices for residential customers. There will be an 18% increase in the Flogas standard rate and standing charges for both natural gas and electricity from September 18.

 

SSE Renewables gives €1.1m to sports clubs

Energy
(Aug 23, 2021)

Energy group SSE Renewables says that it has given €1.1 million in funding o more than 400 sports clubs, local groups, schools and students in 2020/21.

 

How to sustainably heat your home

Energy
(Aug 23, 2021)

According to the Energy in the Residential Sector report by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the average household in Ireland already uses 7pc more energy than the EU average.

 

Social influence and economic interventions to motivate energy-saving - what works better?

Energy
(Aug 23, 2021)

Various governments are implementing policies that aim to stimulate energy-saving behaviour in households.

 

Microplastics found in 90% of protected Irish marine environments – study

Marine
(Aug 23, 2021)

Mircoplastics have been documented in over 90 per cent of Ireland’s protected marine environments in the first major study aimed at understanding the true extent of pollution around the entire coast.

 

Publication of Maritime Area Planning Bill 2021

Marine
(Aug 23, 2021)

The full text of the Maritime Area Planning Bill 2021 and accompanying Explanatory Memorandum were published last week.

 

Minister Noonan announces €2.2m INSTAR+ archaeological research programme in conjunction with the Irish Research Council and the Heritage Council

Other News / Heritage
(Aug 23, 2021)

Fittingly, during Heritage Week, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, has announced the establishment of a €2.2m archaeological research programme funded by the National Monuments Service, in partnership with the Heritage Council and administered by the Irish Research Council.

 

Can staycations drive a more sustainable Irish tourism industry?

Sustainability
(Aug 23, 2021)

The global tourism industry has experienced two major blows in the past 18 months - Brexit and Covid-19.

 

Check out CIRCULEIRE’s Summer 2021 Newsletter

Sustainability
(Aug 23, 2021)

CIRCULÉIRE is the first cross-sectoral industry-led innovation network dedicated to accelerating the net-zero carbon circular economy in Ireland.

 

Irish start-up Zeus Scooters expands to the Nordics

Transport
(Aug 23, 2021)

Irish electric scooter firm Zeus has launched its scooters in the city of Halmstad in Sweden, the 26th city it operates in since the company was first launched just a year ago.

 

Motorists show growing support for electric vehicles

Transport
(Aug 23, 2021)

Enthusiasm for electric vehicles (EVs) among consumers has grown massively in the past year, data from two separate reports show.

 

Wrightbus to create up to 300 permanent jobs in Ballymena

Transport
(Aug 23, 2021)

Bus manufacturer Wrightbus is to create up to 300 permanent jobs after winning a number of orders from Ireland and the UK, the firm has said.

 

Watchdog upholds complaint over 'misleading' Waterford council waste disposal ad

Waste
(Aug 23, 2021)

An advertisement which showed a man with an older car being laughed at by peers suggested it was “acceptable to apparently undermine someone based on their possessions”, the advertising watchdog has ruled.

 

Northern Ireland Carrier Bag Levy Annual Statistics 2020/21 released

Waste
(Aug 23, 2021)

Northern Ireland's Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has published the Northern Ireland carrier bag levy annual statistics for 2020/21.

 

'Very disappointing' - businesses face 100pc hike in their water bills

Water
(Aug 23, 2021)

Water charges for many businesses are set to double after the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) lifted its Covid-related suspension of new national rates.

 

The public are urged to ‘Think Before You Flush’ to safeguard our environment

Water
(Aug 23, 2021)

Irish Water and Clean Coasts are urging the public to continue to ‘Think Before You Flush’ as a recent survey has revealed that almost a million adults living in Ireland regularly flush wet wipes and other sanitary items down the toilet.

 

Tesco and WWF launch climate-friendly cattle feed scheme for dairy farmers

Agriculture
(Aug 23, 2021)

Tesco has teamed up with conservation group WWF to launch a new subsidy scheme designed to expand the market for sustainable cattle feed for dairy farmers, the supermarket giant revealed last week.

 

Stung by climate change: bee colonies struggle in US

Biodiversity
(Aug 23, 2021)

There was barely a buzz in the air as John Miller pried the lid off of a crate, one of several "bee boxes" stacked in eight neat piles beside a cattle grazing pasture outside Gackle, North Dakota.

 

Glenmorangie restores oyster reef to clean up distillery waste and store CO2

Biodiversity
(Aug 23, 2021)

A partnership between Glenmorangie Distillery and scientists from Heriot-Watt University has succeeded in returning 20,000 oysters to Dornoch Firth, on the north eastern coast of Scotland, as part of a conservation project to restore the region's sustainable native oyster reef.

 

Rain falls at Greenland ice summit for first time on record

Cliumate Changfe
(Aug 23, 2021)

Rain fell at the highest point on the Greenland ice sheet last week for the first time on record, scientists said. It is another worrying sign of warming for the ice sheet already melting at an increasing rate.

 

Swedes make green breakthrough - company becomes first to produce steel without coal

Sustainability
(Aug 23, 2021)

Swedish green steel venture HYBRIT has announced that it had made the world’s first customer delivery of steel produced without using coal as it looks to revolutionise an industry that accounts for around 8pc of global greenhouse gas emissions.

 

DS Smith to explore seaweed as sustainable packaging material

Sustainability
(Aug 23, 2021)

Seaweed could soon be harvested to make packaging, with the fibre having been earmarked as a potential sustainable alternative to conventional wood and paper material by global packaging company DS Smith.

 

Apple postpones office return to at least January - report

Corporate
(Aug 23, 2021)

Apple is delaying its return to corporate offices to January at the earliest because of surging Covid-19 cases and new variants, Bloomberg News reported last week, citing a staff memo.

 

Samsung unveils 2025 sustainability commitments for ‘tangible climate action’

Sustainability
(Aug 23, 2021)

Samsung Electronics has unveiled Galaxy for the Planet, the sustainability platform for its Mobile Communications Business, which will aim to take tangible climate actions across its business.

 

Latest IPCC report calls for action on climate

Climate Change
(Aug 23, 2021)

The future looks bleak if drastic action is not taken to mitigate climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading global authority on climate science.

 

Solar power supply in EU hits record high

Energy
(Aug 23, 2021)

Solar power supply in the European Union during June and July rose to a record high in 2021, accounting for 10% of total electricity produced in the region, according to a report by independent climate think-tank Ember.

 

US Senate approves $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill in historic vote

Infrastructure
(Aug 23, 2021)

The US Senate voted 69-30 last week to approve a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill - a historic piece of legislation that could reshape American lives for decades.

 

Investing in a better future

Sustainability
(Aug 23, 2021)

Mitigating climate change impacts and reaching carbon-zero goals and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals requires not only the will, but the money - lots of it.

 

Aldi introduces fridge doors to reduce energy consumption

Sustainability
(Aug 23, 2021)

Aldi is to save the equivalent of over 2,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year by installing fridge doors as standard in its new and newly refurbished stores.

 

Toyota and Volkswagen to cuts output amid computer chip crunch

Transport
(Aug 23, 2021)

Toyota said it will slash global production for September by 40% from its previous plan, becoming the last major automaker to cut output due to a global chip crunch, but it maintained its annual sales and production targets.

 

Maersk secures green e-methanol for the world’s first container vessel operating on carbon neutral fuel

Transport
(Aug 23, 2021)

Shipping giant Maersk has inked a deal with Danish renewable energy firm European Energy for the supply of low carbon methanol to fuel its first 'carbon-neutral' vessel, which aims to set sail in 2023.

 

Facebook pledges to become 'water positive' by 2030

Water
(Aug 23, 2021)

Facebook has pledged to become a "water positive" company by 2030, committing the social media and tech giant to returning more water to the environment than is consumed by its global operations by the end of the decade.

 


 
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