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Report warns climate change is 'widespread, rapid'

Climate Change
(Aug 16, 2021)

Climate change is widespread, rapid and intensifying, according to an influential UN report released last week.

 

6 key takeaways from the new climate change report

Climate Change
(Aug 16, 2021)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report does not pull any punches when it comes to the crisis the world faces, writes Prof Peter Thorne, Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report.

 

Irish companies among worst for investing in climate-change measures

Climate Change
(Aug 16, 2021)

Irish companies are bottom of the table when it comes to investing in energy-efficiency measures, according to a major new study from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

 

The evidence is clear, global climate change means Ireland is warmer and wetter

Climate Change
(Aug 16, 2021)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Met Éireann (MÉ) and the Marine Institute (MI) have published a report on “The Status of Ireland’s Climate”.

 

Rising tide: Check whether your area will be impacted by surging sea levels

Climate Change
(Aug 16, 2021)

A new joint report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Met Éireann (MÉ) and the Marine Institute (MI) has found that global warming has resulted in Ireland’s climate becoming warmer and wetter, with 15 of the top 20 warmest years on record occurring since 1990.

 

Department to update schools on CO2 monitor deliveries

Emissions
(Aug 16, 2021)

Primary and secondary schools which are due to reopen within the next two to three weeks, will find out this week when they will receive CO₂ monitors.

 

Newly merged green energy company to create 80 new jobs

Energy
(Aug 16, 2021)

A newly merged green energy company has said it expects to create 80 new jobs over the next three years.

 

UK group pays €15m for stake in Cork’s Simply Blue

Energy
(Aug 16, 2021)

Cork-based offshore wind energy developer Simply Blue has received a €15m investment from UK-listed Octopus Renewables Infrastructure, giving it a 24pc stake in the Irish group.

 

European citizens' initiative: the Commission decides to register the "ReturnthePlastics" initiative concerning the recycling of plastic bottles

Recycling
(Aug 16, 2021)

The European Commission has decided to register a European citizens 'initiative called' ReturnthePlastics: a citizens 'initiative to set up an EU-wide deposit system for recycling plastic bottles'.

 

Green for go: Making sustainability work for business

Sustainability
(Aug 16, 2021)

As a market leader and one of the largest commercial LED Lighting manufacturers and suppliers in Europe, Verde Energy Group is best known for offering a wide range of lighting solutions using premium LED chip technology primarily for commercial purposes.

 

Sustainability Summit: Building a sustainable future for Irish businesses

Sustainability
(Aug 16, 2021)

The Business Show’s first of its kind, international Sustainability Summit is the first in an annual series of events aimed at bringing together the corporate, academic, non-profit and activist worlds to look at sustainability on a global scale.

 

Nestlé challenges consumers to help tackle sustainable palm oil challenge

Sustainability
(Aug 16, 2021)

Nestlé last week launched a new interactive tool designed to engage customers with the complex sustainability issues facing the palm oil supply chain.


 

Ursula von der Leyen: Irish farmers can 'lead the way' on climate transition

Agriculture
(Aug 16, 2021)

Ireland can “lead the way” in reducing agricultural emissions and climate-friendly farming, according to the European Commission president - as a major new report found “clear evidence” that the country is getting “warmer and wetter” due to climate change.

 

Bayer loses third appeals case over glyphosate weedkiller

Agriculture
(Aug 16, 2021)

Bayer has lost a third appeal against US court verdicts that awarded damages to customers blaming their cancers on use of its glyphosate-based weedkillers, leaving the German drugs and pesticides group to pin hopes for legal relief on the US Supreme Court.

 

Minister McConalogue re-iterates the importance of REAP deadlines

Agriculture
(Aug 16, 2021)

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, earlier this year opened a call for applications under the Results Based Environment Agri Pilot Project (REAP).

 

Ministers O’Brien and McConalogue launch public consultation on Ireland’s Draft Nitrates Action Programme

Agriculture
(Aug 16, 2021)

The Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD and the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD have announced the opening of public consultation in relation to Ireland’s Draft Nitrates Action Programme.

 

IPCC observations on impact of methane from cattle on global warming are a game changer - IFA

Agriculture
(Aug 16, 2021)

IFA Environment Chairman Paul O’Brien said last week’s IPCC report clearly confirms that biogenic methane from cattle should be accounted for differently as it only stays in the atmosphere for a relatively short period of time.

 

Irish farmers can play big part in climate action - IFA

Agriculture
(Aug 16, 2021)

Reacting to last week’s IPCC report, IFA President Tim Cullinan said Irish farmers can be a big part of climate action if supported.

 

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Annual Report 2020

Agriculture
(Aug 16, 2021)

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine produced its Annual Report 2020 as an overview of key developments in its work on behalf of Ireland’s agri-food sector.

 

Sustainable cattle production systems showcased

Agriculture
(Aug 16, 2021)

The British Ambassador to Ireland, Paul Johnston joined the IFA President Tim Cullinan for a visit to the Teagasc Animal and Grassland, Research and Innovation centre, Grange, County Meath last week.

 

Discovering the true ecological value of Ireland’s peatlands

Biodiversity
(Aug 16, 2021)

When ecologist Dr. Mark McCorry joined Bord na Móna 11 years ago, he was one of two new ecologists employed by the company.

 

Study finds potential control strategy for infestations of Japanese Knotweed

Biodiversity
(Aug 16, 2021)

A research study from NUI Galway in collaboration with multinational infrastructure consulting firm AECOM and University of Leeds has found that the removal of moisture could act as a potential control strategy for smaller infestations of Japanese knotweed, which are particularly common in urban settings.

 

EPA statement on the publication of the IPCC Working Group 1 report

Climate Change
(Aug 16, 2021)

The EPA has welcomed the publication of the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report reaffirms and strengthens the findings in previous reports on the human impacts on climate change.

 

Statement by Minister Eamon Ryan on IPCC report on Climate Change

Climate Change
(Aug 16, 2021)

"Today’s report by the IPCC is a stark reminder that we have limited time in which to act to prevent more devastating impacts from climate change.

 

Possible to limit global warming if drastic action is taken - Robinson

Climate Change
(Aug 16, 2021)

Former President Mary Robinson has said that it is still possible to limit global warming to 1.5C degrees, if drastic action is taken now.

 

Opportunities and returns in green investments

Corporate
(Aug 16, 2021)

The UN secretary general, António Guterres, has called for an end to new coal plants and fossil fuel exploration, and he urged governments, investors and businesses to focus their efforts on achieving a low carbon future, following the publication of the UN report on climate change.

 

Diligent acquires Limerick-based ESG software company Accuvio

Corporate
(Aug 16, 2021)

Diligent Corporation, the global leader in SaaS governance, risk and compliance (GRC), has announced that it has acquired Accuvio, a leading environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data aggregation and reporting software company.

 

Pandemic pushes profit at comparison site Bonkers to €1.1m

Corporate
(Aug 16, 2021)

Price comparison site Bonkers saw its profitability boosted last year as the Covid pandemic resulted in a shift in consumer behaviour and door-to-door selling that competes with the website was suspended.

 

Two-thirds of people say it is important to consider ESG factors before investing

Corporate
(Aug 16, 2021)

Workers are actively concerned that their pension savings should be invested in a way that respects environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, but not at any cost, according to a study from leading life and pensions group Aviva.

 

Nationwide smoky coal ban now unlikely before 2022 at the earliest

Emissions
(Aug 16, 2021)

The Government has been accused of "long fingering" the introduction of a nationwide smoky coal ban with it not now expected until next year at the earliest.

 

Cork City Council launches innovative air quality strategy

Emissions
(Aug 16, 2021)

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Colm Kelleher last week launched the Cork City Council 2021-2026 Air Quality Strategy at one of the two city centre locations where five ‘CityTrees’ have been installed.

 

Controversial ‘robot trees’ on Cork streets spark debate

Emissions
(Aug 16, 2021)

The installation of controversial ‘robot trees’ in Cork has sparked a lively debate.

 

Government criticised for approving plans to use gas-powered generators

Energy
(Aug 16, 2021)

The Government has been criticised for approving plans to use gas-powered generators to avoid power outages this winter.

 

Consultation opens on introduction of a Renewable Heat Obligation

Energy
(Aug 16, 2021)

The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications has opened a consultation to seek views from interested parties on the potential introduction of a new Renewable Heat Obligation.

 

Former Kinsale Head gas field assessed for hydrogen storage

Energy
(Aug 16, 2021)

The ESB has begun an evaluation of the depleted Kinsale Head gas field off the Cork coast to assess its potential to store large amounts of green hydrogen.

 

Fuel for poverty: A model for the relationship between income and fuel poverty

Energy
(Aug 16, 2021)

The inability of households to afford a warm home is a growing concern across the world.

 

Households increase their use of natural gas in 2020

Energy
(Aug 16, 2021)

There was a marked increase in domestic use of natural gas in 2020, while power plants account for well over half of gas used, in a further indication of the challenge ahead in removing our reliance on fossil fuels.

 

New low-cost, green mortgage on offer for improving home’s energy rating

Infrastructure
(Aug 16, 2021)

Homeowners who switch mortgages to raise funds to improve the energy rating of their house can now end up with lower monthly repayments. This is thanks to the entry of new low-cost, green mortgage rates in the market.

 

Minister Burke invites submissions on Draft Guidelines for Planning Authorities on Development Plans

Infrastructure
(Aug 16, 2021)

Mr. Peter Burke TD Minister of State with responsibility for Local Government and Planning has published Draft Guidelines for Planning Authorities on Development Plans for public consultation.

 

Environmentalists warn Clare data centre is a 'climate disaster waiting to happen'

Infrastructure
(Aug 16, 2021)

Environmental groups in Clare have vowed to vigorously fight plans for a €1.2bn data centre near Ennis which they claim is “a climate disaster waiting to happen”.

 

Carlow’s Stryve says it has been certified as ‘carbon neutral’

Sustainability
(Aug 16, 2021)

Carlow-based cyber security firm Stryve is now carbon neutral, despite having a “significant enough” data centre presence across Ireland and Europe.

 

What’s the state of play with Ireland’s electric-vehicle charging network?

Transport
(Aug 16, 2021)

How many electric car charging points are there in Ireland?

 

Traffic almost back to pre-pandemic levels

Transport
(Aug 16, 2021)

Car traffic has nearly caught up to levels before the pandemic, with petrol use showing a significant rise compared to the same period last year, latest figures have shown.

 

Zipp Mobility raises cash for escooter service

Transport
(Aug 16, 2021)

An escooter firm backed by Brian O’Driscoll and Barry Maloney has raised €1.3m as Ireland prepares to legalise the micromobility vehicles.

 

ESB sues cartel of truck manufacturers that supplied it with vehicles

Transport
(Aug 16, 2021)

ESB has launched legal action against four of the world’s biggest truck manufacturers over their involvement in price fixing that, ESB will allege, pushed up the cost of the distinctive yellow trucks in the semi-State company’s fleet.

 

New Regulations to compel the phase out of fossil fuel vehicles in public fleets

Transport
(Aug 16, 2021)

The Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan TD has welcomed new Regulations which give effect to the EU’s Clean Vehicle Directive.

 

Wicklow locals concerned at plan for six-million tonne landfill

Waste
(Aug 16, 2021)

A plan to locate one of the State’s largest landfills in a former quarry in east Co Wicklow has raised concerns among local residents and councillors.

 

Dublin group highlighting 'retro rubbish' problem

Waste
(Aug 16, 2021)

A group of volunteers in Dublin are cataloging items of 'retro rubbish' to highlight how some waste "never disappears".

 

Brazilians clean Dublin beach 'to give back'

Waste
(Aug 16, 2021)

A group of Brazilians in Dublin say regular beach cleans are their way of "giving back" to the community.

 

Upgrades to wastewater network in Omeath as part of SWELL project

Water
(Aug 16, 2021)

Irish Water, in partnership with NI Water, will commence construction works to upgrade the wastewater network in Omeath, Co Louth as part of a major cross-border project to improve water quality in Carlingford Lough and Lough Foyle.

 

Works progress to support future growth and development across Kildare

Water
(Aug 16, 2021)

Irish Water, working in partnership with Kildare County Council, continues to progress the delivery of the Upper Liffey Valley Sewerage Scheme to safeguard the environment and support economic and social development across Kildare.

 

Major operation to breakdown giant fatberg blocking sewers in central Belfast

Water
(Aug 16, 2021)

A major operation is set to get under way to breakdown a giant fatberg blocking sewers in central Belfast.

 

EU urges world's largest economies to set tougher climate change targets

Climate Change
(Aug 16, 2021)

A top European Union diplomat has called on the worlds largest economies to set tougher targets on climate change before the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November.

 

Australia rejects climate targets despite damning UN report

Climate Change
(Aug 16, 2021)

Australia's conservative prime minister rejected growing calls to adopt more ambitious emissions targets, insisting the country was doing enough to tackle climate change.

 

Climate-vulnerable island nations call on world to save 'our very future'

Climate Change
(Aug 16, 2021)

Dozens of small island states most vulnerable to the effects of climate change have called on the world to save "our very future" after a landmark UN report said accelerating global warming and rising sea levels threaten their existence.

 

Sky announces new show to bring climate message to young audiences

Climate Change
(Aug 16, 2021)

Sky Kids have announced a brand new Sky Original TV series Obki. The animated series will feature the original character Obki, a loveable alien, on his journey to be a positive force for good on Earth.

 

Scottish distillery using whisky waste to fuel lorries

Recycling
(Aug 16, 2021)

It has fuelled people for centuries, but now a distillery in northeast Scotland has found another use for whisky - to power lorries.

 

Plastic waste traceability software unveiled

Recycling
(Aug 16, 2021)

Sustainable supply chain software firm Circulor has unveiled its latest blockchain-enabled innovation, which is aimed at improving the traceability of hard-to-recycle-plastics, it announced last week.

 

Mitie publishes roadmap for building net zero estate

Sustainability
(Aug 16, 2021)

Facilities management giant Mitie has pledged its estate will deliver net zero emissions by 2025, after announcing a roadmap which includes replacing gas heating systems with heat pumps, increasing its sourcing of renewable electricity, and driving down overall energy usage across its estate.

 

EasyJet preps green uniforms for take-off

Sustainability
(Aug 16, 2021)

EasyJet last week debuted new uniforms for its cabin crew and pilots made from recycled plastic bottles, as the airline giant steps up efforts to reduce the environmental impact of its supply chain.

 

Orkney Islands to John O'Groats: Latest test flight for hybrid aircraft flies flag for sustainable air travel

Transport
(Aug 16, 2021)

The UK's first hybrid electric flight between the Orkney Islands and John O'Groats has offered a glimpse into a low emission future for regional air travel, after green aviation technology specialist Ampaire announced the successful completion of its latest test flights.

 

Biden White House eyes fossil-free aviation by 2050

Transport
(Aug 16, 2021)

US President Joe Biden's administration is quietly discussing a target date of 2050 for weaning aircraft off fossil fuels as part of its broader push to fight climate change, sources familiar with the matter said.

 

Dirty Dozen fuelling the UK’s packaging pollution crisis

Waste
(Aug 16, 2021)

Ocean conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage has published a major new report revealing how 12 companies are responsible for nearly two-thirds of all branded packaging pollution across the UK.

 


 
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