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Transport Ireland 2021

Transport
(May 10, 2021)

The 2021 Transport Ireland Conference, now in its fourteenth year, is taking place online on Thursday 24th June.

 

Jobs & Skills in the Circular Economy: CRNI Biennial Conference

Sustainability
(May 10, 2021)

Community Resources Network of Ireland (CRNI) will hold its online biennial conference on 2 - 3 June 2021 (2 - 4pm each day) on 'Jobs and Skills for a Circular Economy: Transforming momentum into social value and local jobs in reuse, repair & recycling'.

 

Cré - Institute of Technology Sligo: Certificate in Compost Facility Operation

Recycling
(May 10, 2021)

The course will take place completely online with virtual site tours. In 2022, Cré will organise an optional 2-day tour of composting sites for everyone on the course.

 

Taoiseach says Government welcomes the launch of the Cré’s Certification Scheme for Compostable Packaging

Recycling
(May 10, 2021)

The Cré Compostable Certification Scheme is the only Irish scheme providing third party independent assessment that packaging is compostable in Ireland and is accepted in food waste bins (brown bins).

 

Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford & Waterford communities pioneer climate action in the South East

Sustainability
(May 10, 2021)

3 Counties Energy Agency (3cea) has welcomed the Government’s announcement on Tuesday, 23rd March to approve a revised Climate Action Bill, which includes specific targets on reducing carbon emissions over the next 30 years.

 

Is your workplace ready for a hybrid future?

Corporate
(May 10, 2021)

So much is unknown about how the pandemic will play out, but one thing is certain - the workplace we left in 2020 will not be the same as the one we return to in 2021.

 

Wexford County Council achieves the ISO 50001 standard for Energy Management

Energy
(May 10, 2021)

Councillor Ger Carthy, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council has formally announced that Wexford County Council, supported by 3 Counties Energy Agency has achieved the globally recognised international energy management standard, ISO 50001, becoming more advanced in optimising their energy efficiency.

 

Minister says good environmental planning practice essential for all marine projects

Energy
(May 10, 2021)

Ireland’s rollout of large-scale offshore wind must be seen as “a shared societal project, rather than a developer-led project”, environmentalist Oisín Coghlan has warned.

 

Additional litter funding allocated to ‘clean up our act’

Waste
(May 10, 2021)

€5m in additional funding for litter infrastructure and awareness campaigns to encourage people to dispose of their rubbish legally, has been announced.

 

Summer of outdoor socialising: Extra litter staff and public toilets to tackle pandemic gatherings

Waste
(May 10, 2021)

Councils across the country say they’re gearing up to tackle litterbugs, with many announcing plans for more bins and additional staff to deal with the issue.

 

Save while saving the planet: how to be eco-friendly at home

Sustainability
(May 10, 2021)

Not many of us are prepared to live without electricity, running water or a phone - yet this is exactly how Donegal man and author Mark Boyle has been living for the last few years.

 

Commission authorizes insect as food for the first time

Sustainability
(May 10, 2021)

EU member states last week approved a proposal from the European Commission, allowing the use of dried yellow mealworms as a novel food.

 

Over 90% of Irish consumers unaware of their daily spend on electricity

Energy
(May 10, 2021)

Over 90% of Irish consumers are unaware of how much they spend on electricity every day according to the ‘How We Live Now’ survey undertaken by consumer lifestyle magazine House & Home, in association with Pinergy, the smart, clean electricity provider.

 

Industry-academia interface: Enhancing research collaborations

Other News / R&D
(May 10, 2021)

Applications are now open for Science Foundation Ireland’s 2021 RD&I Industry Fellowship Programme.

 

‘Try to solve a real-world problem...and have fun’ – Young Scientist winners launch virtual 2022 event

Other News / R&D
(May 10, 2021)

Next year's BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition will take place from January 12-14. Start thinking of your project idea early in the summer months and don’t get stressed as it’s all “just a bit of fun”.

 

Commission launches call for public feedback on the environmental performance information that financial and non-financial undertakings should disclose

Sustainability
(May 10, 2021)

The European Commission has published a call for public feedback on the content, methodology and presentation of information that large financial and non-financial undertakings should disclose concerning their environmentally sustainable economic activities.

 

Corporate sustainability reports: Commission holds high-level conference on next steps

Sustainability
(May 10, 2021)

The European Commission last week organized a high-level conference on corporate sustainability reporting.

 

First discovery in Ireland of invasive hornet species that threatens pollinators

Biodiversity
(May 10, 2021)

A single specimen of an Asian hornet, an invasive alien species, has been found in Ireland, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has confirmed.


 

WEEKLY UPDATE - Recruuitment Notices
Corporate
(May 10, 2021)
Details of employment opportunities wanted or sought.

 

WEEKLY UPDATE - Local Authorities - Local Area / Development Plans
Infrastructure
(May 10, 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
(May 10, 2021)
WEEKLY UPDATE of list of current tenders in the relevant sectors.

 

Alltech Ireland Environmental Forum: Cutting national herd would lead to rise in global GHG emissions - top US scientist

Agriculture
(May 10, 2021)

Cutting Ireland’s cattle herd to reduce the sector’s carbon footprint would “likely lead” to a rise in global greenhouse gas emissions, a US scientist has told a conference on climate action in agriculture.

 

Burying Carbon - potential to enhance carbon sequestration without reducing grass productivity

Agriculture
(May 10, 2021)

Soil carbon sequestration is recognised in the current National Climate Action Plan 2019 as an important strategy to off-set increases in atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Minister Hackett announces strong response to Organic Farming Scheme

Agriculture
(May 10, 2021)

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett has revealed that 317 farmers have applied to convert to organic farming under the Department of Agriculture organics scheme which closed recently.

 

Agricultural sector should follow Bord na Móna’s lead on climate action, warns An Taisce

Agriculture
(May 10, 2021)

The “example” set by Bord na Móna (BNM) on climate action “should now be followed by the agricultural sector”, Ian Lumley of An Taisce has stated.

 

Legislators must act urgently to stem biodiversity loss, committee told

Biodiversity
(May 10, 2021)

Nearly two years since the Dáil declared a climate and a biodiversity emergency, the collapse of Irish biodiversity “is happening - and it’s countrywide”, the Oireachtas Climate Committee has been told.

 

Works begin again to clear rhododendron in Hazelwood Forest

Biodiversity
(May 10, 2021)

Works began again last week to clear the invasive rhododendron from the wonderful alluvial woodland in the northern section of Hazelwood Forest, an Annex I priority habitat.

 

Poots announces opening of £2m environment funding boost

Biodiversity
(May 10, 2021)

A £2 million Environmental Challenge Fund, launched by Northern Ireland's Environment Minister Edwin Poots, is now open for applications.

 

DCC is to buy Jones Oil in its latest bolt-on acquisition

Corporate
(May 10, 2021)

DCC, one of the leading fuel distribution companies in Ireland, has agreed to buy Jones Oil for an undisclosed amount.

 

€46m saved in energy bills for Dublin City Council tenants

Energy
(May 10, 2021)

Dublin City Council has announced that it is planning to recommence its Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme this month.

 

EirGrid chief backs case for review of data centre policy in Ireland

Energy
(May 10, 2021)

Data centres, which consume large amounts of electricity, will be critical to a thriving Irish economy and to modern lifestyles in coming years, but a policy review is needed to evaluate their role backed by a new regulatory framework, the chief executive of EirGrid, Mark Foley has said.

 

Your guide to SEAI grants and better energy homes incentive

Energy
(May 10, 2021)

Lockdown, while difficult, did at least have some benefits for those confined to their homes. Those small DIY jobs put on the long finger, repairs and renovations could at least all be addressed and tackled.

 

Energy firms to double investment in solar projects here

Energy
(May 10, 2021)

Danish energy company Obton has confirmed plans to double its investment in the Irish solar energy market in the years ahead.

 

Renewable heat 'can boost jobs by 23,000 and save €1bn a year by 2030'

Energy
(May 10, 2021)

Producing 40% of our heat through renewable sources by 2030 will create an estimated 23,000 jobs and save €1bn annually on importing fuel, a new report has found.

 

‘You’re potentially getting a double discount’: Why now is the time to install solar panels

Energy
(May 10, 2021)

People often wonder why solar energy in Ireland is starting to grow at an exponential rate.

 

Cork-based Mainline secures second wind farm project in Sweden worth €10m

Energy
(May 10, 2021)

Power and utility infrastructure firm Mainline said it has secured a further contract worth €10m to supply services to a wind farm of 137 turbines in the north of Sweden.

 

A healthy ocean is important to Irish citizens - Results from Ocean Citizen Survey

Marine
(May 10, 2021)

The Irish public believe more action needs to be taken to improve the health of the ocean, according to results from Ireland's first Ocean Citizen Survey.

 

Consultation on Dundalk Cockle Natura Permits Policy

Marine
(May 10, 2021)

A public consultation is now underway in respect of the Dundalk Bay Natura Permits Policy.

 

Public consultation opens on providing additional space on Capel St for outdoor dining

Other News / H&S
(May 10, 2021)

Dublin City Council has announced a period of public consultation on its plan to increase pedestrian space on Capel St in order to enable hospitality businesses on the street to re-open with outdoor dining.

 

Ministers O’Brien and Noonan welcome Moore Street Advisory Group Report

Other News / Heritage
(May 10, 2021)

Mr Darragh O’Brien TD, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Mr Malcolm Noonan TD, jhave been presented with the final Report of the Moore Street Advisory Group (MSAG).

 

Recycling investment reaches £5m with latest investment - Poots

Recycling
(May 10, 2021)

A £1 million investment in a new recycling facility will help both the environment and economy, says Northern Ireland Environment Minister Edwin Poots.

 

Ornua and Rethink Ireland partner up to support sustainability and rural development

Sustainability
(May 10, 2021)

Ornua has announced a partnership with the Irish social innovation fund, Rethink Ireland and has pledged €100,000 to drive innovative and ambitious thinking in the key areas of sustainability and rural development.

 

State body in charge of national road network calls for mandatory registration and insurance of e-scooters

Transport
(May 10, 2021)

E-scooters should be registered and insured before they are allowed in use on public roads, according to the State body with responsibility for the national road network.

 

Charges and charging of electric cars

Transport
(May 10, 2021)

We’re told there is millions in pent-up savings just waiting to be released once Covid restrictions are lifted, and if non-essential retail is to open, one of the first places to bag yourself a big treat may be your local car dealer.

 

‘In the US alone, almost 40% of food gets wasted’

Waste
(May 10, 2021)

The environmental and financial impact of food waste inspired recent Trinity College graduate Rian McDonnell into starting a waste analytics company in his adopted home of South Bend, Indiana.

 

Cleanse the clean way

Water
(May 10, 2021)

This year the Think Before you Flush campaign is working with make-up artists to raise awareness on the negative impact wipes are having - not only on our skin, but also on the local environment when flushed down the toilet.

 

Howth Water Supply Scheme works nearing completion

Water
(May 10, 2021)

Irish Water, working in partnership with Fingal County Council, is continuing with essential works on the Howth water supply scheme in order to safeguard the water supply for homes and businesses in the area in accordance with current COVID-19 restrictions.

 

Small Towns and Villages Growth Programme given the green-light

Water
(May 10, 2021)

Irish Water is working in partnership with Local Authorities to support growth and development throughout the country, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.

 

Treat our waterways with respect, not pollution – Poots

Water
(May 10, 2021)

Members of the public, farmers and business must be respectful of local waterways and be aware of the devastating impact of pollution, Northern Ireland Environment Minister Edwin Poots MLA has said.

 

Germany moves to beef up climate law with new 2030 carbon target

Climate Change
(May 10, 2021)

The German government last week announced plans to strengthen its climate targets, following a court ruling last week that concluded Ministers had failed to adequately set out how long term emissions goals would be met.

 

Top brands concoct plan to 'green' the chemicals used in everyday goods

Emissions
(May 10, 2021)

Companies across the consumer goods supply chain have teamed up to investigate how polymers in liquid formulations (PLFs) - the widely used chemicals found in shampoo, paint, adhesives, fertilisers, lubricants, and cosmetics - can be made more sustainable.

 

EU carbon price breaches record €50 per tonne mark

Emissions
(May 10, 2021)

Carbon prices on the European Union's emissions trading scheme (ETS) have topped €50 per tonne for the first time, according to reports, as tightening climate policies and growing demand from investors continues to push the cost of pollution to record highs.

 

Chemicals sustainability strategy: Commission launches high-level roundtable

Emissions
(May 10, 2021)

The European Commission last week organized the first meeting of the High Level Round Table on Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, chaired by Commissioners Thierry Breton and Virginijus Sinkevičius.

 

Carbon-sucking concrete is capturing attention and funding

Emissions
(May 10, 2021)

Carbon-sequestering concrete is having a moment.

 

BP and Pure Planet plot app to help manage home energy and EV use

Energy
(May 10, 2021)

BP has teamed up with green energy supplier Pure Planet to launch a new digital service they claim will enable customers to control their home energy, electric vehicles (EVs), batteries, smart heating, solar power and carbon offsetting from a single smart phone app.

 

RenewableUK calls for introduction of 2030 green hydrogen and onshore wind goals

Energy
(May 10, 2021)

RenewableUK has called on the UK government to establish dedicated 2030 capacity targets for onshore wind, floating wind, green hydrogen, and marine energy deployment, arguing that clear goals for different clean energy technologies would accelerate progress towards the UK's near-term climate goals.

 

Googly-eyed scarecrow may prevent seabirds drowning in fishing nets - study

Marine
(May 10, 2021)

A floating scarecrow with googly eyes could help reduce the number of seabirds caught in fishing nets, researchers have said.

 

IKEA kicks off furniture buy back business nationwide

Recycling
(May 10, 2021)

IKEA customers can now sell their used flat pack furniture back to the store, after the Swedish furniture giant's 'buy back' scheme launched nationwide in the UK last week.

 

UK government unveils plan to streamline recycling across England

Recycling
(May 10, 2021)

The UK government has announced plans for a major shake-up of England bin collections that it claims will boost recycling rates by making it simpler for households and businesses to ensure materials are recycled.

 

Asda publishes maiden sustainability report

Sustainability
(May 10, 2021)

Asda last week published its first ever environment, social, and governance (ESG) report, bringing together various commitments unveiled by the retailer in recent months as it works to slash the environmental impact of its operations.

 

Whirlpool Corporation refreshes climate ambition with 2030 net zero target

Sustainability
(May 10, 2021)

Household appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation has vowed to achieve net zero emissions across its plants and operations by 2030, arguing that tackling climate change is core to its brand mission to "improve life at home".

 

AdGreen introduces voluntary levy on production spend

Sustainability
(May 10, 2021)

To help keep all its resources, tools and training free at the point of use, AdGreen has announced the launch of a voluntary levy.

 

Jewellery giant debuts lab-created diamond collection, vows to end use of mined diamonds

Sustainability
(May 10, 2021)

Jewellery giant Pandora has announced the launch of its first lab-created diamond collection, vowing to harness the new approach to end the use of mined diamonds in its products.

 

Stellantis sees heavier impact from chip shortage in Q2

Transport
(May 10, 2021)

Stellantis, the world's fourth largest carmaker, said last wee it expects the global shortage of semiconductors to affect production this quarter more heavily than in the first three months of the year.

 

Arrival and Uber hail plans for purpose-built electric car

Transport
(May 10, 2021)

Plans to electrify urban road transport took a leap forward last week, with the news that UK-based electric van and bus pioneer Arrival is to team up with global ride-hailing giant Uber to develop a new "affordable, purpose-built electric vehicle (EV)" for ride-hailing services.

 

 

 

 

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