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EU’s ambitious carbon plan locks Ireland into even bigger emission cuts

Climate Change
(Jul 19, 2021)

Ireland’s better-than-expected economic growth has landed the Government with tougher carbon-reduction targets under the EU’s latest climate plan - 'Fit for 55'.

 

EPA announces draft National Hazardous Waste Management Plan 2021-2027 is now open for public consultation

Waste
(Jul 19, 2021)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the draft National Hazardous Waste Management Plan 2001-2007 and associated Strategic Environmental Assessment and Appropriate Assessment.

 

Irish Retrofitting Conference 2021

Energy
(Jul 19, 2021)

Energy Ireland, in partnership with Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, will hold the Irish Retrofitting Conference 2021 on 28 September 2021 at the Crowne Plaza, Santry, to look at various aspects of Ireland’s deep retrofitting programme.

 

Urgent action needed to curb nitrogen pollution in Ireland’s waters, says EPA

Water
(Jul 19, 2021)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the Water Quality in 2020: An Indicators Report, which provides an assessment of the quality of Ireland’s rivers, lakes, estuaries and groundwaters.

 

Bord na Móna delivering over 1400 Climate Solutions jobs in Midlands

Sustainability
(Jul 19, 2021)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin, TD and Eamon Ryan, TD, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, joined Tom Donnellan, Chief Executive, Bord na Móna at the company’s Cloncreen Wind Farm last week to announce details of over 1400 jobs being created by the company, mainly in the midlands region.

 

Too hot now? This is one of the coolest summers we’ll ever have

Climate Change
(Jul 19, 2021)

While we were busy worrying about digital passports and whether unvaccinated children should be in restaurants, ominous things were happening in other parts of the world.

 

Green Dialogues: RSK launches webinar series in the run up to COP26

Sustainability
(Jul 19, 2021)

In the run-up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow this November, RSK group is launching a new and innovative webinar series - 'Green Dialogues'.

 

Squaring up to the circular economy

Sustainability
(Jul 19, 2021)

This summer marks a whole new departure for the VivaGreen Group. The Deansgrange business, which began in 1999, specialises in environmentally friendly products.

 

Businesses fear carbon tariff will be too complex to administer

Corporate
(Jul 19, 2021)

The most controversial aspect of the European Union’s latest climate plan - the proposed carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) - was described by high-level industry sources as “administratively complex” and potentially damaging to the upcoming COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

 

Spend it Better: Environmentally friendly can be the more beautiful option in design

Infrastructure
(Jul 19, 2021)

The world is running out of sand. This startling fact opened eco-builder Harrison Gardner’s first talk on his Build Everything out of Anything course last month.

 

€2.4m for three hydrogen buses in drive for clean fuel

Transport
(Jul 19, 2021)

Three of the world's first double-decker hydrogen fuel-cell-electric buses are being brought into service on one of Dublin's public transport routes from this week.

 

Ireland to receive €990m in EU grants to support recovery

Corporate
(Jul 19, 2021)

Ireland is to receive a total of €990 million in EU grants to support recovery in the aftermath of the pandemic.

 

Amazon rainforest now emitting more CO2 than it absorbs

Emissions
(Jul 19, 2021)

The Amazon rainforest is now emitting more carbon dioxide than it is able to absorb, scientists have confirmed for the first time.

 

Pinergy acquires solar energy supplier Solar Electric

Energy
(Jul 19, 2021)

Energy firm Pinergy has acquired Co Wexford-based solar installation company Solar Electric.

 

EPA Research Publications released in June 2021

Other News / R&D
(Jul 19, 2021)

The latest EPA Research Publications - released in June 2021 - are now available online.


 

Deadline Extension for Use of the On-Line System to record the Movement of Organic Fertilisers Announced with demonstration video and May 2021 N&P Statements also now available

Agriculture
(Jul 19, 2021)

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are announcing that the deadline of 1 July for mandatory use of the Department’s on-line system to record the movement of organic manures is now extended to 1 September 2021.

 

Horticulture sector facing wipeout without peat - IFA

Agriculture
(Jul 19, 2021)

Horticultural growers, led by IFA President Tim Cullinan, held a protest outside the Convention Centre in Dublin last week to highlight the challenges around the harvesting of horticultural peat and the central role it plays in the sector.

 

Met Éireann staff advised to say Ireland could expect more frequent hotter, drier summers

Climate Change
(Jul 19, 2021)

Staff at Met Éireann were advised to say Ireland could expect more frequent hotter, drier summers as the impacts of climate change are felt here.

 

Activists: Changes have ‘gutted’ the Climate Bill

Climate Change
(Jul 19, 2021)

There is little point in cementing the new Climate Bill into law unless it radically transforms policy and breaks away from our reliance on fossil fuels, environmental campaigners have said.

 

Micro-generation

Energy
(Jul 19, 2021)

Micro-generation is the general term used to refer to the generation of electricity from renewable technologies including solar photovoltaic (PV), micro-wind, micro-hydro and micro-renewable combined heat and power (CHP).

 

SEAI launches enhanced BER to help homeowners improve energy efficiency

Energy
(Jul 19, 2021)

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has launched an enhanced Building Energy Rating (BER), which will make it easier for homeowners to have a warmer, more comfortable home with lower energy bills.

 

ESB set to step in with emergency power to keep blackouts at bay

Energy
(Jul 19, 2021)

The ESB will be probably be asked to deploy about 200MW of temporary electricity generating capacity in Dublin as the government prepares to prevent possible blackouts next winter.

 

Statkraft starts work on Republic’s biggest solar electricity generator

Energy
(Jul 19, 2021)

Norwegian energy group Statkraft has begun building the Republic’s biggest solar-powered electricity generator in Co Meath.

 

Renewable energy sources expanding - but not as quickly as demand for electricity

Energy
(Jul 19, 2021)

Data showing electricity demand growing faster than renewables across the world is particularly pertinent to Ireland, especially with the proliferation of data centres, a leading energy expert has said.

 

NSAI launches a revised Irish Standard on Gas Transmission

Energy
(Jul 19, 2021)

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has launched I.S. 328 – “Gas transmission – Pipelines and Pipeline Installations (Edition 5)”.

 

Plans to be lodged for €1.2 billion data centre for outside Ennis

Infrastructure
(Jul 19, 2021)

Plans are to be lodged with Clare County Council in the coming days for a new €1.2 billion data centre campus on the outskirts of Ennis, which will create 250 data centre jobs and 1,200 jobs during the project's construction phase.

 

Planning board gives permission for Meath data centre

Infrastructure
(Jul 19, 2021)

An Bord Pleanála has dismissed appeals by environmentalists to grant planning permission for a new data storage campus near Bracetown, Co Meath.

 

Political agreement on the Aarhus Regulation: Commission welcomes increased public scrutiny of EU acts related to the environment

Legislation
(Jul 19, 2021)

The European Commission has welcomed the provisional political agreement reached between the European Parliament and the EU Member States in the Council on amending the Aarhus Regulation that will allow for increased public scrutiny of EU acts affecting the environment.

 

SuperNode welcomes new marine planning system

Marine
(Jul 19, 2021)

SuperNode believes the recent publication of the National Marine Planning Framework and the Maritime Area Planning Bill to be an important step in Ireland’s decarbonisation journey.

 

Managing young broadleaf forests for quality - webinar

Other News / Forestry
(Jul 19, 2021)

A Teagasc webinar on ‘Managing young broadleaf forests for quality’ will take place on Tuesday, 20 July, at 7pm.

 

Forest owners protest at delays in felling licensing

Other News / Forestry
(Jul 19, 2021)

Forest growers have called for emergency legislation to be introduced to deal with the licence backlog that they claim is causing huge delays and frustration in the sector.

 

From ringforts to round towers, public asked to Protect Our Past amidst rise in damage to heritage sites

Other News / Heritage
(Jul 19, 2021)

The Office of Public Works (OPW) and the National Monuments Service (in the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage) have launched a new campaign entitled 'Protect Our Past', highlighting the need for visitors to Ireland’s heritage sites and monuments to be mindful of their actions over the summer.

 

Chambers Ireland looks to engage business on the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainability
(Jul 19, 2021)

Chambers Ireland, the body which represents 40 chambers of commerce in Ireland, has called on Irish business to become leaders in the effort to create a more sustainable society.

 

Mallon highlights how innovation is making DfI more sustainable

Sustainability
(Jul 19, 2021)

Northern Ireland Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has outlined how the use of green design in the delivery of road signage and street lighting is improving energy efficiency across her Department as part of the fight against the climate crisis.

 

Airlines warn EU that ticket prices will rise due to green taxes

Transport
(Jul 19, 2021)

Holidaymakers will face more expensive flights as a result of the EU’s latest climate drive.

 

Electric vehicles not a silver bullet solution to emissions crisis, expert warns

Transport
(Jul 19, 2021)

Relying on electric vehicles to solve the transport emissions crisis is akin to tackling obesity by calculating how much salad to eat, while still overwhelmingly consuming junk food, one of Ireland's leading energy experts has said.

 

Greenergy and ESB announce collaboration to install fast and high power EV chargers to Irish forecourts

Transport
(Jul 19, 2021)

Greenergy has agreed with ESB to introduce fast and high power EV charging points at selected Irish retail forecourts operating under Greenergy’s Amber and Inver brands.

 

Irish e-scooter firm Zipp Mobility rolls out operations to cities in Poland

Transport
(Jul 19, 2021)

The Irish e-scooter firm Zipp Mobility has launched operations in the Polish city of Katowice.

 

Irish start-up Zeus Scooters expands to the Nordics

Transport
(Jul 19, 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.

 

Car volumes and public transport journeys rising as Covid restrictions ease

Transport
(Jul 19, 2021)

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that while car traffic volumes have not yet reached pre-Covid-19 levels, the gap between the 2021 and 2019 figures is declining due to the gradual lifting of travel restrictions.

 

'Challenges remain but progress is being made’ – farm leaders on EPA water-quality report

Water
(Jul 19, 2021)

Farm leaders say the latest EPA report on the impact of intensive agriculture on river catchments in the Golden Vale region shows “real signs of progress” despite the major challenges it also poses for the dairy sector.

 

Appeal to customers in Donegal to conserve water

Water
(Jul 19, 2021)

High demand for water in Donegal is continuing to put severe pressure on water supplies as warm weather continues, visitors to towns and villages increase, COVID 19 restrictions are relaxing and the hospitality sector is beginning to re-open.

 

Customers urged to conserve water where possible in Portlaoise

Water
(Jul 19, 2021)

Irish Water and Laois County Council are asking homes, farms and businesses in Portlaoise to check for leaks and to conserve water, where possible, whilst adhering to public health advice on hand washing and hygiene regarding COVID-19.

 

Works begin on new Wastewater Treatment Plant in Arthurstown

Water
(Jul 19, 2021)

Irish Water, in partnership with Wexford County Council, has begun works on the new Wastewater Treatment Plant that will serve the communities of Duncannon, Arthurstown and Ballyhack.

 

Phased works progressing at Drogheda Wastewater Treatment Plant

Water
(Jul 19, 2021)

Irish Water is continuing to carry out works at Drogheda wastewater treatment plant and is committed to resolving any potential odour issues arising from the wastewater plant or network.

 

Thousands of litres saved daily after leak repair works in Offaly

Water
(Jul 19, 2021)

Irish Water, working in partnership with Offaly County Council, has saved nearly half a million litres of water per day in the neighbouring towns of Rhode and Croghan as a result of leakage reduction and repair works - enough water to supply over 3,500 people per day.

 

Quin to see big benefits as critical wastewater upgrade is completed

Water
(Jul 19, 2021)

Irish Water has completed a major upgrade of the Quin Wastewater Treatment Plant which will protect the local environment and support growth and development in the area.

 

UN publishes first draft of Paris Agreement-style global treaty for tackling biodiversity loss

Biodiversity
(Jul 19, 2021)

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity has published the first draft of a global agreement for tackling biodiversity loss, setting out a string of ambitious new targets for 2030 and 2050 to be negotiated by world leaders at the COP15 Biodiversity Summit in Kunming, China.

 

Olivia Colman supports ‘important’ environmental charity film

Biodiversity
(Jul 19, 2021)

Olivia Colman has voiced her support for a film calling for parts of the English countryside to be returned to nature.

 

Too soon to say floods linked to climate change - experts

Climate Change
(Jul 19, 2021)

The extreme rainfall causing deadly flooding across western Germany and Belgium has been so alarming, many across Europe are asking if climate change is to blame.

 

Climate change a hot topic in US as temperatures soar

Climate Change
(Jul 19, 2021)

A heat emergency was declared in Washington DC last week. When the temperature reaches 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35C), an emergency plan is put in place, which involves activating cooling centres for residents.

 

BOJ cuts growth forecast, unveils climate scheme plan

Climate Change
(Jul 19, 2021)

The Bank of Japan has cut this fiscal year's growth forecast, but maintained its view the economy was headed for a moderate recovery, a sign monetary policy will be in a holding pattern for some time.

 

Developing nations publish their COP26 wishlist

Climate Change
(Jul 19, 2021)

The world's developing countries have urged rich nations to move faster to tackle climate change and meet and exceed their commitment to deliver $100bn a year in climate finance ahead of the vital UN climate talks this autumn.

 

Green Deal for Europe: Commission proposes new strategy to protect and restore EU forests

Other News / Forestry
(Jul 19, 2021)

The European Commission has adopted the new EU Forest Strategy 2030, a flagship initiative of the Green Deal for Europe that builds on the EU's biodiversity strategy by 2030.

 

Commission adopts proposal for a Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe

Other News / R&D
(Jul 19, 2021)

The European Commission has adopted its proposal for a Council Recommendation on ‘A Pact for Research and Innovation in Europe' to support the implementation of national European Research Area (ERA) policies.

 

More than €90m available under the first calls of the European Innovation Ecosystems Work Programme

Other News / R&D
(Jul 19, 2021)

A novelty under Horizon Europe, the European Innovation Ecosystems (EIE) Work Programme aims to create the ground for a sustainable, robust and integrated European innovation ecosystem.

 

Climate ambition: SBTi raises the bar to 1.5°C

Sustainability
(Jul 19, 2021)

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), the global body enabling businesses to set emissions reduction targets in line with climate science, is unveiling a new strategy to increase minimum ambition in corporate target setting from ‘well below 2°C’ to ‘1.5°C’ above pre-industrial levels.

 

Google Cloud upgrades effort to flag greenest data centres

Sustainability
(Jul 19, 2021)

Google has announced an update to its region picker service, designed to make it easier for customers to choose Google Cloud Regions with the lowest CO₂ output.

 

Unilever and Arzeda team up for sustainable enzymes push

Sustainability
(Jul 19, 2021)

Consumer goods giant Unilever has announced a new three-year partnership with Arzeda, a protein design start-up that aims to use advanced computer technologies to develop new enzymes that could help make cleaning and laundry products more environmentally sustainable.

 

Amazon expands climate-friendly product badge system in US and Europe

Sustainability
(Jul 19, 2021)

Amazon has expanded its climate-friendly certification for products listed on its online retail sites in Europe and the US, announcing four more green badges covering chemicals, organic products, animal welfare, and human health in a bid to enable more sustainable shopping choices.

 

Alliance of natural science and technology key to a more sustainable future

Sustainability
(Jul 19, 2021)

At the heart of the corporate world driving change is the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) department.

 

LIFE Newsletter - Call for proposals 2021

Sustainability
(Jul 19, 2021)

The latest issue of the LIFE Newsletter - Call for proposals 2021 - is now available online.

 

EU effort to tackle gas guzzlers meets with French resistance

Transport
(Jul 19, 2021)

France is resisting the European Union effectively phasing out combustion-engine car sales by 2035, advocating for a more lenient target for the end of the decade and a longer leash for plug-in hybrid models.

 

Green, safe and smart transport networks: Additional €242m for transport infrastructure studies

Transport
(Jul 19, 2021)

The EU is supporting 68 studies to prepare the ground for projects that will build missing transport links and eliminate bottlenecks across the continent, enhance sustainable transport and create jobs.

 

Go-Ahead plans for net zero strategy by 2045

Transport
(Jul 19, 2021)

Transport group Go-Ahead has announced a new set of net zero targets, committing the firm to reduce emissions by 75 per cent by 2035 and reaching zero emissions a decade later.

 

UK government targets net zero planes, roads and railways in 'landmark' green transport strategy

Transport
(Jul 19, 2021)

Long-awaited plans to decarbonise all UK journeys across road, rail, air and water were unveiled last week, as the UK government set out its vision to deliver a net zero transport sector by 2050 where public transport, walking, and cycling are "the natural first choice for all who can take them".

 

Swiss students on the hunt for microplastics in the Alps

Waste
(Jul 19, 2021)

The deep-blue crystal lakes and rivers of Switzerland’s picture-postcard Upper Engadine region look pristine, but could they be transporting miniscule plastic fragments and fibres? A team of Swiss scientists wants to find out.

 


 
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