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Free scheme to recycle ‘end-of-life’ vehicles introduced

August 11, 2017 |

A new industry-funded scheme to recycle “end-of-life” vehicles has been set up by Minister for Environment Denis Naughten.

The end of life vehicle environmental scheme, known as ELVES (ELV Environmental Services), will operate like the Weee … Read More

€1m fund to remove over 750,000 dumped vehicle tyres

August 9, 2017 |

A €1 million fund to get rid of large stockpiles of waste tyres blighting the Irish countryside has been announced by Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten.

The level of illegal dumping of used tyres is … Read More

Trinity College Dublin leads €12million EU ‘smart city’ nature project

July 6, 2017 |

Trinity College Dublin is to lead a €12m EU project to transform European cities into smart cities with an emphasis on nature.

Major cities are becoming increasingly difficult places to live, with high rates of pollution … Read More

Flat-fee refuse charges scrapped in bid to increase recycling rates

June 28, 2017 |

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten has announced that the mandatory pay-by-weight scheme is to be abandoned and flat fee charges are to be scrapped.

The pay-by-weight scheme, which was due to come … Read More

Irish Energy-Saving Initiative Wins Major European Award

June 26, 2017 |

Dublin City Council and its energy agency Codema scooped a major European award last week for the Home Energy Saving Kits, which are available for the public to borrow from all of the council’s public libraries across the … Read More

New wind energy development guidelines proposed

June 15, 2017 |

The Government has this week announced the initial outcome of a major revision of controversial guidelines for wind energy developments.

The amendments to the 2006 Wind Energy Development Guidelines were presented by the Minister for Housing, … Read More

Ireland’s largest wind farm opens in Donegal

June 12, 2017 |

The largest windfarm in Ireland officially opened at Meenadreen, Co Donegal, following a €145m investment by Energia.

The 95-megawatt wind farm has 38 turbines standing 115m high with 90m rotor diameter.

Renewable energy firm Energia developed … Read More

The Burren LIFE Project claims EU LIFE nature award

June 6, 2017 |

The Burren LIFE Project, which ensures the protection of the unique biodiversity of the Burren, has won an EU LIFE nature award.

A total of 15 projects were selected as finalists for the keenly contested awards … Read More

Extra funds and resources made available in crackdown on illegal dumping

June 1, 2017 |

Minister for Environment Denis Naughten is doubling the €650,000 announced in March to crack down on the growing scourge of illegal dumping.

The provision of extra funding to support the implementation of a second phase of … Read More

75% of Irish beaches ‘excellent’ for swimming – EPA

May 18, 2017 |

For a third year in a row 75 per cent of Ireland’s designated bathing waters have been classified as excellent by the Environmental Protection Agency in its annual report.

130 beaches were marked as excellent, good … Read More

Ireland has one of the worst records for food waste in the EU

May 17, 2017 |

Ireland is one of the worst performers in the EU when it comes to food waste, according to a new report from the European Commission.

Food waste contributes to a total annual bill of €143 billion … Read More

ESB and Bord na Móna join forces for solar power initiative

May 2, 2017 |

ESB and Bord na Móna have announced a co-development agreement which will see them develop solar power in four locations in Roscommon, Offaly and Kildare.

Once completed, it is estimated that it will provide renewable energy … Read More

New Partnership Drives Sustainability Agenda in Irish Fisheries

April 25, 2017 |

Inland Fisheries Ireland recently signed up to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Partnership Programme which aims to integrate energy management into public sector organisations. As an environmental agency, Inland Fisheries has a set range of progressive environmental targets to meet, and this new partnership … Read More

Ireland way off its EU greenhouse gas emissions targets

April 25, 2017 |

Ireland is showing little sign of meeting its 2020 emissions targets, according to a damning new report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The worrying report predicts that Ireland will miss its EU greenhouse gas emissions … Read More

Oil Pollution exercise to take place at Spanish Point, Co. Clare

April 19, 2017 |

A training exercise testing the response capabilities of Shannon Foynes Port Company, local authorities and other organisations who operate in the vicinity of the Shannon Estuary will take place at Spanish Point, County Clare, on Wednesday and Thursday … Read More

Dublin joins new pan-European food waste reduction and sustainable eating initiative

March 22, 2017 |

It is estimated that close to one million tonnes of food are thrown out by consumers and businesses in Ireland every year – that’s roughly €700-worth of food per household. And on average, Irish households throw away one … Read More

New campaign urges households to reduce food waste

March 9, 2017 |

On average, Irish households throw away one third of food every week.

A new campaign by the three Regional Waste Management Offices is urging householders to become more active in preventing food waste and managing their … Read More

Five pieces of litter for every step on Northern Ireland beaches

March 8, 2017 |

An average five pieces of marine litter can be found every step you take on Northern Ireland beaches – that’s according to a new report by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

The recently published report by the … Read More

Time to get tougher on litter?

February 27, 2017 |

Littering continues to be a serious problem across Ireland and litter levels are on the rise throughout the country, according to the latest IBAL (Irish Business Against Litter) survey.

The latest IBAL survey results found just … Read More

Cameras to be introduced to monitor green bin waste

February 24, 2017 |

A pilot scheme aimed at detecting people who persistently abuse free waste recycling by putting black bin rubbish, for which there is a charge, into their green bins is to be tested shortly on some 12,000 householders in … Read More