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Environment

The National Mitigation Plan: Big on Aspiration but Lacking in Substance

September 26, 2017 |

The Irish Government recently published its long-overdue National Mitigation Plan on climate change, with more than 100 initiatives proposed to reduce carbon emissions in line with global targets. Amid predictions that Ireland looks set to miss its 2020 … Read More

New Scheme Focuses On Renewable Energy To Meet 2030 Targets

September 26, 2017 |

Home owners and businesses in all local authority areas are set to face a significant increase in electricity costs to help pay for new subsidies for renewable energy under an overhaul planned by Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, … Read More

New project to restore Ireland’s bogland

September 19, 2017 |

A new project aiming to bring back 10,000 years of Irish history through the restoration of raised bogs across Ireland has been launched by Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys.

The Living Bog … Read More

Going Green – How do European countries do it?

September 6, 2017 |

In the days of climate change, living environmentally friendly plays a key part in sustaining the current quality of the earth for future generations. Not only private households across Europe do their part in ensuring a greener future, … Read More

Ireland failing to meet own water quality target – EPA

September 1, 2017 |

A six-year assessment of surface water quality between 2010 and 2015 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found “unwelcome declines in Irish water quality” in hundreds of water bodies around the country.

Water in hundreds … Read More

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