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The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2019, released today (12th November), highlights that delays in upgrading treatment systems around the country are prolonging risks to the environment and public health.  Some improvements in performance were evident in the past year, with the removal of the raw sewage discharges from one town and […]
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“Going paperless” is no longer just a trend; bullet point on organisation’s sustainability plan or sticker on young millennial’s recycled backpack (yes, it’s a thing). Reduction of paper waste and bad practices associated with handling important documents in hard-copies is becoming necessity. The new technologies enabling storing, sharing and updating documents in digital
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Biggest reduction in CO2 emissions from fossil fuels energy use since 2011 Continued improvement in electricity, but little progress in heat or transport CO2 emissions from fossil fuels used for energy fell by 4.5% in 2019, according to the latest figures from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) released today. This marks the biggest yearly
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The local authority has a €15 million plan for Ireland’s first data centre-based ‘district heating system’. SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY Council will use excess heat from Amazon’s new data centre in Tallaght to warm nearby homes and businesses in Ireland’s first public system based around one of the power-hungry facilities. The local authority recently called for […]
Environment Housing News
The MATCH-UP project aims to improve low carbon interchanges at local level to improve public transport by learning from our Interregional partners. The Southern Regional Assembly is delighted to release the MATCH-UP project 10 Minute Town Video and the MATCH-UP 10 Minute Town Framework full report which was inspired by learnings from the Interregional partners […]
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WHAT IS INTERNATIONAL COFFEE DAY? International Coffee Day on 1 October brings together coffee lovers in a global celebration to share their love of coffee and support the millions of farmers whose livelihoods depend on it. WHAT IS THIS YEAR’S FOCUS? This year, the International Coffee Organisation is working to highlight the plight of coffee farmers, the threat […]
Environment News
Approximately 11% of Irish people get their water from private water supplies. Grants are available under the Rural Water Programme for the carrying out of improvement works to a private water supply (this means a water supply providing water intended for human consumption and domestic purposes that serves only one house).  The relevant Regulations are Housing (Private
Environment Feature News
By Laura Foley Did you know that of the 8 billion tons of plastic ever made, every single piece still exists?(AAAS & Center for Biological Diversity) Really take this in for a second…. Think about every toothbrush, every plastic razor, plastic bag or “disposable” water bottle, every straw, plastic cup…every shampoo bottle you’ve ever used.  Every. Single. One.  […]
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Met Eireann issued a status yellow advisory for unseasonably wet and windy weather for Donegal and other parts of the Country from yesterday, Wednesday 19th until 6:00 pm this Saturday, 22nd  August. Donegal County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team are keeping the approaching weather pattern under review and will continue to monitor local conditions as Storm […]
Environment News
As Ireland enters an exciting new era for sustainable energy generation with real potential to reduce Ireland’s dependence on fossil fuels, we talk to Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Eamon Ryan, about what could be a particularly exciting new era for the marine sector. What’s so exciting about offshore wind? What’s exciting is the
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EPA welcomes new septic tank grant scheme as over 50% of systems fail inspection There are an estimated half a million septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems in Ireland. Half of the 1,160 septic tank systems inspected in 2019 failed. Householders with private wells are particularly vulnerable to pollution from faulty septic […]
Environment Feature News
EU takes Ireland to court over wildlife habitats neglect. Hundreds of sensitive wildlife habitats have been neglected through Ireland’s failure to apply conservation measures, the European Court of Justice has been told. The European Commission has referred Ireland to the court after running out of patience waiting for action to safeguard the 423 sites. Almost […]
Environment Feature News
GWFlood is a groundwater flood monitoring and mapping programme aimed at addressing the knowledge gaps surrounding groundwater flooding in Ireland. The programme was initiated in response to the unprecedented groundwater floods of Winter 2015/2016 and is a collaborative effort combining the karst groundwater expertise of Geological Survey Ireland and Trinity College
Business Environment Feature News
Opportunity for Businesses and Innovators in Fingal to apply for the 2020 Green Enterprise: Innovation for a Circular Economy Fingal County Council supports the call for applications for the 2020 Green Enterprise: Innovation for a Circular Economy by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and
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With limited travel available to people this weekend, many of our country’s beautiful beaches will see heavy use as the fine weather continues. However, there remains a serious lack of understanding on the impact casual littering has on this environment by those who use our beaches. A quick search of ‘beach litter ireland’ on Twitter […]
Business Environment Feature
Call for sustainable energy champions in community, business, research and public sector to enter The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has launched its annual SEAI Energy Awards and is calling on climate action champions to showcase their achievements. Now in their 17th year, the SEAI Energy Awards recognise and reward excellence in sustainable energy in