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€6.7m EU boost to improve bathing waters in Ireland and Wales

    €6.7m EU boost to improve bathing waters in Ireland and Wales

A €6.7 million EU-backed initiative to combat the effects of pollution on bathing waters in Wales and Ireland has been announced by Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and Welsh Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford AM.
The Acclimatize project will help to improve the quality of sea shores in both countries, helping to boost […]

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Dublin City Council announces €100k of innovation procurement funding to increase cycling in city

    Dublin City Council announces €100k of innovation procurement funding to increase cycling in city

Four companies have been each awarded €25,000 Phase 2 funding to develop smart technology solutions to help increase bicycle usage, to gather better data to understand cyclist behaviour and also help deter bicycle theft.
In 2016, Phase 1 of the Smart Dublin Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competition saw five small businesses receive €12,500 in funding […]

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Irish researcher leads €4.9m project to halve CO2 footprint of carbon fibre production

    Irish researcher leads €4.9m project to halve CO2 footprint of carbon fibre production

Researchers from across Europe, led by University of Limerick (UL), have begun a project to produce carbon fibre from forestry by-products.
Carbon fibre is a reinforcement which when added to plastic improves its mechanical properties, thereby forming a composite material. Composites are used in many products including automotive parts and wind-turbine blades. However, carbon fibre is […]

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Draft River Basin Management Plan For Ireland Published

    Draft River Basin Management Plan For Ireland Published

Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, has published the draft River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) for Ireland 2018-2021, which is subject to public consultation for six months.
The draft plan outlines measures aimed at protecting and improving the water environment, working towards achieving the Water Framework Directive’s (WFD) objectives. The Directive’s […]

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Companies Invited to Tender for €30,000 to Support Energy Innovations

    Companies Invited to Tender for €30,000 to Support Energy Innovations

The FREED Project is inviting applications from companies, SME’s or start-ups to develop innovative energy technologies, the Western Development Commission (WDC) announced on Tuesday. The WDC are using the etenders platform and the tender documents are available at www.freedproject.eu/itt-call-ireland-2. The closing date for applications is Wednesday March 15th 2017. Aimed at businesses that are currently active […]

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SEAI Invites Businesses to Energy Saving Solutions Show

    SEAI Invites Businesses to Energy Saving Solutions Show

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is inviting businesses to come to the Energy Show 2017, taking place at the RDS, Dublin on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th of April.
The annual two-day free event brings together 160 exhibitors of sustainable energy technologies and services. Last year, in addition to attendance growing by 23% to […]

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Air Cleaners in Food Storage Warehouses – A New Sizing Tool

    Air Cleaners in Food Storage Warehouses – A New Sizing Tool

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Food Quality is of the utmost importance for Food and Beverage manufacturing. Ensuring that food is delivered to your customers to the highest standard is key for brand image and customer satisfaction.
Have you noticed dust build up in your storage warehouses? Are products being affected by Dust problems? Are vehicle exhausts entering your […]

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OxyMem Named in the 2017 Global Cleantech 100

    OxyMem Named in the 2017 Global Cleantech 100

Irish wastewater Aeration company, OxyMem, was named for the second time in the prestigious 2017 Global Cleantech list 100 in San Fransisco on Tuesday.  OxyMem, a University College Dublin (UCD) spin-out company and the only Irish company to make this list, is commercialising the Membrane Aerated Biofilm Reactor (MABR) technology, an innovative solution to reduce costs […]

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Dublin Will “Grind to a Halt” Without Public Transport Investment – Chamber of Commerce

    Dublin Will “Grind to a Halt” Without Public Transport Investment – Chamber of Commerce

Dublin will grind to a halt unless the sharp rise in passengers using rail, bus and Luas is matched by an increase in spending on public transport, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce said on Thursday. The Chamber issued the warning after figures released by the National Transport Authority showed that 10m more passengers travelled on […]

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Tenders Sought for Major Flood Relief Works in Clonakilty

    Tenders Sought for Major Flood Relief Works in Clonakilty

A tender competition has been advertised on e-Tenders.ie for a major flood relief scheme for the town of Clonakilty in Cork, the Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief Seán Canney announced on Friday.
“Clonakilty is one of many towns in Cork that has suffered serious flooding in recent times,” Canney […]

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Government to Grant More Than €28m for Agri-Food, Marine and Forest Research

    Government to Grant More Than €28m for Agri-Food, Marine and Forest Research

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed, announced on Thursday awards of over €28 million for collaborative inter-institutional research projects under the Department’s competitive research funding programmes.
The 43 awards involve collaborations between 19 different institutions and organisations including Teagasc, a number of universities and institutes of technology.  The research investment announced will […]

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SOLAS Saves €60k Annually Following Ricoh-Managed Print Deal

    SOLAS Saves €60k Annually Following Ricoh-Managed Print Deal

A Ricoh-managed print deal has enabled SOLAS to make annual savings of approximately €60K, Ricoh announced on Thursday. Ricoh won the deal following a competitive tender process and installed multi-functional devices across four floors at SOLAS’ headquarters in Dublin’s Docklands.
Ricoh was commissioned by SOLAS to install Aficio MP C3003 printers in its Dublin offices, replacing […]

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SEAI Doubles Sustainable Energy Research Fund to €2 Million in 2017

    SEAI Doubles Sustainable Energy Research Fund to €2 Million in 2017

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) announced on Thursday a doubling of its Energy Research, Development and Demonstration fund for next year to €2 million. The fund is open to Irish researchers in industry and academia to support sustainable energy research. Priority areas include energy efficiency, citizen engagement and energy storage with the programme […]

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Quotas Worth €280m Secured for Irish Fishing Industry in 2017

    Quotas Worth €280m Secured for Irish Fishing Industry in 2017

233,500 tonnes of quotas worth €280 million were secured for Irish fishermen for 2017, following negotiations at the annual Fisheries Council in Brussels on Wednesday morning, according to Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed. This represents an increase of 17,390 tonnes over 2016.
“I am satisfied that I have managed to turn an […]

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SEAI Report Shows Public Sector Saved €154 Million in Energy in 2015

    SEAI Report Shows Public Sector Saved €154 Million in Energy in 2015

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) published the third annual report on the energy efficiency performance of public bodies on Monday. The report shows that government departments and public bodies avoided €154 million energy spend through increased energy efficiency in 2015.  The sector is now 21% more energy efficient than their 2009 baseline and […]

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SEAI Announces €30 Million Community Energy Fund for 2017

    SEAI Announces €30 Million Community Energy Fund for 2017

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) announced on Tuesday, November 6, that it will offer €30 million in grant supports for community energy projects next year.  This represents a 50% increase in funding from the 2016 grant levels – an additional €10 million.
CEO of SEAI  Jim Gannon said: “For 2017 we are particularly interested […]

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Fracking Ban Justified by EPA Report – Minister for Environment

    Fracking Ban Justified by EPA Report –  Minister for Environment

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment Denis Naughten said on  Wednesday, November 30, that an EPA-led research programme on the  on the Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on the Environment and Human Health justified the continued prohibition on hydraulic fracking.
“I am on record as having raised concerns with regard to the use of hydraulic […]

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Trade Mission to France Focuses on Cleantech, Brexit

    Trade Mission to France Focuses on Cleantech, Brexit

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan led an Enterprise Ireland Trade Mission to Lyon, on Wednesday, November 30, focusing on the high potential Cleantech sector. Today he will have a bilateral meeting with his French counterpart, Foreign Minister Jean Marc Ayrault. During the two day visit, Flanagan will brief key business contacts on […]

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Providence Resources Contract ‘Drill-Ship’ to Create Oil Well Off Irish Coast

    Providence Resources Contract ‘Drill-Ship’ to Create Oil Well Off Irish Coast

Providence Resources announced on Thursday, November 24, that a Stena IceMAX drill ship had been contracted to drill an exploration well at the Druid and Drombeg sites, about 220 kilometers off the southwest coast of Ireland. The Stena IceMAX is a modern, harsh-environment, dual-derrick drill-ship designed to operate in water depths of up to 3 […]

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Google Adopt A Startup Programme Looks For Irish Entrepreneurs

    Google Adopt A Startup Programme Looks For Irish Entrepreneurs

Google began accepting applications from Irish entrepreneurs for its Adopt A Startup programme on Monday, November 21.  The Adopt A Startup programme sees small businesses paired up with Google support teams who will work with them from Google’s Irish headquarters to accelerate their growth. Each Startup will receive 12 weeks hands-on mentoring, access to exclusive […]

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€15.5 Million Wind Farm Opened In Co. Antrim

    €15.5 Million Wind Farm Opened In Co. Antrim

Gaelectric officially opened its £13.4 million (€15.5 Million) wind farm on Thursday, November 17, at Cloonty in Co. Antrim. The 9.2MW wind farm is located on the Castlecat Road between Derrykeighan and Bushmills.
Cloonty is renewable energy and energy storage group Gaelectric’s fouth operating wind farm in Northern Ireland. The Company has 184MW of operating wind […]

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€445,000 Funding Announced for Agri-Food Tourism Projects in Rural Areas

    €445,000 Funding Announced for Agri-Food Tourism Projects in Rural Areas

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed announced on Thursday, Novmber 17, the projects that will receive €445,000 in funding this year, under the Commission for the Development of Rural Areas Rural Innovation and Development Fund. The funding is awarded to initiatives to promote and develop agri-food tourism projects in rural areas.
Agri-food […]

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FDT Win EnviroCom Award for Environmental Achievements

    FDT Win EnviroCom Award for Environmental Achievements

FDT Consulting Engineers & Project Managers won the EnviroCom Award on Thursday, November 10, for engaging communities in environmental projects with less than 50 employees. Hosted by the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, the 10th EnviroCom awards saw 130 guests attend the awarding ceremony at the Royal Marine Hotel.
FDT were given the award in recognition for […]

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Over 7,300 community projects supported by US companies in Ireland last year

    Over 7,300 community projects supported by US companies in Ireland last year

Ireland leads the way in terms of volunteer participation across Europe, and is well above average in terms of civic engagement, social support networks and trust in institutions, according to new figures.
A new report from the American Chamber of Commerce has highlighted the positive social impact of US investment in Ireland, with around 7,300 community […]

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Irish wind energy sector to create 1,100 jobs by 2020

    Irish wind energy sector to create 1,100 jobs by 2020

A new survey of companies carried out by the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) suggests that the wind energy industry has delivered 300 new jobs a year since 2013, with growth potential pinpointing a further 1,100 new jobs in the sector by 2020.
Over 150 energy companies took part in the survey, indicating that economic projections […]

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EU Sets New Targets to Reduce Energy Emissions

At last year’s Paris climate talk, 196 countries agreed to take action to keep global warming from rising 2C above pre-industrial levels.

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Residential Flooding Halt’s Construction on Wind Farm

Roscommon deputy, Michael Fitzmaurice stated that the construction will not continue until the investigation is complete.

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Ireland’s First Sustainable Homes Label

    Ireland’s First Sustainable Homes Label

The Irish Green Building Council has launched Ireland’s first sustainable homes label to encourage the construction of quality residential housing developments.

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Floodwaters and frost driving rats into houses

Rentokil is advising householders to be vigilant against rats, mice and other pests that are displaced from sewers, drains and rivers during the floods resulting from recent storms and the frost that set in over the weekend. Water levels are expected to remain high, and rodents will continue to seek food and shelter inside our […]

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Renault to recall 15,000 vehicles for emissions tweaks

French company Renault will recall more than 15,000 vehicles to make changes to their engines to bring them into line with emissions standards, Energy Minister Segolene Royal told on Tuesday.
The minister, responsible for the environment and sustainable development, repeated that Renault was not alone in exceeding emissions levels, although she did not name any other carmakers.
“Renault […]

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Carbon content of Irish electricity generation hits record low last year

The carbon content of electricity generation in Ireland fell to a record low last year, half the level it was in 1990, according to figures published by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
Renewable electricity helped Ireland avoid 2.6 million tonnes of CO2  emissions in 2014, and is now one of the single biggest contributors […]

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Apple commits €1m to promote the development of ocean energy in Galway

Pictured are Brian Motherway, CEO, SEAI and Lisa Jackson, vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Apple
Apple has committed a €1 million fund to promote the development of ocean energy in Ireland.
The fund will help developers who receive a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) grant to test their ocean energy prototypes in the Galway Bay Ocean Energy […]

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Green light for Northern Ireland’s largest energy-from-waste facility

A £107 million energy plant at Belfast’s harbour estate could bring around 250 jobs to the construction sector.
What will be the north’s largest energy-from-waste facility, providing 14.85 megawatts of energy from household waste, will also provide work for an additional 20 employees once it is up and running.
The financial case for the long-awaited Full Circle […]

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Irish Water investing €5m plant in Kinvara

Irish Water is investing €5million to construct a new wastewater treatment plant in Kinvara.
The new plant will be located at Ballybranagan and Irish Water says its design, now entering its final stages, will allow for future population growth and tourist numbers.
Over the next two weeks, Irish Water will host meetings with community groups to address […]

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SEAI Chief Executive moves to a senior post at the International Energy Agency in Paris

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) today announced that Dr Brian Motherway will leave his CEO post in SEAI in early December to take up a new role as Head of the Energy Efficiency Division with the International Energy Agency in Paris, France.
Dr Motherway has been Chief Executive for three and half years.  During […]

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Ireland’s largest gathering of key stakeholders involved in creating a sustainable Ireland is fast approaching

On November 3rd 2015, the Aviva Stadium will see the largest ever gathering of key stakeholders responsible for delivering a more sustainable Ireland.
The National Sustainability Summit serves as a forum where business leaders, innovators, regulators and Government can examine both the commercial opportunities in the emerging green economy as well as the challenges faced in […]

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Greenroom Investments to raise €100m to develop European solar farm portfolio

Solar21 CEO Michael Bradley and CFO Andrew Bradley
A new Irish renewable energy fund is aiming to raise €100m before Christmas and start building up a portfolio of solar farms across Europe.
Fledgling fund Greenroom Investments received regulatory approval from the Central Bank earlier in the year, making it one of the first investment funds in the […]

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RTÉ Wins Pakman Award 2015

RTÉ were amongst the winners at the Pakman  2015 Awards last night.
The broadcaster won in the Food Waste Management Category.
RTÉ’s entry related to a “Closed Loop” Project managed by Eileen Duggan, RTÉ Property and Services, involving Baxter Storey (with support from  Keelings) and Lynk Taxis.
Every day, between 5pm and 7pm surplus (but within shelf life) food is […]

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200 jobs for Limerick as a result of smoky coal ban

The recent Government decision to ban smoky coal yesterday yielded a 200-jobs industry for the port of Foynes.
CPL Industries, Europe’s leading manufacturer and wholesaler of smokeless solid fuel products for the domestic heating market plans to  have 200 employees in Limerick by 2018.
The jobs come as part of a €22m investment from CPL fuels for […]

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Join over 2,000 delegates at the National Sustainability Summit

The National Sustainability Summit will take place for the first time on 3 November in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.
The event will provide a timely platform to discuss and debate the parameters for COP21/CMP11 Conference of the Parties to the United Nationas Framework Convention on Climate Change (Paris 2015) that is fast approaching on 30 November, […]

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Ireland on course to meet 2020 emissions target

Fine Gael MEP for Dublin, Brian Hayes, today welcomed a letter from the EU Climate Commissioner, which says that Ireland is on course to meet its EU greenhouse gas emissions targets by 2020. Under EU binding targets, Ireland is obliged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, compared to 2005 levels.
“EU Climate Commissioner Arias […]

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ESB opens new €33m Woodhouse Wind Farm in County Waterford

Pictured officially opening ESB’s €33m Woodhouse Wind Farm in Co.Waterford today  is Paddy Hayes ESB Executive Director Generation and Wholesale Markets and  Minister for Energy Alex White T.D.
Minister for Energy Alex White TD  today opened the new €33m Woodhouse Wind Farm in County Waterford, a key part of ESB’s Wind Development programme.
The new renewable energy […]

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MEP Kelly gets Paris climate change mandate from European Parliament

The European Parliament this week adopted its position ahead of the upcoming 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP21.
The adopted document will now give a mandate the Parliamentary delegation that will travel to December’s conference in Paris to put their mark on the Global Agreement that is expected to be reached.
This agreement, which […]

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Toyota Unveils Bold New Environmental Targets

With the aim of contributing to global environmental sustainability, Toyota has developed an ambitious set of goals to be achieved over the next 35 years.
Addressing key global environmental issues such as climate change, water shortages, resource depletion, and degradation of biodiversity, the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 aims to reduce the negative impact of manufacturing and […]

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Bord na Móna going green by 2030

Bord na Móna plans to stop harvesting peat by 2030 in what it described as the “biggest change of land use in modern Irish history”.

It will invest in green energy production, including wind and solar farms, and ramp-up production of biomass to fuel its Edenderry power plant.

About 15,000 hectares of willow will be planted and […]

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Tricel announces creation of 100 jobs in Kerry

    Tricel announces creation of 100 jobs in Kerry

Manufacturing and engineering group Tricel is to create 100 new jobs over the next 18 months. 40 of these jobs will be based in the company’s headquarters in Killarney and be worth an extra €2.4m to the local economy.

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IDA Ireland reports 9,000 jobs announced in first half of 2015

    IDA Ireland reports 9,000 jobs announced in first half of 2015

The IDA revealed that 9,000 jobs were announced in the first half of 2015, up from 8,000 announced during the same period last year.

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Irish software company Iconic raises €400K and announces 15 new jobs

    Irish software company Iconic raises €400K and announces 15 new jobs

Iconic Translation Machines, a leading Irish translation software company, today announces that it is creating 15 new jobs at its headquarters in Glasnevin, Dublin. The positions will be filled by December 2016 and will bring the total employment at the company up to 25.

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EU sets new record for offshore wind installations in first half of 2015

    EU sets new record for offshore wind installations in first half of 2015

European offshore wind has set a record for annual capacity installation just six months into 2015.

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Wind Prospect integrates 1GW utility-scale renewable energy assets in Europe

    Wind Prospect integrates 1GW utility-scale renewable energy assets in Europe

Australian Wind Prospect Group has created a new asset management platform, Wind Prospect Operations (WPO) with a portfolio of more than 1GW of independent, utility-scale renewable energy projects in Europe.
The portfolio, comprising operating wind and solar energy assets, generates more than €400m as annual production revenues for clients.
WPO integrates the energy firm’s businesses in UK/Ireland […]

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Vattenfall begins Kentish Flats Extension project in UK

    Vattenfall begins Kentish Flats Extension project in UK

Vattenfall has started construction of the Kentish Flats Extension, which is the only offshore wind farm being built in UK this year.
Located off the Kent coast, the extension project is expected to cost more than £150m.
It will involve installation of 15 wind turbines at 8km distance from the coast.
The project is an extension of the […]

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Apple looks to invest more than €400m on power projects for its €850m Irish data centre

    Apple looks to invest more than €400m on power projects for its €850m Irish data centre

Apple is looking to invest more than €400m directly to fund at least six renewable energy projects in Ireland.
The firm has invited partnership proposals from green energy developers to set up multiple new projects, with each having a power generation capacity of up to 50MW, reports The Irish Times.
Apple has planned the projects to meet […]

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SEAI’s Energy Show 2015 grows 20% on last year

    SEAI’s Energy Show 2015  grows 20% on last year

30th March 2015 – The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) annual business to business event, The Energy Show 2015, was a real success with the exhibition growing 20% and visitors up 10% on last year to 3,800.  The show, which took place at the RDS in Dublin on the 25th and 26th March, hosted […]

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Ireland to be fastest growing economy in Europe

    Ireland to be fastest growing economy in Europe

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, today said that despite disappointing preliminary growth figures for the third quarter, the economy will significantly outperform the rest of Europe and grow by a spectacular 5.7% this year. In 2014 the recovery finally reached the domestic economy. Unemployment is falling, investment is on the rise and the […]

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Ireland’s Energy Consumption and Related Emissions Fell in 2013

    Ireland’s Energy Consumption and Related Emissions Fell in 2013

Carbon intensity of electricity generation almost halved since 1990
Average home energy consumption down one third compared to 1990
Last year, Ireland’s primary energy and related CO2 emissions fell by 1.2% and 3.8% respectively.  That is according to a new report Energy in Ireland 1990-2013 published by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
Speaking at the launch, […]

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Nearly 50pc of households with bin service can now dispose of organic waste – IWMA

    Nearly 50pc of households with bin service can now dispose of organic waste – IWMA

An additional 150,000 brown bins have been rolled out to households in Ireland in the past two years by member firms of the Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA).

This brings to nearly 50pc the number of households with a bin service which are now able to dispose of food and organic waste in their brown bins.
The […]

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Sustainable Food & Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition is Major Success

    Sustainable Food & Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition is Major Success

450 delegates from food and drink businesses across the UK and Ireland attended the inaugural Sustainable Food & Beverage Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition, which was held at the Motor Cycle Museum, Birmingham on Thursday, 23rd of October 2014.
In line with the event’s theme of ‘sustainable growth for sustainable profits’, the speakers at the Conference were […]

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