Businesses, large and small, as well as public bodies are achieving energy savings with support from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). SEAI’s EXEED (Excellence in Energy Efficient Design) certification programme is proving to have a real impact across a number of sectors. EXEED encourages innovation in how we design and manage projects and is driving the […]
A major United Nations programme that encourages global financial centres to place sustainable and green finance at the heart of their operations and help fight climate change, is to establish its European base in Ireland. The new European secretariat will coordinate from Dublin a network of pan-European cities committed to the expansion of green and […]
The Government has approved the new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS). The new Scheme will incentivise the introduction of sufficient renewable electricity generation to meet national and EU-wide renewable energy and decarbonisation targets out to 2030.
In addition, the RESS will deliver broader energy policy objectives including: enhancing security of supply; diversifying the renewable technology mix; […]
Iarnród Éireann has awarded a contract to Rolls-Royce to retrofit new gear transmissions to a 3-carriage Intercity train, to assess fuel and emission savings from the new system. The trial, if successful and rolled out to the 234 carriage Intercity railcar fleet, could see annual fuel and emission savings of 19%. This would generate annual […]
Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink company, has opened a new wind farm at Sanquhar in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The farm, developed in partnership with energy business Community Windpower, is made up of nine turbines which, combined, are now producing around 125 GWh of power per annum. That is enough to supply half […]
ESB has launched a call to action to the Irish public and industry to help the country move to a clean energy future by embracing electric heat and transport. ESB is showcasing the steps that everyone can take such as using electric heat pumps and electric vehicles to make energy savings, improve air quality and […]
WEEE Ireland, Ireland’s largest electrical and battery recycling scheme powered the most successful year in its history in 2017. WEEE Ireland recycled 35,708 tonnes of e-waste and 874 tonnes of waste batteries from Irish householders, consumers and businesses last year.
It is a new record for WEEE Ireland to achieve a collection rate surpassing 10kg of e-waste per head […]
College Group is to invest €10 million in building a new renewable energy facility producing biofuel from used cooking oil and animal fats in north County Meath. The investment is supported by the Irish government through Enterprise Ireland. The new 25 million litre purpose-built plant will be set on a 47.5 acre site and will […]
The latest Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) projections show that Ireland’s total greenhouse gas emissions will increase from current levels to 2020, underpinned by strong economic growth. This is despite an EU target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent on 2005 levels from the non-Emissions Trading Scheme (non-ETS) sector – agriculture, transport, residential, […]
Veolia Ireland, experts in water, waste and energy resource management, is challenging Irish manufacturing to assess and incorporate global trends in all future planning. It comes as the company, headquartered in Glasnevin, Dublin, published its study, Imagine 2050: the future of water, waste and energy.
The paper was developed with academics and futurists to identify concisely the […]
Dublin-based Solar AdTek, the leading developer and supplier of innovative solar powered lighting for outdoor advertising, has completed an upgrade of 1,800 bus shelter units across Ireland and significantly decreased their carbon emissions. SolarAdTek is responsible for the delivery of the bus shelter lighting project which is being funded by the ESB in a partnership arrangement […]
Blockbusters Environmental Services recently recruited six new staff with support from Invest Northern Ireland and has now won a new contract in Great Britain as a result. The company will be providing its specialist drainage and environmental services to an award-winning UK construction and fit-out contractor for its London based construction projects.
Speaking about the company’s […]
Calor Gas, Ireland’s longest established supplier of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), has launched Ireland’s first certified renewable LPG for homes and businesses. Calor BioLPG will be available throughout Ireland and will allow customers to switch to a green clean renewable alternative. Calor BioLPG is certified at EU level, as offering up to 90% lower emissions […]
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has commenced a 6 week pre-draft public consultation process on a new Local Area Plan (LAP) for Ballyogan and Environs. Following this consultation period, a draft LAP will be produced to help frame development in the area over the coming 6 years. The areas covered will include Ballyogan, Kilgobbin, The Gallops/Glencairn (Leopardstown) […]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Energy Show, Ireland’s leading business energy event returns to the RDS on Wednesday, 18 April and Thursday, 19 April 2018.
The annual free event, features 150 exhibitors of sustainable energy technologies and services, and is a must for those who want to network, learn, build business opportunities and experience the latest […]
ABP Food Group’s Renewables Division, Olleco, has announced the acquisition of an anaerobic digestion (AD) facility at Westcott Park, Buckinghamshire in England from Renewi plc, a leading waste-to-product business, for an undisclosed sum. The facility has capacity to process 96,000 tonnes of food waste each year and produce up to 3.2 Mw of green electricity […]
The EPA has released data and information on composting and anaerobic digestion in Ireland for 2016. The data updates the National Waste Statistics web resource, launched by the EPA in recent months.
Commenting on the figures, Stephen Treacy, EPA, said: “The EPA welcomes the increase in the amount of biodegradable waste being accepted for recycling at composting […]
Irish businesses have yet to make the switch to renewable energy but are looking for cleaner energy alternatives, according to new research from Calor Gas. Just 11% of Irish businesses report that they are using renewable energy. Of the businesses not using renewable energy, 85% are open to switching to a renewable alternative.
The figures were […]
Half way through the implementation of the EU’s action plan for a maritime strategy in the Atlantic, an independent study finds it has spurred over 1200 new maritime projects and nearly €6 billion of investments so far. Most projects target environmental protection and innovation, as well as improved connectivity and social inclusion.
Examples include the development of marine renewable energy […]
Kingspan, the global leader in high performance insulation and building envelope solutions, has reported its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2017.
2017 was a significant year for Kingspan which, despite its challenges, was a record period for the group. Revenue rose by 18.0% to €3.7 billion, and trading profit grew by 10.7% to […]
Ireland will this year play host to Europe’s biggest summit on Climate Innovation, as part of an official programme of events to mark the first-ever Year of Sustainable Business 2018. Over 50 nationwide events and initiatives will be held this year as part of the €1.5 million programme to position Ireland as a global hub […]
The Government has published The National Development Plan 2018–2027, the most recent in the series of such capital plans adopted since 1988. The National Development Plan 2018–2027 is an ambitious plan designed to drive Ireland’s long term economic, environmental and social progress across all parts of the country over the next decade. The plan is […]
The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has published new data demonstrating the correlation between the market uptake of electrically-chargeable vehicles (ECVs) and both GDP and customer incentives. Based on these new findings, ACEA calls for an ambitious but more realistic approach to the electrification of Europe’s car fleet.
ACEA’s new data shows that an ECV market share of […]
The European Commission is taking Ireland back to the Court of Justice of the EU for its failure to comply with part of the Court judgement of 3 July 2008 (C-215/06, Commission v Ireland), by not properly carrying out an environmental impact assessment for the Derrybrien wind farm in County Galway in Ireland.
Although the Derrybrien wind farm was constructed […]
Lidl Ireland has signed the Food Waste Forum Charter as part of the Retail Action Group for Food Waste. This charter sees Lidl commit to reduce food waste through the redistribution of surplus food. As part of the Food Waste Charter, Lidl has pledged to build an awareness and understanding of food waste and its […]
Three counties have come together to create a low carbon, energy efficient zone which they say will be a unique magnet for internationally-trading companies looking for a near zero emissions European base and access to a major talent pool. Partners from across Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford involved in the newly-established 3 Counties Energy Agency (3CEA) say the new […]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has published its annual results for 2017. It shows a record €105 million government investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, allocated through the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE). This included €70 million investment in home and community energy upgrades, 40% of which went to […]
The first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics, has been adopted. It is a part of the transition towards a more circular economy.
It is designed to protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the Future of Europe. There is a strong business case for transforming the way […]
NI Water, the Department for Infrastructure, Education Authority and the Department of Education have announced that an innovative new rainwater garden to help reduce the risk of flooding has been completed at Clandeboye Primary School. £70,000 has been invested in the garden, which is an innovative flagship project for NI Water and the Department for […]
Dell is announcing an industry-first pilot to use recycled gold from used electronics in new computer motherboards, which will ship in the award-winning Latitude 5285 2-in-1s starting this spring. The pilot follows a successful feasibility study on server motherboards. The closed-loop gold process could support the creation of millions of new motherboards in the next year. It […]
The appointment of McHale Plant Sales as distributors of Komatsu Forest timber harvesting machinery and Terex Ecotec environmental and waste recovery equipment, which includes waste shredders and wood chipping machinery, is one that managing director, Michael McHale says ‘will augur well’ for the Birdhill and Rathcoole-based firm.
Following a highly successful year in which sales volumes […]
Terex Corporation, one of the world’s leading specialist plant and machinery manufacturers, has appointed Birdhill and Rathcoole-based McHale Plant Sales as distributors in Ireland, north and south, of its Terex Ecotec range of environmental and waste recovery equipment.
In its complete form, the Terex Ecotec range consists of high, medium and slow-speed shredders, trommel waste separator […]
Ireland is not on track to meet its 2020 targets or to decarbonise its economy by 2050, according to the Climate Change Advisory Council’s first Annual Review. “The actions in the current National Mitigation Plan do not put Ireland on a pathway to achieve our 2020 targets or our long term decarbonisation objective,” said Chair […]
The amount of packaging waste material being generated in Ireland from online shopping outside the State is growing by 28% per annum and is now over 7,000 tonnes of waste per year. Yet online retailers from outside the state, such as Amazon and others are using a loop hole in the law to avoid not spending […]
124 communities across Ireland are now part of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Sustainable Energy Communities network, a rapidly expanding national movement towards a cleaner energy future. The communities have committed to developing long-term energy plans with the assistance of SEAI. The network has doubled in size in 2017, as momentum gathers in […]
Intel Ireland has announced that 100% of all electricity supplied to its Leixlip campus in 2016 was generated from indigenous renewable sources, making Intel one of the largest voluntary, private purchasers of renewable energy in the country. This action forms part of Intel Ireland’s multi-faceted approach to reduce its impact on the environment and to support […]
Ireland’s business community is forging ahead with innovations and actions in the area of climate change because it makes good business sense. Those who ignore the sustainability agenda will simply be left behind, according to Sustainable Nation Ireland the body that promotes Ireland as a hub for sustainable investment and business.
Responding to a new Climate […]
Irish Water is preparing for the future with the development of the first National Water Resources Plan (NWRP). The plan will outline how we move towards a sustainable, secure and reliable drinking water supply for everyone over the next 25 years, whilst safeguarding our environment. The NWRP will outline how Irish Water intends to maintain […]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) recently announced the winners of its Sustainable Energy Awards at a gala event which saw Dairygold, Astellas Ireland and M50 Concession Ltd receive awards. The Awards recognise excellence in energy management in businesses, communities and public sector organisations.
Astellas Ireland, a pharmaceutical company manufacturing a range of health treatments […]
The EPA’s latest report on air quality shows that burning of solid fuel is the biggest threat to good air quality in Ireland, followed by emissions from vehicle exhausts. Despite monitored air quality being within EU limit values we face challenges in maintaining this position. And, at a number of locations, air quality failed to […]
As the Irish Government proposes a 15¢ levy on disposable coffee cups, Coffeeangel and Friends of the Earth are moving ahead with an innovative solution to tackle waste from the café sector. With 2 million disposable coffee cups a day in Ireland going into landfills, waste from the café sector has reached worrying proportions. Many solutions have been […]
Following four days of presentations and deliberation, the Citizens’ Assembly voted to make 13 recommendations for State action on climate change . The Stop Climate Chaos coalition described the the outcome as “a clarion call for the Government to immediately step up climate action.”
Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth, commented: “These common-sense, practical recommendations […]
Biscuit manufacturer East Coast Bakehouse has achieved Origin Green membership. To achieve Origin Green accreditation, East Coast Bakehouse had to show sustainability timelines and targets, which were then verified to an independent standard. Included in the plan were commitments to sustainable sourcing, environmentally friendly operations, and a range of community initiatives.
Alison Cowzer, co-founder of East Coast […]
Kingspan, a global leader in high performance insulation, building fabric, and solar integrated building envelopes, has been named for the third year in a row on The Climate ‘A List’ by CDP, the international not-for-profit organisation that measures the environmental impact of thousands of companies around the world. Kingspan is one of only two Irish companies […]
By Martin Kunz, EMEA Segment Leader, Industry with Xylem’s Applied Water Systems business
Only 2.5 percent of the world’s water is fresh water, and of that, only one percent is accessible as much is trapped in glaciers and snowfields. By one estimate, global fresh water demand will exceed supply by 40 percent in 2030 if current […]
Making Europe’s production, consumption and trade in food environmentally sustainable is possible, but it will require a major shift in public attitudes, policies and knowledge and seizing current opportunities for change, according to a newly published European Environment Agency (EEA) report.
The EEA report ‘Food in a green light,’ analyses the challenges Europe faces in shifting […]
The national body charged with helping Ireland to transition to a low-carbon economy has welcomed a new agreement by Microsoft to become one of the first multinational technology companies to support a new wind project in Ireland. Microsoft Corp. has announced a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with GE to purchase 100 percent of the […]
The Government has officially launched the 5-year Acclimatize project (www.acclimatize.eu/), a new €6.7 million climate change research initiative, with Professor Andrew J. Deeks, President, University College Dublin (UCD). The project has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Programme 2014-2020.
The overall objective of the project, led by UCD in partnership with […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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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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 […]
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 […]