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£70,000 Rainwater Garden Completed at Clandeboye Primary School!

    £70,000 Rainwater Garden Completed at Clandeboye Primary School!

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 […]

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Dell Turns E-waste into New Treasures With Industry-first Gold Recycling Programme

    Dell Turns E-waste into New Treasures With Industry-first Gold Recycling Programme

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 […]

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Deadline For Applications For €75,000 ‘Get Ireland Growing’ Fund Looming

    Deadline For Applications For €75,000 ‘Get Ireland Growing’ Fund Looming

GIY and Energia are calling on people across to the country to get growing their own food in 2018 and are offering all budding growers the opportunity to apply for funding from the ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’ €75,000 funding pool.
Grants from the Energia Get Ireland Growing Fund will be split across three categories ‘Sow’, ‘Grow’ and […]

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Climate Change Advisory Council Calls For Urgent New Measures to Reduce Carbon Emissions

    Climate Change Advisory Council Calls For Urgent New Measures to Reduce Carbon Emissions

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 […]

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Packaging Waste From Online Retailers Growing By 28% Per Year

    Packaging Waste From Online Retailers Growing By 28% Per Year

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 […]

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Over 120 Communities Nationwide Working on Long-term Energy Plans With SEAI

    Over 120 Communities Nationwide Working on Long-term Energy Plans With SEAI

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 […]

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GIY and Energia Want to ‘Get Ireland Growing’ With €75,000 Fund

    GIY and Energia Want to ‘Get Ireland Growing’ With €75,000 Fund

GIY in partnership with Energia have launched ‘Energia Get Ireland Growing’, a €75,000 pool of funding available to enable food growing by community and voluntary organisations all across Ireland including Northern Ireland. The application period is open until 19th January, 2018.
The ‘Get Ireland Growing’ initiative has to date supported almost 500 community food growing projects, positively […]

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Intel Goes 100% Renewable to Power 360-acre Leixlip Campus

    Intel Goes 100% Renewable to Power 360-acre Leixlip Campus

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 […]

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Climate Change a Key Priority For Irish Business

    Climate Change a Key Priority For Irish Business

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 […]

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Irish Water Preparing For the Future With Development of National Water Resources Plan (NWRP)

    Irish Water Preparing For the Future With Development of National Water Resources Plan (NWRP)

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 […]

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SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards Recognise Commitment of Irish Businesses

    SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards Recognise Commitment of Irish Businesses

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 […]

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Burning Solid Fuel is Biggest Threat to Good Air Quality in Ireland

    Burning Solid Fuel is Biggest Threat to Good Air Quality in Ireland

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 […]

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HUB Controls is Named One of Top 3 Global Cleantech Firms

    HUB Controls is Named One of Top 3 Global Cleantech Firms

An Irish company has been placed in a prestigious global list of the Top 3 companies who have achieved outstanding innovation in the cleantech sector. At an event in London, HUB Controls, a Tallaght-based company which makes a device that regulates temperatures in the home, was recognised in the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) Top 3.
HUB Controls […]

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Coffeeangel Tackles Cup Waste With Friends of the Earth

    Coffeeangel Tackles Cup Waste With Friends of the Earth

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 […]

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Citizens’ Assembly Issues Clarion Call For Government to Step Up Climate Action

    Citizens’ Assembly Issues Clarion Call For Government to Step Up Climate Action

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 […]

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Efforts to Prevent Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

    Efforts to Prevent Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA), the independent state agency responsible for the regulation of the sea-fisheries and the seafood production sectors, co-hosted a workshop with the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) in Dublin recently as part of EFCA’s efforts to prevent illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The workshop, which was attended by fisheries inspectors […]

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East Coast Bakehouse Achieves Origin Green Membership

    East Coast Bakehouse Achieves Origin Green Membership

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 […]

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Thirsty Business – How Water Reuse Can Benefit the Food and Beverage Industry

    Thirsty Business – How Water Reuse Can Benefit the Food and Beverage Industry

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 […]

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Shift to Sustainable Food System in Europe is Possible – But Faces Challenges

    Shift to Sustainable Food System in Europe is Possible – But Faces Challenges

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 […]

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Microsoft’s New Irish Wind Energy Agreement

    Microsoft’s New Irish Wind Energy Agreement

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 […]

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SEAI and OPW Partner on Energy Saving Pilot Programme

    SEAI and OPW Partner on Energy Saving Pilot Programme

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is working in partnership with the Office of Public Works (OPW) to help make government buildings more energy and cost efficient with the added benefit of making them warmer and healthier places to work. The Central Government Building Upgrade Fund, funded by SEAI and administered by the OPW, […]

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SEAI Says Budget 2018 Shows New Urgency to Deliver a Cleaner Future

    SEAI Says Budget 2018 Shows New Urgency to Deliver a Cleaner Future

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has welcomed the increased funding allocated to it in Budget 2018, which it says highlights Ireland’s commitment  to invest in energy efficiency,  deliver greater change at community level, and  to further decarbonise our energy system.

Key announcements included:

Energy efficiency programmes targeted at reducing CO2 emissions from the built environment will […]

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Thermo King manufacturing facility in Galway with zero waste to landfill

    Thermo King manufacturing facility in Galway with zero waste to landfill

The Galway manufacturing facility of Thermo King, a manufacturer of transport temperature control solutions for a variety of mobile applications and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has become one of the first Ingersoll Rand sites to manage zero waste to landfill.
The sustainability push in the Thermo King Galway factory builds on the Ingersoll Rand Climate Commitment made […]

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20 year anniversary for leading water recycling company

    20 year anniversary for leading water recycling company

Aquabio Ltd, one of the UK’s leading water re-use companies, is celebrating 20 years in the industry. The company was originally set up as a private business in 1997 with a strong ethos for innovation and environmental sustainability. This has led to the company developing some of the world’s most advanced systems for the treatment […]

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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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Green Credentials of Ireland’s Dairy Sector Could be Key to Addressing Climate Change Challenge

    Green Credentials of Ireland’s Dairy Sector Could be Key to Addressing Climate Change Challenge

The impact of climate change represents a significant opportunity for Ireland’s Dairy Sector but also poses a threat, a special industry conference held recently at the Teagasc Ashtown conference centre, Dublin, heard. The conference included details of a safefood sponsored research project which surveyed dairy industry stakeholders to determine their level of awareness of the potential impacts […]

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