Imagine a future where Irish consumers will be able to gift or sell their solar power across their neighbourhood as well as sharing and managing their own electricity in a myriad of new ways. EnerPort, a new project launched at the recent International Energy Research Centre (IERC) Annual Conference, aims to accelerate peer-to-peer energy trading […]
Ireland is represented in a major new international partnership to drive the global growth in green finance and sustainable investment, which was launched recently in London. Sustainable Nation Ireland, the body that promotes Ireland as hub for green finance, is part of the Northern European Partnership for Sustainable Finance (NEPSF), which was launched at its […]
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Dachser Rail Services between Europe and Asia
With Dachser Rail Services, the global logistics provider offers an alternative to air and sea freight that has been optimized for time and cost. The […]
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 […]
Swedish native Birgitta Curtin (pictured), who founded and runs the Burren Smokehouse in Co. Clare, has won the overall prize for Seafood at the recent Green Awards. Birgitta’s unending focus on sustainable sourcing and practices in her seafood business were given particular mention.
Birgitta set up the Burren Smokehouse in Lisdoonvarna in 1989 with a staff […]
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 […]
Smart Energy Services, a business line in ESB, is to deliver €150 million in savings on energy costs for over 300 large businesses in Ireland and the UK by 2020, in response to growing demand.
Smart Energy Services provides consultancy, capital funding, energy management services and implementation of energy projects for businesses who are large users […]
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced a research fund of over €2.5 million to support cutting-edge research, development and demonstration energy projects in 2018. The Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) Funding Programme aims to develop new energy solutions that can help our homes, businesses and communities become more energy efficient and deliver a cleaner energy future.
Policies should aim to rebalance growth by encouraging regional development led by a small number of large urban centres outside Dublin, according to new ESRI research. If the current pattern of growth continues, it will lead to a further gap in prosperity between Dublin and the rest of the country. In Dublin, it will lead to additional […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]