Introduction of incentivised waste collection charges will increase sustainability in the commercial sector

The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has signed new legislation to introduce incentivised charging for waste collection in the commercial sector. The Waste Management (Collection Permit) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2023 will come into effect on 1st July 2023.  A study published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2018 found that […]

Publication of the independent expert review on the North-South Interconnector

Strategic project is critical for security of electricity supply and will reduce the cost of electricity for consumers across the island of Ireland The Cabinet has today noted the independent expert review on the North-South Interconnector, which has been published on The review found that the conclusions of the 2018 International Expert Commission on the decision to build […]

Government approves the General Scheme of legislation to address windfall gains in the energy sector

The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has announced Government approval of the General Scheme of the Energy (Windfall Gains in the Energy Sector) Bill 2023. The legislation is necessary to implement the temporary solidarity contribution and the cap on market revenues to address windfall gains in the energy sector. The […]

IPCC Synthesis Report underlines importance of the Government’s commitment to scaling and speeding up Ireland’s climate action

Statement from Minister Ryan The stark report that has been released today by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) confirms that, with global warming having already reached 1.1°C above pre-industrial levels, climate change is causing widespread and increasingly-irreversible losses and damages. We have a rapidly-closing window of opportunity to maintain a liveable future for […]

Minister Ryan and Minister O’Gorman welcome the convening of the second National Youth Assembly on Climate

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport, Eamon Ryan TD, and Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman TD, welcome the convening of the National Youth Assembly on Climate 2023 this weekend in Dublin. The National Youth Assembly on Climate is a forum where young people aged between […]

Government publishes Phase I report of the Land Use Review

The Government has today published Phase I of the Land Use Review, which provides an evidence base to determine the environmental, ecological and economic characteristics of land types across Ireland.  This preliminary review gathered evidence about stakeholders; existing policy; and environmental, social and economic characteristics of land use to date. It gives us an holistic […]

Fostering Fortnight 6th of March – 17th of March 2023

Have you ever thought about fostering a child or young person in care? Well now could be your time. The 6th of March marks the start of Fostering Fortnight. Fostering Fortnight takes place every year and the aim is to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers in Ireland. We are continuously recruiting […]

The ‘generational divide’ doesn’t exist – poverty is common to all ages

by Seán Moynihan CEO ALONE There is a perception that we often come across in society. That is, that older people are ‘wealthier’, often home- and property-owners, and have generally received support from the Government on issues relating to their income and pensions. It is a particularly dangerous view to have today, as younger people […]

Expanded supports for businesses to invest in energy efficiency and renewable heating

The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) and the Excellence in Energy Efficient Design (EXEED) have, to date, provided support of over €50 million to 300 businesses across multiple sectors Increased supports are now available for energy efficiency, heat pump and biomass installations – to support business to improve efficiency and switch from fossil fuels […]

EPA inspections find that the Food & Drink and Waste Sectors continue to dominate the EPA National Priority Site List

Thirteen sites were identified as National Priority Sites in 2022, six of these sites were from the Food & Drink sector and five were from the Waste sector.  The most common issues identified at these sites were non-compliance with emission limit values, poor operation of waste water treatment plants and the handling and storage of […]

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