Overall quality of Ireland’s environment is not what it should be, and the outlook is not optimistic unless we accelerate action – EPA

The outlook for Ireland’s environment is not optimistic unless we accelerate the implementation of solutions across all sectors and society. Climate and biodiversity are two of the key challenges we need to address. An investment in the environment is also an investment in our health. Environmental indicators are going in the wrong direction across many […]

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decrease as coal and peat in electricity is phased out

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.5 per cent in 2019. This is the largest annual reduction in emissions since 2011. Despite the decrease, Ireland is still not on the pathway required to meet future targets and a climate neutral economy. Energy Industries emissions decreased by 11 per cent with a significant decrease in coal […]

Climate Bill’s ambition must be increased and loopholes closed

On the eve of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action’s first meeting to discuss their recommendations to Minister Eamon Ryan on Climate Bill, the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition publish key demands informed by new expert testimony. The Stop Climate Chaos coalition of over 40 civil society organisations today published its recommendations for amendments to the draft Climate […]

Food Waste is robbing you blind: freeze your food before its use-by date to save money and reduce global greenhouse emissions

Food waste is costing Irish households up to €700 per year, and 68% say that food passing its use-by date is the main reason we throw out food. Latest EPA survey reports that only 10% of people rate themselves as good at keeping track of food in the fridge. EPA campaign highlights that freezing is […]

Uncertainty and delays in delivering critical wastewater infrastructure is undermining confidence and prolonging risks to public

Raw sewage from 35 towns and villages flows into our environment every day, with 33 areas unlikely to receive treatment until after 2021. Treatment at 19 of Ireland’s 172 large towns and cities, including Dublin and Cork, failed to meet standards set to prevent pollution.  This is down from 28 over the past two years. […]

A Just Transition has to be Circular, Members of the European Parliament agree

The European Parliament’s plenary vote yesterday made clear that a circular economy is a precondition for a just energy transition in Europe – a positive step that couples climate solutions with zero waste solutions and points towards stronger circularity in the future. Yesterday’s vote by the European Parliament (1) narrowly avoided presenting incineration and Waste-to-Energy as a […]

Shannon Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import project suffers second set-back in one week

Last Thursday, 10th September, New Fortress Energy, the company behind the controversial Shannon LNG project, suffered a second blow in a week to its plans to bring US fracked gas to Ireland. US Governors have blocked the company’s plans to build an export terminal in New Jersey. See full press release on this below, released by Catskill Mountainkeeper, an […]

The Irish Ladybird Research Project calls on the public to help log records

Fota Wildlife Park along with the Irish Research Council co-fund the Irish Ladybird Research Project and the project scholar, Gill Weyman, is based at Fota Wildlife Park and School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences in University College Cork. Gill is now calling on the public in the Glanmire, Ballincollig and Cork City areas to […]

Environmental Groups Applaud New Provisions in Ireland’s new Waste Action Plan

Environmental groups, VOICE and the Concious Cup Campaign, have welcomed the government’s new Waste Action Plan and its focus on waste prevention and the circular economy. One of Minister Eamon Ryan’s first actions as Minister for the Environment is to push forward a progressive and impactful Plan that will start Ireland’s journey to reduce its […]

IFOAM EU welcomes landmark decision to put organic at the heart of future European food system

IFOAM EU welcomes the EU Biodiversity and Farm to Fork (F2F) strategies and the target to reach 25% organic land in Europe by 2030, as well as measures to boost the demand for organic products through promotion schemes and green public procurements. Jan Plagge, IFOAM EU President, stated: “Proposing an EU target for organic land […]

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