EU LIFE Programme: €380 million for 168 new green projects all around Europe

Today, the EU Commission has approved more than €380 million of funding for 168 new projects across Europe under the LIFE Programme for the environment and climate action. At the heart of the European Green Deal, LIFE projects can help the EU become climate-neutral by 2050 and reach climate, energy and environmental goals. They support biodiversity, nature restoration and a circular economy while contributing to the clean energy transition across the continent. The funding is a 27% increase on last year’s funding, and will mobilise a […]

Aurivo partner with FoodCloud to help combat food waste

Aurivo Co-Operative is partnering with food social enterprise programme, FoodCloud to combat food waste by sending quality, surplus milk products to FoodCloud’s network of charities and community groups. The partnership will ensure that people in need will have access to Aurivo’s quality products, while also eliminating food waste through FoodCloud’s Galway redistribution warehouse where food will […]

Climate Ambassador Peter Bracken Wins Outstanding Achievement Award

In 2022, Climate Ambassadors completed 661 climate actions, directly engaging over 274,000 people, creating 2,671 climate communications, and reaching an estimated 5.6 million people! The Climate Ambassador Awards were held on Friday, November 18th, serving to recognise the tremendous effort and dedication demonstrated throughout the year. Each Climate Ambassador received a certificate of recognition, with […]

Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action launches report on Biodiversity

The Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action today launched its Report on Biodiversity, which makes 75 recommendations across five key themes identified during engagements with stakeholders and through submissions to the Committee. Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Brian Leddin said: “This report points the way towards how we restore biodiversity in nature and how to best reap […]

Huge increase in number of people reporting ‘Climate Anxiety’ according to mental health charity, Turn2Me

Turn2Me, a national mental health charity, stated there has been a huge increase in the number of people with climate-related anxieties in Ireland. The charity stated that people from every age category have reported climate-related anxieties, and the common related feelings include despair, frustration, hopelessness, and disillusion. The charity said that young people in particular […]

Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action to discuss Irish experience of community-led climate action

The Joint Committee on Environment and Climate Action will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, 8 November, with representatives from the Public Participation Network (PPN) to discuss the Irish experience of community-led climate action. Speaking ahead of the meeting at 11am in Committee Room 3 of Leinster House, Committee Cathaoirleach Deputy Brian Leddin said: “Local communities have a […]

Poorly treated sewage continues to harm the quality of our rivers, lakes and coastal waters, says EPA

Just half (51 per cent) of Ireland’s sewage was treated to the European Union standards set to protect our environment, well below the EU average of 90 per cent. Works to eliminate raw sewage flowing into seas and rivers from 32 towns and villages have commenced or are due to start by 2024. Irish Water […]

Water quality of our rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal areas continues to decline, says EPA

Water quality in Ireland has further declined.  While improvements are being made in some areas, these are being offset by declines in water quality elsewhere. At the current level of progress, Ireland will fail to meet the EU and national goal of restoring all waters to good or better status by 2027 Only just over […]

Ireland’s ‘Reuse Month 2022’ – Promoting the repair and reuse of old and discarded items

Reuse Month 2022, hosted by Ireland’s three Regional Waste Management Planning Offices (Eastern-Midlands, Southern and Connacht-Ulster) is taking place throughout the month of October. Demonstrating the value found in repairing and reusing older, everyday items, Reuse Month brings awareness to Ireland’s growing Circular Economy. By using and reusing items for as long and as often […]

Some short-term relief but not yet the energy revolution we need

Friends of the Earth has welcomed some of the short-term measures in Budget 2023 but said the overall package still lacks the scale and urgency to drive the energy revolution we need to get off unreliable, skyrocketing fossil fuels for good. Commenting, Friends of the Earth Chief Executive, Oisín Coghlan said: Fuel allowance and retrofitting […]

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