EPA competition asks second-level students to consider the global impact of their everyday decisions – The Story of Your Stuff

“Now more than ever, we can’t lose sight of our power as individuals to bring about change,” says EPA Second-level students from across Ireland are asked to consider the global consequences of local actions as the EPA launches The Story of Your Stuff competition 2022. The competition asks students to think about the wider environmental […]

IFA and Bord Gáis Energy Launch New Solar Energy Pilot

IFA and Bord Gáis Energy launched a comprehensive solar pilot for farmers today. The project, which has been in development for over a year, reached a key milestone this week with the successful installation and commissioning of two farms. Martin Stapleton, Chairman of IFA Member Services said, “IFA and Bord Gáis Energy have invested a […]

Over 4,000 Householders benefit from MyWaste.ie’s Food Waste Separation Roadshow

More than 4,000 households have benefited from MyWaste.ie’s Food Waste Separation Road Show which visited 11 locations across the country in November and December this year.   As part of the roadshow MyWaste.ie’s Food Waste Separation Teams travelled to some of Ireland’s largest towns, met with shoppers, and handed out free household food waste separation […]

More focused and co-ordinated enforcement is needed by local authorities to protect water and air quality, cautions EPA

Local authority inspection numbers remained high (180,000 in 2020) despite the impact of COVID-19. However, water inspections decreased by 30 per cent and air and noise inspections decreased by 10 per cent. Focused water quality enforcement and follow through on non-compliances in key areas such as farm and septic tank inspections needs improvement. The burning of non-complaint […]

Vulnerability of Ireland’s drinking water supplies must be urgently addressed by Irish Water, says EPA

The quality of drinking water from public supplies is high, with over 99.7% of samples compliant with bacterial and chemical limits. At the end of 2020, 46 vulnerable water supplies – serving 1 million people – required significant works, with over half experiencing delays. Over 15,500 people were on boil water notices for longer than […]

Study identifies nature and potential demand for skills within the Renewable Energy, Residential Retrofit and Electric Vehicle sectors

Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English TD, the Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, and Minister of State for Communications and the Circular Economy, Ossian Smyth TD today launched a new report by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) – ‘Skills for Zero Carbon – The […]

COP On – Go Green for a Sustainable Economy!

Champion Green rallies Support for Local with Green Friday Launch One in Four expect to Spend More this Christmas Turn your back on Black and make it a Green Friday on November 26th next, is the message from Champion Green this holiday season. The support local campaign has launched shopper promotions and advertising to encourage […]

Large decrease in air pollution from traffic in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions

While air quality in Ireland in 2020 was generally good there are worrying localised issues. Air pollution from traffic fell at all monitoring stations, particularly at urban roadside locations, as a consequence of reduced traffic volumes due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, Ireland was above World Health Organization (WHO) air quality guidelines for particulate matter (PM), […]

New CSO Figures Show Peat Exports Continuing at over 35,000 Tons a Month

Figures released on Thursday by the Central Statistics Office for August and September show that exports of peat for 2021 are now over 500,000 tons with 70,725 tons added in August and September alone. ‘The industry’s claim that exports are a matter of the past is not borne out by the newly released figures’ said […]

Minister Ryan announces €60 million for community climate action projects across Ireland and the launch of a new National Dialogue on Climate Action from COP26

The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan T.D., has announced €60 million in funding from the Climate Action Fund for community climate action projects, and a new long-term structure to support public engagement on climate action.  The Minister made the announcement from COP26 in Glasgow at an online event, which gathered people from all over Ireland […]

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