Ireland’s ambitious Climate Act signed into law

The journey to Net Zero emissions has begun The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has welcomed the signature by the President today of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021. Ireland is now on a legally binding path to net-Zero emissions no later than 2050, and to […]

Save €700 per year by taking simple steps to reduce food waste

The average Irish family will save €700 per year by taking simple steps to reduce their food waste. Vegetables, fruit and salad are the foods that are thrown out most often in the home. Ireland has committed to halving food waste by 2030. Scientists estimate that food waste produces up to 10 per cent of […]

Minister Ryan announces package of supports to expand community energy revolution

Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has today launched a range of new of measures to ensure communities nationwide will benefit from renewable energy. The package includes: Targeted supports for communities who want to develop their own renewable projects Good Practice Principles that will ensure communities benefit from funds generated by […]

Development organisations call for urgent changes to Climate Bill’s definition of “Climate Justice”

In a letter published today, the organisations said it would be better to have no definition of “climate justice” than to use the Bill’s current, misleading definition  Leading international development organisations, Oxfam Ireland, Christian Aid Ireland, Concern and Trócaire, have today published a letter [1] to all TDs and senators, seeking an urgent change to the definition […]

Fixing septic tanks that fail inspection is a priority, says EPA

Over half (54%) of septic tank systems failed inspection in 2020. Three quarters of systems failing inspection since 2013 have been fixed, but failure to resolve older cases is a concern. Grants of up to €5,000 are available to fix systems.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the report Domestic Waste Water Treatment System Inspections […]

€625,000 funding opportunity for innovative Irish businesses in the Circular Economy

 The EPA’s Green Enterprise: Innovation for a Circular Economy fund worth €625,000 is now open for applications. Applications for project funding in the range of €50k to €100k are invited, to support Irish businesses develop circular solutions in product and service design, production, distribution, use of resources – including raw materials and waste reduction. The fund is […]

Friends of the Earth Netherlands wins climate case against Shell

For the first time in history, a judge has held a corporation liable for causing dangerous climate change. Today, as a result of legal action brought by Friends of the Earth Netherlands (Milieudefensie) together with 17,000 co-plaintiffs and six other organisations the court in The Hague ruled that Shell must reduce its CO2 emissions by […]

€10.5 million funding for research to support the development and implementation of environmental policies in Ireland

The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help address climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems. With up to €10.5 million available for new research projects, the funding will be provided under four themes: Addressing climate change evidence needs Facilitating a green and circular economy Delivering a healthy environment Protecting […]

Ireland’s power generation and industrial emissions drop by 6.4 percent in 2020

In 2020, greenhouse gas emissions from Irish power generation and industrial companies – covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme – fell by 6.4 per cent. Emissions decreased by 8.4 per cent from the electricity generation sector, due to more renewable energy and less fossil fuels. The overall decrease in industrial emissions is 3.5 per […]

EPA has started a 3-year project that will improve the level of air quality information

EPA has started a 3-year project that will improve the level of air quality information available to the public and policy makers in Ireland. LIFE EMERALD is part funded by the European Commission LIFE funding programme. The main objectives are:o  an operational 3-day ambient air quality forecast;o near real-time mapping of the main air pollutants throughout […]

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