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Environment Ireland

Sustainability
(Jul 26, 2021)

Environment Ireland® - Ireland’s major environmental policy and management conference - will take place on 18 - 19 January 2022 at Croke Park, Dublin.

 

Ireland’s ambitious Climate Act signed into law

Climate Change
(Jul 26, 2021)

The Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, has welcomed the signature by the President of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021.

 

WEEE Ireland, key industry and training partners launch new ‘Circular Economy Skills Initiative’ Electrical Repair Course

Sustainability
(Jul 26, 2021)

Ireland is set to train a new generation of repair technicians to prevent thousands of tonnes of electrical appliances going to waste.

 

Cré Online Festival 2021 – The Future is Now

Recycling
(Jul 26, 2021)

This year the annual Cré Conference (21st, 22nd, 23rd September) will again be hosted as an online event of 2-hour sessions each day - enabling you the flexibility to pick the sessions that interest you most.

 

Sustainability officer tops list of jobs generating most buzz online

Sustainability
(Jul 26, 2021)

Analysis of tens of thousands of social media posts on LinkedIn, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram has revealed that 'sustainability officer' and 'renewables engineer' are among the jobs generating the most buzz online.

 

Electricity grid warnings ‘causing disquiet’ among multinationals, says IDA

Energy
(Jul 26, 2021)

Warnings that electricity demand was pushing supplies to their limit sparked concern among multinationals in the Republic, IDA Ireland has told regulators.

 

Dublin third most expensive city in Europe for construction costs

Infrastructure
(Jul 26, 2021)

Building in Dublin is more expensive than Paris as material and labour shortages have made the Irish capital Europe’s third-costliest city for construction, a new survey shows.

 

Consultation on the second SDG National Implementation Plan

Sustainability
(Jul 26, 2021)

The 2030 Agenda encourages countries to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into planning and policy, on both a national and international level.

 

Bord na Móna records €22m profit last year, its first since 2017

Sustainability
(Jul 26, 2021)

Bord na Móna earned a €22 million profit last year, its first since 2017, the State company has said.

 

Market research services required

Sustainability
(Jul 26, 2021)

As part of the Rediscovery Centre’s plans for increased public awareness of the Circular Economy, market research services are required.

 

Food waste crisis worse than thought, as farm waste tops one billion tonnes

Waste
(Jul 26, 2021)

The global food waste mountain could be considerably larger than previously thought, according to a major new analysis from WWF which reveals how over one billion tonnes of edible food is being wasted each year before it even leaves the farm where it is produced.


 

WEEKLY UPDATE - Recruuitment Notices
Corporate
(Jul 26, 2021)
Details of employment opportunities wanted or sought.

 

WEEKLY UPDATE - Local Authorities - Local Area / Development Plans
Infrastructure
(Jul 26, 2021)

WEEKLY UPDATE of local authorities' Local Area & Development Plans. These Plans, initially, are available for a period of public consultation.

 

WEEKLY UPDATE - Tenders
Tenders
(Jul 26, 2021)
WEEKLY UPDATE of list of current tenders in the relevant sectors.

 

Alternatives to plastic for covering maize explored

Agriculture
(Jul 26, 2021)

Along with the impending disappearance of peat moss and briquettes (due to Bórd na Móna ceasing peat harvesting), Ireland may soon have to manage without plastic covering to protect maize crops at sowing time.

 

First meeting of the National Bioeconomy Forum

Agriculture
(Jul 26, 2021)

Minister of State in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), Martin Heydon TD, along with Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, provided the opening addresses to the 1st meeting of the National Bioeconomy Forum.

 

Government causing the demise of the Irish horticultural sector - IFA

Agriculture
(Jul 26, 2021)

Officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Enterprise, Climate and Communications addressed the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture last week on the Impact of peat shortages on the horticulture industry.

 

Environmental rights must be preserved in the Constitution

Biodiversity
(Jul 26, 2021)

The Government should deliver on its promise to convene a Citizens’ Assembly on biodiversity loss - this would provide an opportune forum to discuss the insertion of environmental rights into the Constitution.

 

Draft Plan for Forests & Freshwater Pearl Mussel in Ireland

Biodiversity
(Jul 26, 2021)

A Draft Plan for Forests & Freshwater Pearl Mussel in Ireland has been published by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

 

Strategic Public/Private Partnerships hailed as approach to preserving and developing our natural, built and cultural heritage sites

Biodiversity
(Jul 26, 2021)

The Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, has welcomed the use of strategic partnerships between the public and private sector as an important means to greater protect, develop and manage Ireland’s natural, built and cultural heritage.

 

Sustainable soil management to unleash soil biodiversity potential and increase environmental, economic and social wellbeing

Biodiversity
(Jul 26, 2021)

In June 2021, the Horizon 2020 project, SOILGUARD, held its inaugural meeting online, kicking off its project activities.

 

Extreme heatwave 'almost certainly' linked to climate change, expert warns

Climate Change
(Jul 26, 2021)

Leading climate scientists are warning that last week's heatwave is a sign of things to come, with drought conditions now being experienced at water treatment plants across the country.

 

New park opens on former toxic waste dump in Cork

Contaminated Land
(Jul 26, 2021)

One of the biggest remediation projects ever undertaken in this country, which has transformed a toxic waste steel dump into a large public park at Cork Harbour, is now being used as a template across Europe as the way forward in reconstructing challenging sites with an industrial past.

 

Dublin City Council launches EU Programme Participation Strategy 2021-2027

Corporate
(Jul 26, 2021)

Dublin City Council's Economic Development Office and International Relations Office have hosted the launch of Dublin City Council's EU Programme Participation Strategy 2021 - 2027.

 

Commission approves €9.5m Irish scheme to support not-for-profit entities in the context of the coronavirus outbreak

Corporate
(Jul 26, 2021)

The European Commission has approved a €9.5 million Irish scheme to support not-for-profit regional, county and local entities affected by the coronavirus outbreak and the restrictive measures that the Irish government had to implement to limit the spread of the virus.

 

Limerick-based Arise Europe bought by ADEC Innovations

Corporate
(Jul 26, 2021)

Limerick-based Arise Europe has been bought by ADEC Innovations. The company’s employees will now join the 4,400 strong ADEC workforce, which are based across 16 countries, covering six continents.

 

€20bn needed annually to achieve emission reduction targets

Emissions
(Jul 26, 2021)

Agriculture is big business in Ireland, but is dwarfed by estimates of the potential price tag that accompanies the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2021, say legal analysts.

 

Public Consultation on the Draft Guidance for Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings

Energy
(Jul 26, 2021)

This draft guidance has been developed as an action of the Climate Action Plan 2019 (Action 50d) to develop guidance for retrofitting traditional buildings.

 

Floating wind energy can make Ireland a renewable superpower

Energy
(Jul 26, 2021)

Floating wind energy can transform Ireland into a European renewable energy superpower if the right policies are put in place to enable industry to start building floating wind farms in the 2020s.

 

New SEAI scheme will support SMEs to take control of their energy use

Energy
(Jul 26, 2021)

SEAI is encouraging Irish SMEs to take control of their energy use with the launch of a new support scheme.

 

Highfield secures €160m for two major solar PV projects

Energy
(Jul 26, 2021)

Highfield Solar has secured a €160m debt facility for the first two major Irish solar power projects.

 

Multi-million investment in Shannon to create 100 jobs

Energy
(Jul 26, 2021)

Up to 100 new high-tech jobs are to be created in Shannon. OLED Material Manufacturing and PPG confirmed a multi-million euro capital investment at its Co Clare plant.

 

Sustained Infrastructure issues together with inflated wholesale energy prices leading Pinergy to announce another price rise

Energy
(Jul 26, 2021)

Pinergy, the smart clean energy supply & solutions company has announced an increase to its standard residential energy prices from 23 August 2021.

 

Mainstream Renewable expands presence in Chile

Energy
(Jul 26, 2021)

Mainstream Renewable Power is expanding its presence in Chile. The company has announced plans for Nazca Renovables - a new, hybrid renewable energy platform in Chile with over 1 Gigawatt (GW) of capacity.

 

Bord Gáis profits tumble 34% in wake of Whitegate closure

Energy
(Jul 26, 2021)

Bord Gáis Energy suffered a 34% drop in profits in the first half of the year, largely due to the temporary closure of its Whitegate power plant in Co Cork, which is now not expected to reopen until November.

 

Put ‘Place’ first and commit to radical plan to support recovery of cities and towns, says Chambers Ireland in Budget 2022 submission

Infrastructure
(Jul 26, 2021)

Chambers Ireland has published its recommendations to Government ahead of Budget 2022.

 

Rule of Law: EU report shows positive developments in Member States but also points to serious concerns

Legislation
(Jul 26, 2021)

The European Commission has published the second EU-wide Report on the Rule of Law with a Communication looking at the situation in the EU as a whole and dedicated country chapters on each Member State.

 

NUI Galway aquaculture project to quantify ecosystem services provided by the Irish shellfish sector

Marine
(Jul 26, 2021)

A new research project, ShellAqua, aims to quantify the ecosystem services - that is the benefits to human wellbeing provided by the natural environment from healthy ecosystems, potentially provided by shellfish aquaculture.

 

Minister Hackett announces the results of the recent Call for Proposals for Woodland Support Projects for 2021/2022

Other News / Forestry
(Jul 26, 2021)

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Senator Pippa Hackett has announced the results of an Open Call by her Department for funding for Woodland Support Projects.

 

Chambers Ireland renews call for flexibility from employers to support staff vaccination

Other News / H&S
(Jul 26, 2021)

With all adults now eligible for vaccination, Chambers Ireland has renewed its call for employers to be flexible in accommodating the vaccination of their staff, so that the immunisation programme can proceed as fast and smoothly as possible.

 

Ministers announce the successful applicants under the €3m Pilot Bike and E-Bike Upcycling Initiative.

Recycling
(Jul 26, 2021)

Following the recent introduction by the Department of Rural and Community Development, in conjunction with the Department of Transport, of a pilot initiative to develop a scheme for the provision of high quality up-cycled bicycles and e-bikes, the successful applicants for the initiative have now been chosen.

 

‘We do not have time to wait for the kids to fix the planet’ – Elaine Butler on her zero-waste journey

Sustainability
(Jul 26, 2021)

It was five years ago when Elaine Butler made the discovery that dramatically changed the course of how she and her family live their lives.

 

Trial to spot bumps on the way to legalising use of e-scooters in public

Transport
(Jul 26, 2021)

An e-scooter hire scheme is doubling up as a mobile trouble-spotter in a trial taking place across Dublin university campuses.

 

Children’s plastic slide among rubbish left behind at Wicklow beauty spot

Waste
(Jul 26, 2021)

It's a caring parent who carries a slide to a local beauty spot and places it on the river’s edge to give the kids a fun waterslide on a hot day.

 

Sustainability, connectivity projects boosted by Microsoft alliance

Waste
(Jul 26, 2021)

A new Microsoft-led programme has yielded benefits for the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland and sustainability initiative My Waste, with two new concept projects designed to tackle issues of connectivity and sustainability.

 

People urged to conserve water amid significant increase in demand

Water
(Jul 26, 2021)

Irish Water is urging people to conserve water amid a significant increase in demand, although it says there are currently no plans to implement a Water Conservation Order - also known as a hosepipe ban.

 

Irish Water urged to make data centres retrofit technology to reduce their usage and preserve supply

Water
(Jul 26, 2021)

Irish Water is coming under pressure to take a tough stance with water-guzzling data centres as households are put under restrictions to try preserve supplies.

 

Why Irish rivers urgently require more swimmers in them

Water
(Jul 26, 2021)

It may seem a little paradoxical to suggest that what Irish rivers urgently require is more humans in them.

 

Sod turned on flagship reservoir project for the Greater Dublin Area

Water
(Jul 26, 2021)

Irish Water, in partnership with Dublin City Council and South Dublin County Council, has marked the start of the works on building a new reservoir in Saggart.

 

New wastewater infrastructure in Mayo officially opened

Water
(Jul 26, 2021)

Irish Water and Mayo County Council last week marked the official opening of Killala, Foxford and Charlestown Wastewater Treatment Plants, following a €19m investment which has ended the discharge of raw sewage to the environment in Co Mayo.

 

Glasgow joins Thriving Cities Initiative as it marks 100 day countdown to COP26

Climate Change
(Jul 26, 2021)

Glasgow has marked the start of the 100-day countdown to the COP26 Climate Summit by announcing it will take part in a 2-year pilot project run by the Thriving Cities Initiative that will see it develop and test innovative ways to tackle climate change and environmental degradation in a way that is fair to its citizens.

 

Mayors and unions pledge to deliver 'decade of action', as calls grow for bolder climate goals

Climate Change
(Jul 26, 2021)

With 100 days to go until the world comes together in Glasgow for the crucial COP26 Climate Summit, a group of city mayors and union leaders have committed to a 'decade of action' to tackle the climate crisis.

 

Could Germany's floods make climate an election issue?

Climate Change
(Jul 26, 2021)

No more survivors are likely to be found among the ruins left by floods in western Germany over the last week, rescue services have admitted.

 

John Kerry: 'We don't have the luxury of waiting until Covid is vanquished to take up the climate challenge'

Climate Change
(Jul 26, 2021)

US climate envoy John Kerry has urged nations and companies worldwide to unite in the urgent battle to drive down emissions just as many did to secure victory in World War Two, as he highlighted the private sector's "outsized role" in driving the net zero transition.

 

Online tool launched to give UK public their say on how to reach net zero

Emissions
(Jul 26, 2021)

People across the UK are being asked for their views on how the UK should get on track to reach net zero emissions over the coming decades, as part of an online initiative led by cross-party think tank Demos alongside conservation group WWF and energy firms National Grid and ScottishPower.

 

Wind leaders urge G20 to “get serious” on renewables

Energy
(Jul 26, 2021)

Chief executives from the world’s top companies in the wind industry sector have made a joint appeal to G20 members, urging them to increase efforts to phase out fossil fuels and increase wind energy production.

 

UK construction industry publishes sweeping net zero blueprint

Infrastructure
(Jul 26, 2021)

Diesel generators on construction sites could soon become a thing of the past, under a sweeping new strategy designed to accelerate decarbonisation efforts across the UK construction industry.

 

Commission launches public consultation on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Marine
(Jul 26, 2021)

The European Commission has launched a public consultation seeking the views of citizens, institutions and organisations from the public and private sectors on how to make the EU's Marine Strategy Framework Directive more efficient, effective and relevant to the ambitions set in the European Green Deal.

 

McDonald’s and TerraCycle’s Loop pilot reusable coffee cup initiative in England

Recycling
(Jul 26, 2021)

McDonald’s is piloting a reusable coffee cup scheme in partnership with TerraCycle’s reusable packaging service, Loop, to reduce single-use waste to landfills.

 

Prince of Wales and Sir Jony Ive launch green design competition

Sustainability
(Jul 26, 2021)

The Prince of Wales has teamed up with leading designer Sir Jony Ive to launch a new competition focused on encouraging the product designers of tomorrow to create "small designs that can make a big impact for the world's transition to a sustainable future".

 

Top firms sign up to Make My Money Matter Green Pensions Charter

Sustainability
(Jul 26, 2021)

Make My Money Matter's (MMMM) Green Pensions Charter has welcomed 11 new signatories, taking the total number signed up to 63.

 

Green New Deals in Action: Nine cities commit to simultaneously tackle inequality, social justice and climate change

Sustainability
(Jul 26, 2021)

C40 Cities have announced they are supporting nine mayors from cities around the world to deliver action to simultaneously address the connected issues of climate change, inequality, social justice and access to decent jobs.

 

Aviva launches Climate Transition Real Assets Fund

Sustainability
(Jul 26, 2021)

Aviva Investors has launched its Climate Transition Real Assets Fund, focusing particularly on supporting defined contribution (DC) schemes.

 

Mercedes-Benz drives forward electrification plan with new 2030 target

Transport
(Jul 26, 2021)

Mercedez-Benz has announced plans to go "all electric" by 2030, as it unveiled plans for eight new 'gigafactories' to make electric batteries for its zero emission fleet as part of a €40bn investment programme.

 

Asda to switch entire fleet of 600 company cars to electric

Transport
(Jul 26, 2021)

Asda plans to switch its entire fleet of over 600 company cars to electric vehicles (EVs) over the next four years, in a move expected to save over 2,400 tonnes of CO₂, the supermarket chain announced last week.

 

Waitrose and Shell join forces to power up EV charging coverage

Transport
(Jul 26, 2021)

Hundreds of electric vehicle (EV) charging points are to be installed outside of branches of Waitrose, as part of an expanded partnership with Shell.

 

Slowing down to save the planet

Transport
(Jul 26, 2021)

Smart cities are ones that use innovative solutions to improve their environmental impact while improving life for their residents.

 

Tesla plans to open its charging network to other EVs later this year

Transport
(Jul 26, 2021)

Tesla plans to open its network of superchargers to other electric vehicles later this year, chief executive Elon Musk said on Twitter.

 

WRAP’s food and drink industry agreement to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

Waste
(Jul 26, 2021)

With only four months until COP26, the UK has taken a bold step forward in reducing the impact food has on the natural world with a number of ambitious changes to its ground-breaking Courtauld Commitment voluntary agreement.

 

 

 

 

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