A 2-week collaborative pilot project developed
by the National College of Art & Design (NCAD)
Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, an environmental
social enterprise, culminated last Friday (15 July)
with an exhibition of work in the Axis Arts Centre
by the 15 secondary school students involved.
The National Brown Bin Awareness Pilot project
took place in Sligo. Based on the experiences from
the pilot, a best practice guide for door to door
education of householders on how to use a brown
bin collection service has been developed.
Wind energy has saved Ireland approximately €70
million in foreign energy imports since the beginning
of 2016, a 6-month period which saw the indigenous
renewable energy source meet over a fifth (22%)
of Ireland’s entire electricity demand, according
to provisional new figures compiled by the Irish
Wind Energy Association (IWEA).
The Government must provide more certainty on solar
energy so that its potential to assist in meeting
emissions targets and in improving farm incomes
can be realised, IFA President Joe Healy said last
week at an IFA seminar
For an oil and gas explorer, the news of the Brexit
referendum result in favour of 'Leave' made compelling
reading. Brexit is a timely reminder of the potential
future energy issues that might be faced by the
island of Ireland.
The Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) has called
on all commercial developers to make sure that any
development they are currently planning is designed
to meet the Nearly Zero Energy Standard (NZEB).
Residents and businesses in Donegal are set to
benefit as Irish Water invests €13.8m in local infrastructure
which will result in significant improvements in
network performance, and security and efficiency
of water supply.
Irish Water is progressing with the Swords water
main rehabilitation project and will invest approximately
€8 million to replace the strategic trunk water
main to provide a more reliable water supply for
local homes and businesses.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine,
Michael Creed TD, has launched the IIEA/RDS report
- A Climate-Smart Pathway for Irish Agricultural
Development - Exploring the Leadership Opportunity.
Britain’s vote to leave the EU has unleashed a
wave of discrimination against UK researchers, with
elite universities in the country coming under pressure
to abandon collaborations with European partners.
Plans for tighter national caps on the levels of
dangerous air pollutants in EU member states have
moved a step closer to fruition, after a compromise
deal was passed by the European Parliament's Environment
Committee (ENVI) and member states.
Plastics should be better designed to encourage
recycling and prevent wasteful single-use containers
finding their way into our oceans, where they break
up into small pieces and are swallowed by marine
animals, scientists said last week.
In the UK, Greg Clark has been appointed secretary
of state for business, energy and industrial strategy
- a newly created role which confirms incoming prime
minister Theresa May has merged the responsibilities
of Energy and Cliiate Change and Business, Innovation
and Skills (BIS) departments.
Invasive alien species are plants or animals alien
to their natural environment, crowding out indigenous
species and thereby representing one of the most
rapidly growing threats to biodiversity in the EU.
How can a community become more sustainable? What
strategy should it adopt? A new ISO standard will
help communities answer these questions and put
in place a framework to become more sustainable
Business leaders last week convened in London to
launch the first global Natural
Capital Protocol, a standardised framework
which aims to help managers around the world better
value nature in their decision-making.
The European Commission has adopted two new "off-the-shelf"
- i.e. "ready-to-use" - financial instruments for
ESI Funds investments, to ease access to funding
for young businesses and urban development project