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Apple to invest €850m in Galway

23 February 2015

Apple is to invest €850 million developing a new data centre in Co Galwayto help run services such as iTunes and maps for users of its devices. The new centre, to be built on a greenfield site near Athenry, will be the company’s largest data centre project in Europe, and provide 300 jobs during its [...]

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Renewables successfully driving down carbon emissions in Europe

23 February 2015

Wind, solar, biomass and other renewable energy technologies continued to grow in 2013. New data shows they have been an important driving force in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. Without the deployment of renewable energy since 2005, greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 could have been 7% higher than actual emissions, according to the EEA [...]

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Significant opportunity to lead on climate change

19 February 2015

The Government must plan for coherent, sustainable long-term development, or rue the drastic consequences of global climate change, policy practitioners warned at a seminar on Climate Justice and Policy Coherence today. “Our current consumption behaviour cannot be sustained without exceeding the bio-physical limits of the planet,” according to Dara Lynott, Deputy Director-General of the Environmental [...]

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Environmental Technology Verification (ETV)

17 February 2015

Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) is the establishment or validation of environmental technology performance by qualified third parties based on test data generated through testing using established protocols or specific requirements. At a European level, the European Commission launched a voluntary scheme for ETV on an experimental basis: the EU ETV pilot programme. This programme is [...]

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Recycling rubber to reduce noise

17 February 2015

Every year, about 3.4 million tonnes of old tyres are disposed of in Europe, most being dumped or sent to landfill, in direct contravention of EU rules banning landfilling of both whole and shredded tyres. Noise is assessed as one of the main environmental problems, and traffic is one of the principle sources of noise. [...]

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New report highlights benefit of solar energy in Dublin

16 February 2015

Investing in solar energy production can pay for itself in just seven to 13 years, according to an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge report [pdf 3.26MB] published by Dublin City Council this week. The report also maintains that solar can only deliver on its potential if it benefits from the same incentives that have helped grow [...]

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Lean construction on the up

13 February 2015

If you had asked me what “Lean Construction” was a week ago I might have guessed at something to do with towers in Pisa. However following a conference held last week by the Lean Construction Institute Ireland, I decided to find out more about this movement which may well trigger the biggest changes in the [...]

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DRIC Innovation Showcase

13 February 2015

Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Blanchardstown, IT Tallaght, IADT Dun Laoghaire and National College of Ireland are holding a joint innovation showcase with the aim of promoting industry-academic R&D collaboration as well as technology transfer to industry The event will take place from 3pm to 7.30pm at the Courtyard, DIT Aungier Street on Wednesday, 25th [...]

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€118m invested in energy upgrades

11 February 2015

Energy upgrades worth €118m saw 24,600 homes and 900 public and commercial buildings improved, and 2,400 jobs maintained through the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources’ Better Energy programme in 2014, according to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) who today published its end of year statement. €53 million of the investment came [...]

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Kingspan Energy completes 1.3MW rooftop array in Northern Ireland

11 February 2015

Kingspan Energy has completed what is claimed to be the largest rooftop PV array in Northern Ireland at the group’s manufacturing plant in Portadown, County Armagh. The 1.3MW installation will help power Kingspan Environmental’s head office and principal manufacturing facility where it produces solar thermal modules. The company estimates that the solar array will produce [...]

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A Year in Review- EPA highlights from 2014

09 February 2015

The EPA continued to perform effectively on a wide range of statutory functions for the protection of the environment in 2014, and to deliver valuable outcomes for society while taking on new responsibilities. Laura Burke, EPA Director General was speaking at the release of a review of EPA activities in 2014. Highlighting some specific activities [...]

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Irish company to fuel 7,000 UK homes

09 February 2015

Irish renewable energy company Biocore has delivered its first ‘gas to grid’ facility in the UK. The plant, which is located near Beccles in Suffolk, is set to fuel thousands of local homes with gas made from home-grown crops. Built and operated by Bray-based BioCore Environmental, the £15m plant uses anaerobic digestion to turn locally-grown [...]

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