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Greater Dublin Drainage Project – Marine Investigations

01 July 2015

Following a statutory public consultation which concluded earlier this year, the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) has granted a foreshore licence to the Greater Dublin Drainage project to undertake investigative marine surveys in the Irish Sea between Baldoyle and north of Ireland’s Eye. The surveys are being undertaken as part of [...]

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NTR Acquires 15MW Ora More Wind Project

01 July 2015

NTR plc (“NTR”), a leading investor and asset manager of renewable energy projects, has announced the acquisition of the 15MW “Ora More” wind project located in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. NTR has acquired the pre-construction project from RES, a leading renewable energy developer. The project is expected to enter construction in the autumn, creating over [...]

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EPA Water Event Presentations

01 July 2015

The EPA hosted the National Water Event in Galway last week. Over 300 people attended this year’s event entitled Working Together from Source to Sea. Talks included:  Significant Water Management Issues  Meeting the Environmental Challenges—Local Authority Reform  Farming in the Catchment Programme  Working with Rural Communities for Good Environmental Outcomes  The Thames Tunnel Experience: Collection [...]

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CO2 emissions in the EU estimated to have decreased by 5%

01 July 2015

Eurostat estimates that in 2014 carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuel combustion decreased by 5.0% in the European Union (EU), compared with the previous year. CO2 emissions are a major contributor to global warming and account for around 80% of all EU greenhouse gas emissions. They are influenced by factors such as climate conditions, [...]

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Cutting Energy Waste Will Save €1.8 Billion Annually

29 June 2015

Households and businesses could save €1.8 billion annually by being more energy efficient.  Energy efficiency will also reduce Ireland’s reliance on imported fossil fuels and create 2,000 additional jobs. That is according to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) who today launched its report ‘Unlocking the Energy Efficiency Opportunity’. The analysis indicates that delivering these energy [...]

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€2BN to be invested in Docklands development by 2021

29 June 2015

Dublin City Council (DCC), the Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the International Sustainability Investment Centre (formerly the Green IFSC) announced a new initiative called Docklands 21 extending their reach to a full Sustainable Energy Community (SEC).  While Dublin Docklands represents the financial heart of the Irish economy.  It is also home to a [...]

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RPS Environmental Paper Wins CIWEM Award

29 June 2015

An RPS Graduate Scientist’s paper on coastal erosion at Portrane, Co. Dublin in Ireland has recently won a Northern Ireland CIWEM Young Members award. At present approximately 20% of Ireland’s coastline is subjected to continuous coastal erosion, this will be exacerbated by future climate whereby the mean sea level is expected to increase by up [...]

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Advanced Microwave Plasma Gasification

29 June 2015

European SMEs operating in livestock farming (>2.21million) are under increasing pressure from supermarket purchasing powers, legislation, biofuel crops (as they compete with the livestock farmers for land) and environmental issues, which has resulted in substantially reduced profits for the community. In 2010, the average income for a farmer dropped by 27% compared to its value [...]

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Energia cuts carbon and costs for Pettitts with “Cash for Kilowatts” scheme

23 June 2015

Competitive energy provider Energia has reduced Pettitts supermarkets’ carbon footprint by 480 tonnes by upgrading their lighting and fridges systems. The project was part of a major new grant funding scheme to incentivise Irish businesses to increase their energy efficiency while reducing their energy costs. After an extensive audit of the Pettitts group’s stores, Energia [...]

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Coastal Retreat – RPS Environmental Paper Wins CIWEM Award

23 June 2015

An RPS Graduate Scientist’s paper on coastal erosion at Portrane, Co. Dublin in Ireland has recently won a Northern Ireland CIWEM Young Members award. At present approximately 20% of Ireland’s coastline is subjected to continuous coastal erosion, this will be exacerbated by future climate whereby the mean sea level is expected to increase by up [...]

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WEEE Ireland recycling since 2005

22 June 2015

WEEE Ireland and the Irish Public Recycles over 75 Million Electrical Waste Items since 2005 10 Years of WEEE Ireland Diverts 250,000 Tonnes of Electrical Wastefrom Landfill Over 25% of Irish people are still hoarding or throwing out electrical waste at home 75 million waste electrical items collected since 2005, that’s over 70 electrical items [...]

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EU Renewable energy progress report- Ireland meets interim target

18 June 2015

Renewable energy sources accounted for 7.8% of Ireland’s energy consumption in 2013, according to The European Commission progress report on 2020 renewable energy targets According to the report, Ireland has met its interim target of 7% of renewables in 2013/2014. Ireland has committed to reaching a renewables target of 16% of energy consumption by 2020. [...]

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