Fracking Causes Debate in Europe

Natural gas is an important resource for Europe, and the region has witnessed a steady rise in its natural gas demand over many years, with consumption currently double domestic production, according to a new report by natural resources experts GlobalData. The new report contends, however, that shale gas development activities are facing continued resistance in … Read more

Compensation Package For Turf-Cutters

The Government has announced details of a compensation package for turf-cutters in sites where continued turf-cutting is no longer possible for reasons of environmental protection. This follows the establishment of an independent Peatlands Council, as one of a number of decisions that the Government has made regarding the future management of peatlands in Ireland and, … Read more

Ireland’s Environment Continues to be of High Quality

Despite the difficult economic circumstances during 2010 Ireland’s environment continues to be of high quality, according to the EPA’s End of Year Statement for 2010. ”The EPA has a clear focus on what it needs to achieve as the Agency charged with overseeing environmental protection in Ireland. Limiting and adapting to climate change and making … Read more

EC Authorises Grant Aid For €105 Million Swedish Biofuel Research Project

The European Commission has authorized grant support of  €24 million from the Swedish Government for a new biofuel research project designed to test the commercial viability of the gasification of forest residue. The funding will be given to the Gothenburg Biofuels Gasification (GoBiGas) research and development project. Goteborg Energi, a Swedish energy company, will manage … Read more