Review of the Smoky Coal Ban

The Government has announced a review and public consultation of the ‘smoky coal ban’ regulations. The ban on the marketing, sale and distribution of bituminous fuel (or ‘smoky coal ban’) was first introduced in Dublin in 1990 in response to severe episodes of winter smog that resulted from the widespread use of smoky coal for … Read more

European Commission Wants Your Views on Priority Objectives for the Environment

The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather views on the 7th EU Environmental Action Programme (7th EAP), which will set out priority objectives to be pursued up until 2020. The consultation remains open until 1 June. In recent months, the Commission has adopted a number of strategic initiatives on environment policy – … Read more

Shannon Public Invited To Consultations On Draft Area Plan

Clare County Council has announced that a series of public consultations in relation to the Draft Shannon Town and Environs Local Area Plan 2012-2018 will take place next week. The plan, which is the first stand alone town plan that has been produced for Shannon, was placed on public display last month and will provide … Read more

Public Consultation on New National Waste Policy

The Government has published a discussion document for public consultation concerning the development of a new national waste policy. The Programme for Government commits to putting in place a national waste policy that will adhere to the EU waste hierarchy and deliver a coherent approach to waste management, minimising the waste going to landfill and … Read more

Public Consultation Launched on Long-term Strategy For Transport in Greater Dublin Area

The National Transport Authority has launched an extensive public consultation on its Draft Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area. Looking ahead to the year 2030 and beyond, the Strategy is available for download at Public comments and feedback are welcomed until the closing date of April 11th. This Draft Transport Strategy follows three … Read more

Ireland’s Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan Available For Public Consultation

The Government has published the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan for public consultation. Ireland’s ocean territory is ten times our land mass size. This Plan, in conjunction with the Strategic Environmental Assessment of Irish Waters also now published, looks at offshore wind, wave and tidal energy resources and how that could be maximised in the … Read more

European Commission Wants Your Views on Roadmap for Low Carbon Economy by 2050

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on how to achieve a low carbon European economy by 2050.  In early 2011, the Commission plans to publish a Roadmap on options for ‘decarbonising’ the European economy by 2050 and the public consultation will feed into this. The roadmap will set out a strategy for reducing … Read more