NUI Galway Students Scoop Top Three Prizes at Transport Industry Awards

NUI Galway’s first-year Engineering students have scooped first, second and third prize in the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Ireland ‘Student Idea of the Year’ Awards. The awards are presented to the originators of the most innovative ideas which could make the most significant contribution to some aspect of the transport industry in Ireland. … Read more

Lifestyle Survey Reveals Environmental Attitudes Hit Home

There has been a marked improvement in environmental awareness in Ireland over the past decade reveals the ConsEnSus Lifestyle Survey just published today by NUI Galway and funded under the EPA’s STRIVE Research programme. The same survey reports that approximately one fifth of all survey respondents had changed their energy supplier to a renewable energy … Read more

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and Gaeltacht

Ciaran Lynch TD for Cork South Central has been elected as Chairman to the newly formed Joint Oireachtas Committee on Environment, Transport, Culture and Gaeltacht. Noel Coonan TD for Tipperary North was elected to the Vice-Chair position. The Committee will shadow the activities of the Departments of Environment, Community and Local Government; Transport, Tourism and … Read more

Ireland Can Meet Kyoto Greenhouse Gas Obligations

Ireland can comply with its Kyoto commitments (2008-2012) with regard to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions but is predicted to breach its annual obligations under the EU 2020 target, from 2016 onwards. This is according to the EPA’s recently published greenhouse gas emissions projections for the period 2010 to 2020. The figures show the projected trends … Read more

Transport 2050 – Ambitious European Plan to Increase Mobility and Reduce Emissions

The European Commission has adopted a comprehensive strategy, ‘Transport 2050’, for a competitive transport system designed to increase mobility, remove major barriers in key areas and fuel growth and employment. At the same time, the proposals will dramatically reduce Europe’s dependence on imported oil and cut carbon emissions in transport by 60% by 2050. To … 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

Indirect Land Use Change For Biofuels

The European Commission has published a report on indirect land use change related to biofuels and bioliquids. The report acknowledges that indirect land use change can reduce greenhouse gas emissions savings associated with biofuels, but also identifies a number of uncertainties. The Commission will now conduct an impact assessment, thereby taking into consideration potential changes … Read more

New Tool For Evaluating CO2 Emissions From Commercial Vehicles

European commercial vehicle manufacturers are developing an evaluation tool to calculate real-life CO2 emissions from trucks and buses ahead of purchase. Market forces play an instrumental role in reducing CO2 emissions from road transport and an accurate CO2-calculator would further support the customer in finding the most fuel-efficient vehicle for each specific transport mission. The … Read more

Dublin City Council Launches Sustainability Report 2010

Dublin City Council has launched its first sustainability report. The Sustainability Report 2010 sets out the Council’s principles, vision and actions for increasing the economic, social and environmental sustainability of Dublin City. The seven focus areas of the report are – energy, water, waste, biodiversity, transport, society and procurement. Kilbarrack Fire Station, through its Green … Read more

Transformation of M50 Motorway Completed Within Budget and Ahead of Schedule

The Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, TD, will today (September 1st) open the completed 32km M50 Upgrade Scheme that has transformed the M50 from a two-lane heavily congested road with toll barriers and signaled interchanges into a modern free-flowing motorway that has reduced journey times by up to 50%. The upgraded M50 has resulted in … Read more