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Industrial pollutant releases to air in Europe

Industrial pollutant releases to air in Europe Industrial releases of air pollutants that damage human health and the environment decreased between 2010 and 2020 in Europe. Emissions of greenhouse gases (e.g. carbon dioxide (CO2) and sulphur oxides (SOx)) and other pollutants (e.g. nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM10) and heavy metals) all declined significantly. However, the value ...
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Dáil passes Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill

Dáil passes Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill The Dáil has passed the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, with 129 TDs supporting the Bill and 10 opposing it in the final stage vote. Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan, said the Bill is going to change everything for the better, and it will be good for farmers.  He said the plan will secur...
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Sharpest decrease of the decade in EU’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, pre COVID.

The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) preliminary data on the European Union’s (EU) greenhouse gas emissions in 2019 show close to a 4 % decrease, compared with 2018. The only time EU emissions decreased more since 1990 was during to the economic crisis in 2009. In addition, new EEA data for 2019 show that EU stays on track to end the use of chemicals harming the ozone layer. The EEA’s approx...
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Ireland to set annual emissions goals to reach 2050 carbon neutrality

Ireland’s new coalition government has set itself an ambitious goal to deliver steep greenhouse gas emissions cuts every year to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.  Under the coalition agreement, the three parties committed to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by an average 7% per year, adding up to 51% by 2030. They promised to enshrine in law a target to reach net zero emissions by 205...
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Committing to climate-neutrality by 2050: EU Commission proposes European Climate Law & consults on European Climate Pact

The European Commission presented a proposal yesterdaey to enshrine in legislation the EU's political commitment to be climate neutral by 2050, to protect the planet and our people. The European Climate Law sets the 2050 target and the direction of travel for all EU policy, and gives predictability for public authorities, businesses and citizens. At the same time, the Commission is launching a pub...
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Government seeks public views on decarbonising by 2050

The Government is seeking the public views on how best to decarbonise Ireland beyond 2030 that are in line with its commitment to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.  The process asks key questions on how best to transform the economy, and retrofit almost all buildings in the country to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and to make them energy efficient within three decades.  It also seeks views ...
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Climate Action Plan 2019 – What is its Impact on Real Estate?

The Irish government has released a Climate Action Plan for 2019, which includes targets and measures for reducing greenhouse gases in the real estate sector. This article assesses those targets and how the government proposes to meet them and how they will affect the built environment in Ireland. Retro fitting The government aims to retrofit 500,000 existing properties by 2030 by replacing oil ...
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National land use plan urged

A coalition of environmental campaign groups has called on the Government to commission a new national “land use plan” aimed at reducing emissions, protecting biodiversity and helping with adaptation to climate change.  Catherine Devitt, head of policy with Stop Climate Chaos Coalition (SCCC), said the latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, published last week, showed how land...
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Transition your Business to a Low Carbon Economy – Tips

By reducing your organisation’s carbon emissions, you are playing your part in delivering not only a positive impact on the environment, but taking the first step to creating a more resilient business that is prepared for the climate challenges & opportunities that lie ahead. Sign-up to the Low Carbon Pledge and join businesses all over Ireland in playing your role in transitioning Ireland ...
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