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Government publishes much-anticipated Climate Bill

Government publishes much-anticipated Climate Bill The Government has published its much anticipated Climate Bill (7th October) with a number of features that aim to set out and strengthen national climate policy.  The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2020 was promised within the first 100 days of the new Government’s term, and is contains a series of amendments to the...
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EU Commission pushes for more stretching 2030 climate target

EU Commission pushes for more stretching 2030 climate target European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has officially backed plans to increase the EU's 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target to 55 per cent from 1990 levels, as she announced a raft of climate priorities in her maiden State of the Union address to European lawmakers last week. Addressing the European Parliamen...
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Ireland forced to strengthen climate plan

The Irish government has been ordered to take more aggressive action on climate change, following a ruling by the country’s top judges.  In a judgment published on 31st July 2020, the supreme court said Ireland’s existing emission cutting plans fell “well short” of what was required to meet its climate commitments and must be replaced with a more ambitious strategy. Judges ruled the governm...
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New EU report points to worsening Irish agriculture environmental credentials – An Taisce

Ireland is failing to limit escalating levels of dangerous ammonia air pollution due to continuing dairy intensification and excessive use of nitrogen from fertiliser and feeds. Due to government inaction on this issue, An Taisce has lodged a legal infringement complaint to the European Commission on the continued and increasing breach of the National Emissions Ceiling Directive (2016/2284/EU) on ...
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Ireland’s industrial emissions drop 8.7% in 2019 – EPA

The EPA, as the Competent Authority in Ireland for the EU Emissions Trading System, published on 22 April details of greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, for companies in the system.  Emissions from Irish power generation and industrial companies in the EU Emission Allowance Trading System fell by 8.7 per cent (1.3 million tonnes) in 2019.  This mirrors a decrease of approximately 8.9 % across Europe...
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EU Member States must cut emissions across all sectors to achieve 2030 climate targets

Emission cuts in the European Union’s (EU) Effort Sharing sectors need to accelerate considerably from 2018 onwards to achieve the current EU 2030 targets, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published today. In particular, the large amount of emission reductions from planned measures in the transport sector need to materialise through concrete actions. The EEA briefing 'Nat...
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EU warns Ireland over housing, environment and budget risks

The European Commission’s 2020 review of the economy here has found the State is one of nine countries that are experiencing “imbalances” and warned that the budget is under threat from changes to the way companies are taxed globally as well as Brexit. The report found that while public finances have been improving as the State has now run two successive budget surpluses and debt has fallen to 63....
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Global energy emissions ‘flatlined’ in 2019, new data

Global energy-related emissions flatlined in 2019, new data released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) indicates.  The Agency found that power sector emissions have declined to levels last seen in the 1980s, although 33 gigatonnes of emission were sent into the atmosphere over the course of last year. The IEA study cites the reduced use of coal as one of the main drivers of the flatline, w...
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Local authorities identify key ways to help reduce carbon emissions

All 31 local authorities in Ireland are gearing up to play a leading role in reducing carbon emissions and helping the country adapt for the inevitable consequences of climate disruption, especially extreme weather events, according to Sligo County Council chief executive Ciarán Hayes. Commenting on a report issued on Tuesday outlining how local authorities have increased climate actions since 201...
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Emissions of air pollutants from large combustion plants in Europe

Large combustion plants are responsible for a significant proportion of anthropogenic pollutant emissions.  Since 2004, emissions from large combustion plants in the 28 EU Member States have decreased, by 86 % for sulphur dioxide, 59 % for nitrogen oxides and 84 % for dust. In 2017, from a total of 3 664 large combustion plants, 50 % of all emissions came from just 68, 141 and 58 plants for sulph...
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