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EU achieved its three main Climate and Energy targets by 2020 – EEA Report

EU achieved its three main Climate and Energy targets by 2020 - EEA Report The EEA report ‘Trends and Projections in Europe 2021’ estimates that the EU achieved its three 2020 climate and energy targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels, increasing the share of renewable energy use to 20%, and improving energy efficiency by 20%.  According to preliminary EEA data...
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SMEs lack the time and money to embrace green energy – SEAI Survey

Small and medium sized businesses in Ireland agree they could do more to embrace green energy efficiency but most simply do not have the time or money to do so, a new survey has found. Energy and fuel costs are also considered of less importance than other issues, including Brexit, securing credit, a lack of customers and cash flow. Research conducted by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Irel...
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Irish Government commits to having 70% of electricity generated from renewables by 2030

The Government is committing to raising the amount of electricity generated from renewable sources from 30% now to 70% by 2030, according to Minister for Communications and Climate Action Richard Bruton. Speaking to reporters at the Fine Gael National Conference in Wexford over the weekend, Bruton said the reason for the move is that “there’s no point in switching to electric vehicles unless yo...
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Energy efficiency in industrial water use – Horizon2020 Programme – EnerWater

A consistent amount of energy is used in industrial water circuits, and projects funded under the Horizon2020 programme are developing ways to reduce it and make it more efficient. The project EnerWater works to improve the energy efficiency of wastewater treatment process. EnerWater developed a methodology to assess the performance of wastewater treatment processes in industrial plants, and a ...
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Dublin councils launch draft climate plans

Local authorities in Dublin have launched draft climate plans to drastically cut emissions and improve energy efficiency across the capital. The Draft Climate Change Action Plans 2019-2024 also outline how the four local authorities aim to make Dublin a climate and flooding resilient region and also actively engage with citizens on climate change. The councils have joined with Dublin’s Energ...
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EU Member States need more ambition to reach joint target on renewable energy

The share of renewable energy sources in the European Union’s (EU) energy use has doubled since 2005 but this growth has been slowing down in recent years, especially due to increasing energy consumption and lack of progress in the transport sector. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new report ‘Renewable energy in Europe — 2018’ shows that EU Member States need to step up their efforts to re...
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Half of Irish companies have no environmental policy

New research into Irish businesses shows half of Irish companies do not have an environmental policy in place.  The research, which was conducted by Bord Gáis Energy through RED C among 200 businesses, looks at the behaviours and attitudes of businesses towards energy and energy efficiency. Despite 55% of businesses admitting they would consider reducing energy usage in order to make important ...
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Push for electric cars will drive down emissions, but at a cost

Current plans to electrify the Irish fleet may lead to a 70 per cent fall in transport emissions from 2015 levels, new research shows.  The analysis carried out by the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy at University College Cork (UCC), however, also indicates that this could cost the exchequer up to €340m per year by 2030. Last year, the Department of Transport (DTTAS) outlined ambitious p...
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Behavioural change key to determine energy future

Behavioural change will play a significant role in future global energy trends, a University College Cork (UCC) climate expert has said.  Speaking at an energy lecture presented by the Irish Royal Academy on Monday, Dr Paul Deane said that human behaviour would be a crucial factor in determining the world’s energy future.  “Technology changes are simply not enough, we really need to start looking ...
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MaREI receives research funding to support Ireland’s environmental, energy and climate targets

The SFI Research Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) has secured an additional €4.4 million in funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and industry partners under the Sustainable Energy and Fuel Efficiency (SEFE) SFI Spokes Programme.  Speaking at the launch Minister of State at the Department of Rural and Community Development and the Department of Communications, Climate...
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