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Ireland’s Industrial Pollution Figures 2017, EEA Report

The European Environment Agency has published how Ireland is faring when it comes to industrial pollution., summarising key data related to industry: its relevance with respect to economic contributions, energy and water consumption, as well as air and water emissions and waste generation.  In 2017, industry in Ireland was responsible for: 23.01 % of energy consumed...
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Large corporates don’t report enough on their environmental impact – research

Alliance for Corporate Transparency led by Frank Bold - an international consortium of lawyers from the Czech Republic - published a breakthrough analysis of the 1000 largest European companies on the quality of environmental, corruption and human rights disclosure. So far, no one in the world has conducted a major in-depth analysis of the non-financial portion of the annual reports of large corp...
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New EU environmental standards for food, drink and milk industries

On 4 December 2019, the Commission published the Best Available Technique (BAT) conclusions, for the food, drink and milk (FDM) industry. The new standards stem from a review of the Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Document (BREF) for Food, Drink and Milk Industries. They help national authorities lower the environmental impact of around 2 800 FDM installations. Key environmental ...
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Large Combustion Plants Emissions -EEA Indicator

The European Environment Agency has released its latest indicator on Large Combustion Plants in Europe.  Large combustion plants release harmful ​emissions and Germany, Italy, the UK and Poland account for 50% of total large combustion plants operating capacity in the EU.​ There are 3,664 large combustion plants in the EU-28. Installed capacity increased by 4% overall between 2004 ...
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Chinese Factory Paints Rocks Green To Fool Environment Bureau

A factory in eastern China’s Shandong province has taken a literal approach to “going green” by covering the land around it with green spray paint in an unsuccessful bid to deceive environmental authorities. The environment bureau in the city of Xintai has shut down a stone processing plant owned by Changsheng Mining Industry Co. Ltd. after workers painted the surrounding area green, according to...
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Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report 2018 – EPA

There has been a marked reduction (22%) in the number of complaints received by the EPA when compared with 2017, with the majority of sites (85%) not having any complaints made against them. Of the complaints received: 57% related to odour 27% related to noise 34% related to three sites 1,490 site inspections were carried out by the EPA of which 95% were unannounced. One-quarter of ...
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European pollutant register important tool for tackling EU industrial emissions

A decade after its launch, the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR) continues to prove its value. The online register is a widely recognised tool, used to assess pollution trends and evaluate the effectiveness of EU legislation in various areas, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published today. The EEA briefing ‘A decade of industrial pollution data...
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Data Centres: Irish environmental issues

Introduction Environmental legislation in Ireland is principally administered and enforced in three ways: (i) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); (ii) by local authorities throughout Ireland and (iii) by the courts. The Minister for the Communications, Climate Action & Environment has an important policy setting role and the Health & Safety Authority is responsible for th...
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EPA fines St James’s Hospital €200,000 for emissions rules breach

One of the country’s biggest hospitals has been fined more than €200,000 for breaking EU rules on greenhouse gas emissions, in the first penalty of its kind in Ireland.  St James’s Hospital in Dublin blamed financial constraints for not being able to buy enough carbon credits last year to cover its pollution, which led to the penalty imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency.  It is trying to...
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EEA Report finds increase in Industrial Pollution to urban wastewater treatment plants.

Direct emissions released to water bodies from Europe’s large industrial sites have decreased in recent years for many pollutants. However, industrial pollution transferred through the sewer systems to urban waste water treatment plants (UWWTPs) has slightly increased, putting pressure on the waste water treatment infrastructure. While EU legislation tracks emissions from large industries, the ...
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