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Emissions
June 18, 2019

‘Urban consumption’ responsible for one tenth of global emissions – Report

City dwellers around the world are making an outsized contribution to climate change, according to new research released last week,...

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Invasive Species, Water Services
June 18, 2019

First Irish Population of non-indigenous Crayfish Species found

The National Park & Wildlife Service (NPWS) has confirmed that a population of a non-indigenous crayfish species (NICS) has been...

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June 18, 2019

Hundreds of plant species driven to extinction – study

More than 500 species of plants have disappeared in the past 250 years - more than twice the number of...

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Construction Industry Environmental Services
June 18, 2019

Irish Construction Companies Turnover up 25% 

The combined turnover for the country's top construction companies increased by 25% to €8.39 billion last year, according to Construction magazine's annual...

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Carbon Emissions, Environmental Compliance, Licensing & Permitting
June 18, 2019

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...

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Environmental Impact Assesssment
June 18, 2019

Ireland should pay €1k a day for environment failings – EU Court

The EU’s top court has said Ireland should be subject to large daily fines, already amounting to almost €4m, for...

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Climate Change
June 18, 2019

Pollution of air, land and water is poisoning the planet – UN Environment

Incoming UN Environment Executive Director, Inger Andersen, says that growing pressure from people across the world means the organisation must...

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Climate Change, Environment
June 18, 2019

Government climate plan will see departments pay for missed environment targets

Government departments will be forced to pay out of their own pockets if they fail to hit specific multi-year environmental...

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Environmental Impact
June 18, 2019

Major global firms accused of concealing their environmental impact

A $10tn (£7.9tn) investor alliance has accused more than 700 companies, including Amazon, Tesco and ExxonMobil, of failing to reveal the...

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Water Services
June 12, 2019

Draft Climate Change Sectoral Adaptation Plan for Water Quality and Water Services Infrastructure

Mr. Eoghan Murphy T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, invites submissions, observations and comments on the Draft Climate...

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Wastewater, Water Services
June 12, 2019

Why is Aeration Important for Wastewater Treatment?

Wastewater aeration is the process of adding air into wastewater to allow aerobic bio-degradation of the pollutant components. It is...

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Energy Services
June 12, 2019

Europe’s huge untapped energy source

Waste heat from towns and cities is a huge untapped energy source in Europe. The Life4HeatRecovery project is looking to...

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River Basin Management Plan, River Monitoring
June 12, 2019

River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2022-2027 – public consultation

Mr. Eoghan Murphy T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has published the draft timetable and work programme...

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Biodiversity, Climate Change
June 12, 2019

Climate change crisis requires globalised response, says President Higgins

Ireland stands with small island states in acknowledging their vulnerability in a world that is in crisis – “ethically, ecologically, with...

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Soil Contamination, Soil Pollution, Soil Waste, soil waste classification
June 12, 2019

Analyzing Soil Pollution with EPR

Soil pollution is a direct result of agricultural, industrial, and societal growth. A lot of the common pollutants can be...

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Environment, Environmental Impact Assessment
June 12, 2019

Training AI Is Shockingly Costly to the Environment

We have seen the result of new artificial intelligence powered algorithms that can do everything from detect cancer to help...

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Environmental Due Diligence
June 12, 2019

Embedding Sustainability in Real Estate Transactions

While the real estate industry has become much better at integrating sustainability into new development projects, owners and developers have...

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Appropriate Assessment, Natura 2000
June 11, 2019

Natura 2000 – explained

Natura 2000 is an ecological network composed of sites designated under the Birds Directive (Special Protection Areas, SPAs) and the Habitats Directive (Sites...

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Environment, Pollution
June 11, 2019

What are European countries doing to tackle plastic waste?

Despite some promising efforts to address the growing problem of plastic waste like banning plastic shopping bags or straws, specific...

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Water Services
June 11, 2019

Water charges of €500 may be in pipeline for those who waste

Up to 70,000 households could face water charges of up to €500 from next year if Irish Water gets the...

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River Monitoring, Water Pollution, Water Services
June 11, 2019

Smith calls for action plan to tackle plastic pollution in rivers and lakes

A local Fianna Fáil TD has written to the Minister for Communications, Climate Action, and Environment to express his concern...

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Environmental Due Diligence
June 11, 2019

Seven considerations when Investing In A Site With Potential Environmental Issues

Chances are you will come across a site with environmental issues at some point in your investing career—if you have...

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Invasive Species
June 6, 2019

Crayfish Plague Outbreaks – Update from Biodiversity Ireland

The following is a list of the rivers where outbreaks of Crayfish Plague have been confirmed by diagnostic tests. The map...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
June 6, 2019

The key air pollution problems in Ireland – World Environment Day

The latest EPA report on air quality shows that Ireland is consistently above the WHO Air Quality Guideline value for fine particulate...

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Environment, Pollution
June 6, 2019

People eat at least 50,000 plastic particles a year, study finds

The average person eats at least 50,000 particles of microplastic a year and breathes in a similar quantity, according to...

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Environmental Due Diligence
June 6, 2019

How ESG can drive global change and financial gain in infrastructure

Issues such as, contaminated land, waste, air, noise, energy and carbon, water, and product lifecycles for example, to the emergence...

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Soil Waste, soil waste classification
June 6, 2019

Soils concern as UK landfill tax receipts fall

Increased use of energy from waste, recycling and composting as alternatives to landfill have helped reduce landfill tax receipts by...

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Oil Leak, Oil Leak Clean Up, Oil Spill Remediation
June 5, 2019

Whistleblower reveals massive oil leaks from ESB cables

Up to one million litres of oil has been leaked from ESB underground cables over the past 20 years, according...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
June 4, 2019

South East town is serious air pollution blackspot – expert warns

Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at UCC, John Sodeau, has said the government should sign a nationwide smoky coal ban immediately...

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Environmental Services, Occupational Health & Safety, Occupational Monitoring
June 4, 2019

Is contaminated soil and air the cause of cancer in a Scottish school?

An international expert in public health has warned water supplies at a school built on toxic industrial waste may be...

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Water Pollution, Water Services
June 4, 2019

Glyphosate detected in Mayo public water supply

Excess levels of the herbicide glyphosate have been traced in the public water supply of Newport in Co Mayo.  Glyphosate is...

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Environmental Training Seminars, soil waste classification, Training
June 4, 2019

Verde presents FREE Soil Waste Training Seminar to Walls Construction

Verde Training Seminars The requirements imposed by environmental regulations on businesses are expanding and there is a need for managers...

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Environment
June 4, 2019

Wild Bees Have Been Found Building Nests Entirely Out of Plastic Waste

In the crop fields of Argentina, bees have been building nests for their young out of some strange materials. For...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
June 4, 2019

The rise in air pollution in Ireland is “a real cause for concern”

The man who topped the poll in the recent European Election in Dublin claims the recent increase in air-pollution in...

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Climate Change, Environment
June 4, 2019

Europe wants banks to lend to make our homes greener

Banks need to change how they lend money to customers seeking to renovate homes so climate change targets can be...

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Environment, Forestry
June 4, 2019

Forest Statistics Ireland 2019 Report published

Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD, has announced the publication of...

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Water Services
June 4, 2019

EPA welcomes improvements in bathing waters

The 2018 EPA Bathing Water report sets out bathing water quality during the long hot summer of 2018. Overall, 94 per cent...

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Biodiversity, Environment, Groundwater
June 4, 2019

Biodiversity map shows growing EU water stress

New analysis from the European Environment Agency shows that, with average temperatures rising, water scarcity is increasing across the EU....

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Energy Services
May 30, 2019

World Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Forum launched

Climate change is the biggest challenge facing humanity right now, much of which is as a result of greenhouse gas...

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Environment, Invasive Species
May 30, 2019

Cyprus begins lionfish cull to tackle threat to Mediterranean ecosystem

Cyprus has held its first organised cull of lionfish after numbers of the invasive species have proliferated in recent years, threatening...

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Environment, Pollution
May 30, 2019

Malaysia returning plastic waste to countries of origin

Malaysia has become the latest Asian country to reject rubbish from rich countries.  It is to send as much as 3,000...

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Emissions, IPC Licence, Licensing & Permitting
May 30, 2019

EU’s greenhouse gas emissions up 0.7% in 2017 – New EEA Report

Total greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union (EU) increased by 0.7 % in 2017, according to latest official data...

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Noise, Noise Monitoring
May 29, 2019

Poolbeg Residents hold protest against Noise Pollution

Several Poolbeg residents took to the streets last Tuesday to protest against noise pollution, with another demonstration planned for May...

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Groundwater, Water Services
May 29, 2019

India’s looming water crisis – a call to action for companies

Some 18% of the world’s population resides in India and they survive on just 4% of the world’s freshwater. Rapid...

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Biodiversity, Climate Change, Environment
May 29, 2019

‘EU would be right to revoke Ireland’s nitrates derogation’ – An Taisce

An Taisce has said the EU would be right to revoke Ireland’s nitrates derogation.  In a heavily critical submission on...

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Environment, Pollution, River Monitoring
May 28, 2019

World’s rivers ‘awash with dangerous levels of antibiotics,’ report finds

Hundreds of rivers around the world from the Thames to the Tigris are awash with dangerously high levels of antibiotics,...

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Environment
May 28, 2019

Theresa May announces resignation throwing Green Brexit plans into chaos

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced plans to quit as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7, sending...

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Wind Energy, Wind Farms
May 28, 2019

Wind Energy Conference 2019 – focus on renewable energy resources in Ireland

With 900 people from 38 countries coming to Cork next month for a major international wind energy science conference, it...

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Environment
May 28, 2019

Project on plastic pollution wins top prize at Eco Unesco awards

A project focused on the plastic pollution crisis has been awarded the top prize at the Eco Unesco Young Environmentalist...

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Biodiversity, Environment
May 28, 2019

How to measure the condition of Europe’s ecosystems – EEA Report

Healthy forests, soils, seas and other ecosystems form Europe’s ‘natural capital’, which is vital for our well-being and the economy....

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Noise Monitoring
May 28, 2019

New noise regulator will hear the voices of residents, says Minister Ross

Shane Ross, TD Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport has welcomed the enactment of the Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation...

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Biodiversity, Environment
May 23, 2019

Ireland’s biodiversity needs intensive care

In our hyper health-conscious times, it’s hard to imagine anyone advocating a lifestyle that encourages people to smoke too much,...

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environmental legislation
May 23, 2019

Good governance and public participation crucial to deliver environmental laws

A new report from the European Environmental Bureau highlights shortcomings in how EU countries enable public participation in environmental decision-making....

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
May 23, 2019

Air pollution may be damaging ‘every organ in the body’ – Report

Air pollution may be damaging every organ and virtually every cell in the human body, according to a comprehensive new global...

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Wind Energy, Wind Farms
May 22, 2019

IWEA publishes first quarterly wind report

The Irish Wind Energy Association, Ireland’s largest renewable energy organisation, last week published the first of what will be regular...

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Appropriate Assessment, Biodiversity, Environment
May 22, 2019

Ireland’s 6th National Report to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity released

Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are required by Article 26 of the Convention to submit national reports to...

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Environment, Pollution
May 22, 2019

‘Ambitious’ single-use plastic straws and cutlery ban approved by European Council

The European Council has adopted a directive which introduces new restrictions on certain single-use plastic products, which includes a ban...

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Invasive Species
May 21, 2019

Warning issued over ‘severe and increasing’ threat to native crayfish species

A warning has been re-issued to all water users in Ireland by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s...

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Environment, environmental legislation
May 16, 2019

Environment policy: A major EU achievement

Environmental policy is one of the EU’s major achievements, but we can’t stop now; change can and should happen more...

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Contaminated Land Remediation, Contaminated Site Management, Remediation
May 16, 2019

‘Premature to open park’ on polluted Haulbowline site

A report from 2017 has revealed that Cork County Council was warned that pollution on Haulbowline had “the potential to...

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Pollution, River Monitoring
May 15, 2019

Holiday homes plan blocked over river pollution fears

A State fisheries body has succeeded in stopping the development of holiday homes on the Ring of Kerry over fears...

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Construction Industry Environmental Services
May 15, 2019

€26 billion invested in construction and building industry last year

A new report from the Construction Industry Federation shows that over 10,000 extra workers joined the construction workforce last year,...

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Oil Spill Clean Up, Oil Spill Remediation
May 14, 2019

Verde to present at Engineers Ireland Protecting the House Buyer Seminar

Dr. Gary Canny BSc PhD, Technical Manager and Clare Whitely BA BEng, Project Manager, of Verde Environmental Group will present...

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Emissions, Industrial Emissions, IPC Licence
May 14, 2019

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,...

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environmental legislation, Habitats Directive, Planning
May 14, 2019

Special costs rules governing environmental litigation under Planning & Development Act

Executive summary Heather Hill Management Company CLG and Gabriel McGoldrick (the Applicants) challenged a decision of An Bord Pleanala (the Board) to...

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Environmental Training Seminars, Soil Waste, Training
May 14, 2019

Verde presents FREE Soil Waste Training Seminar to John Sisk & Son Ltd

Verde Training Seminars The requirements imposed by environmental regulations on businesses are expanding and there is a need for managers...

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Biodiversity, Environment
May 9, 2019

Nature declining at ‘unprecedented’ rate, UN study warns

Wildlife and habitats are declining at an “unprecedented” rate worldwide which directly threatens human beings, a major new study has...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
May 9, 2019

Rising Ammonia Emissions key contributor to Air Pollution in Ireland

Rising ammonia emissions from the agricultural sector remain one of the key contributors to air pollution in Ireland, the Environmental...

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Oil Spill Clean Up, Oil Spill Remediation
May 8, 2019

Oil Spill from Neighbouring Property causes death of all pond life

It is not unusual for homeowners to suffer damage to their property from a neighbouring property that has had a...

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Environment, environmental legislation, Legislation
May 7, 2019

The changing face of environmental regulation: a challenge for multi-national business

Environmental regulation is changing at an exponential rate. Around the world there has been a significant strengthening of regulation, consisting...

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Invasive Species, Japanese Knotweed
May 2, 2019

Council refuses Ballyhaunis Japanese Knotweed treatment facility

Planning permission for a facility to treat the Japanese Knotweed plant in Ballyhaunis has been refused over concerns it could...

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Bioremediation, Remediation
May 1, 2019

Report names Verde in top leaders in bioremediation market

A new report from BCC Research, “Bioremediation: Global Markets and Technologies to 2023" names Verde Environmental Group as a top leader in the...

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Dewatering
May 1, 2019

Major considerations for any Dewatering Project

Weather and environment Each site’s dewatering requirements vary and present unique challenges, with environmental and geological considerations, as well as...

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Planning
May 1, 2019

A first for Irish planning: The office of the planning regulator is formally established

The Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2018 (the “2018 Act”) provides legislative footing for the National Planning Framework, which was...

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Environment, Environmental Impact Assesssment
May 1, 2019

Environmental group challenges peat bog extraction regulations

An environmental group has brought a High Court challenge against the State over new regulations that allow for industrial extraction of...

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Environment
May 1, 2019

UK Draft Environment Bill “Does Not Match EU Protections”

The Government’s draft Environment Bill does not match the current environmental protections provided by membership of the EU, according to...

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Environment
May 1, 2019

Biodegradable carrier bags may not degrade so quickly after all

Biodegradable plastic carrier bags cannot be relied upon to degrade more quickly, according to a new study published on 28 April in Environmental...

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Environment
May 1, 2019

Plastic pollution in oceans even worse for environment than believed

The pollution of our oceans of oceans by marine litter and microplastics could be having an even worse affect on...

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Environment
April 29, 2019

Environment is top priority for EU voters, survey suggests

The main focus of the next European Parliament should be on protecting the environment, according to a survey of more than 100,000...

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Climate Change, Environment
April 23, 2019

Ireland’s Evolving Ten Year National Energy and Climate Plan

2019 is a landmark year for energy and environment. By the end of 2019, Member States, like Ireland, will be...

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Brownfield Site Development, Contaminated Land Remediation, soil waste classification
April 23, 2019

Verde to speak at Brownfield & Contaminated Land Conference, Belfast, 1st May

Verde’s Principal Environmental Consultant Malcolm Dowling, has been invited to speak at the Brownfield & Contaminated Land Conference in Belfast on May 1st on...

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Wind Energy, Wind Farms
April 23, 2019

Europe invested €27bn in new wind farms in 2018

Europe invested €27bn in new wind farms in 2018, which will finance a record amount of future new wind energy...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
April 23, 2019

New CO2 emission standards for cars and vans adopted – Clean Mobility Package

The European Parliament recently agreed on CO2 emission standards for new cars and vans in the EU for the period after 2020 –...

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Wind Energy, Wind Farms
April 23, 2019

IEA report confirms Ireland’s wind energy success story

Ireland’s leading renewable energy organisation, the Irish Wind Energy Association, has welcomed the publication of the International Energy Agency’s 2019...

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Energy Services
April 23, 2019

International Energy Agency’s (IEA) published 2019 Review of Ireland’s Energy Policies

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton TD has welcomed the launch of the International Energy Agency's...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
April 23, 2019

DCCAE invites submissions to proposed National Air Pollution Control Programme

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) is developing a National Air Pollution Control Programme (NAPCP).  This Programme is...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
April 23, 2019

Amazon’s trees get taste of air of the future

An ambitious experiment deep in the Amazon rainforest aims to find out how the ecosystem is likely to respond to rising levels...

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Environmental Due Diligence, Environmental Impact
April 23, 2019

EU & Investors vote for a more ethical and sustainable financial sector

The European Parliament has made a major step towards a more ethical financial sector, by unanimously voting for new rules...

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Wastewater
April 23, 2019

Ireland may face fines because of water treatment failings

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has warned that Ireland is not addressing wastewater deficiencies at a “fast enough pace”. The country...

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Soil Waste
April 23, 2019

To fix the climate, we have to stop treating soil as dirt

“One of our most important solutions to the global challenge posed by climate change lies right under our feet.” That’s...

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Oil Spill Remediation
April 23, 2019

40% of polluted soil in Brussels caused by fuel oil from leaking boilers

If the soil of a plot of land in Brussels is polluted, four times out of ten the cause is fuel oil....

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Energy Services
April 23, 2019

EU Energy Efficiency Directive – lessons learnt & future challenges before 2nd round of audits

The EU Energy Efficiency Directive came into force throughout the EU in 2012. This requires all large companies to have a...

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IPC Licence, Licensing
April 23, 2019

EPA publishes National Priority Sites List for Oct 18 – March 19

The EPA last week published the latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement for Q1 Five sites are on the...

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Environment
April 18, 2019

Failure to meet environmental targets cost EU €55bn last year

The European Union’s economy lost £54.7bn last year due to member states’ failures to implement environmental laws, according to a...

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Construction Industry Environmental Services
April 17, 2019

Dublin 7th most expensive place in the world to build

Dublin is the seventh most expensive place in the world to build, with average construction costs at $3,245.10 per metre...

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Appropriate Assessment
April 17, 2019

Mitigation Measures in Appropriate Assessment

On 8 February 2019 the High Court delivered a helpful judgment in relation to mitigation measures in screening for Appropriate...

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Environmental Training Seminars, Training
April 17, 2019

Verde presents FREE training seminar on Soil Waste Classification to Purcell Construction

Brownfield & Contaminated Land Conference Malcolm has been invited to speak at the Brownfield & Contaminated Land Conference in Belfast on...

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Environmental Impact Assessment
April 16, 2019

Supreme court dismisses Apple data centre Environmental Impact Assessment case appeal

Fitzpatrick and Daly v An Bord Pleanála, Apple Distribution International, and the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and...

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Appropriate Assessment, Environmental Impact
April 16, 2019

Developers must consider impact of construction schemes on wildlife, warns UK Minister

The UK Communities Secretary James Brokenshire has reminded developers of their legal obligation to consider the impact of their construction...

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Environment
April 16, 2019

Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, Brexit & the Environment – Report

Unleashing the full potential of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement could address some of the main risks posed by Brexit to...

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Air Pollution, Environment
April 16, 2019

2nd EU Environmental Implementation Review published

Environmental Implementation Review: an initiative to improve the application of EU policies and rules on the circular economy, nature and...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
April 4, 2019

Air Pollution Cutting Children’s Life Expectancy by Years – Report

Toxic air will shorten the life expectancy of children by 20 months a major new study has revealed. Severe air pollution is rife across...

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Biodiversity, Climate Change
April 3, 2019

Let nature heal climate and biodiversity crises, say campaigners

The restoration of natural forests and coasts can simultaneously tackle climate change and the annihilation of wildlife but is being...

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Wind Energy, Wind Farms
April 3, 2019

Energy Regulation in Ireland – Wind Farm Planning

The Planning and Development Act 2000 allows an enhanced approval procedure for planning applications for wind farms with more than...

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Environmental Impact
April 3, 2019

Investors look beyond bricks and mortar to the Environmental Impact of a Building – MIPIM

From diversity to the impact of real estate on people and the environment, the 26,000 delegates at MIPIM in Cannes...

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Environmental Impact Assessment
April 2, 2019

Revised Environmental Statement on Derry to Aughnacloy link published for Consultation

A revised environmental statement covering the controversial proposed A5 Western Transport Corridor (A5WTC) dual carriageway from Londonderry to the Irish...

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Climate Change, Environment
April 2, 2019

Economic losses from climate-related extremes in Europe

New European Environment Agency Indicator shows Europe lost over 90.000 lives and 453 bn euros to climate-related extremes over 1980-2017....

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April 2, 2019

EU celebrates 40 years of the Birds Directive

The Birds Directive, one of the first pieces of environmental legislation in Europe, celebrates today its 40th anniversary. Protecting over 500...

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Environmental Impact Assesssment
April 2, 2019

Ireland faces EU fine of €1.7m over Derrybrien wind farm landslide

Ireland is facing a fine of €1.7m over its failure to comply with an EU Court judgment relating to the...

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Noise, Noise Monitoring
April 2, 2019

Conflict of Interest Accusations Against Noise Regulator for Dublin Airport

There was intense pressure on Transport Minister Shane Ross to appoint a noise regulator for Dublin Airport, even though officials...

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Brownfield Site Development, Contaminated Land Remediation
April 2, 2019

Brownfield Registers in UK beset by liability problems

A survey from the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England claims to have discovered that there is enough brownfield...

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Wastewater, Water
April 2, 2019

Ireland held to account for wastewater treatment failures

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has found that Ireland has failed to uphold EU law in relation to almost...

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Environment
March 28, 2019

EU fears environmental fallout from ‘wild west’ Brexit

EU officials are growing increasingly alarmed at the prospect of a “wild west” Brexit outcome in which a legal vacuum prevents the...

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Environmental Impact
March 27, 2019

Top Irish companies singled out for not reporting emissions

Several top Irish companies have been named and shamed for not reporting their greenhouse gas emissions.  CDP, a not-for-profit organisation which...

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Planning
March 27, 2019

Better Green Infrastructure Planning and Ecosystem Restoration Needed -EEA Briefing

Maintaining natural capital is vital for the function of our societies and people’s well-being. A new briefing from the European...

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Energy, Energy Services
March 27, 2019

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...

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Environment, IPC Licence, Licensing & Permitting, Water
March 27, 2019

Medicine and Personal Care Products Polluting Waterways – Study

A new study in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry has found that the compounds in our medicines and personal care products can...

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Waste Management, Water
March 27, 2019

Human waste causes rise in ‘green tides’ in coastal areas – Study

Sprawling beds of bright green seaweed caused by human waste products around the Irish coastline are thought to be on...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution, Environment
March 27, 2019

No-deal Brexit plans for maintaining environmental standards ‘suboptimal’, Gove admits

Environment secretary Michael Gove has admitted that the arrangements in place for maintaining EU environmental standards in the UK if...

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Climate Change, Energy, Renewable Energy, Wind Energy, Wind Farms
March 26, 2019

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...

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Emissions, Environmental Impact
March 26, 2019

Greenhouse Gas & Ammonia Emissions on rise as Irish farms expand – Teagasc Report

Agriculture can generate positive or negative environmental impacts depending on the specific activities undertaken on the farm. Agriculture is the principal...

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Environmental Due Diligence
March 26, 2019

It pays the Responsible Investor to get Environmental, Social & Governance factors right

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors exist to make the job of the responsible investor easy, in theory. The reality, for...

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Contaminated Land Remediation
March 26, 2019

Chemical waste leaking into River Clyde pose ‘immediate health risk’

Contaminated land under Clydeside poses an immediate risk to human health because of toxic waste leaking into the River Clyde,...

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Appropriate Assessment, Habitats Directive
March 26, 2019

Conserving Europe’s Nature – The EU birds and habitats directives

Europe covers less than 5 % of the planet’s land mass. Yet, despite its small size, it has a stunning diversity...

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Environment, Planning
March 26, 2019

Real estate planning and environmental considerations in Ireland

Planning The government authorities that regulate planning and zoning for real estate development and use and extent of their powers...

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Climate Change, Environment
March 26, 2019

Sir David Attenborough to present ‘unflinching’ climate change documentary

Sir David Attenborough is to present an “urgent” new documentary about climate change, looking at the potential threats to our...

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Environment
March 26, 2019

Amnesty challenges electric vehicle makers to clean up their batteries

Amnesty International has accused the electric vehicle industry of selling itself as environmentally friendly, despite producing many of its batteries...

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Energy, Water
March 26, 2019

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...

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Forestry
March 26, 2019

Teagasc marks International Day of the Forests

Thursday, 21 March was ‘International Day of Forests’ and Teagasc highlighted the multiple benefits of well-sited and sustainably managed forests...

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Planning
March 26, 2019

Publication of the Northern Ireland Planning Statistics: Third Quarter 2018/19 Statistical Bulletin

Provisional Northern Ireland Planning Statistics for the third quarter of 2018/19 are now available. These data provide an overall view...

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Japanese Knotweed
March 21, 2019

Two recent milestones in Japanese knotweed litigation

Network Rail Court of Appeal decision In a previous article (April 2017) the case of Willams & Waistell v Network...

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Wastewater, Water
March 21, 2019

Almost 14,000 lodge objections to €500m waste treatment plan

Almost 14,000 objections have been lodged against Irish Water's proposed €500m waste water treatment centre in Clonshaugh, north Dublin. The...

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Wastewater, Water
March 20, 2019

Researchers exploring ways to recover resources from WasteWater

Wastewater is an asset – it contains nutrients, energy and precious metals, and scientists are learning how to recover them.  Their...

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Industrial Emissions, Water
March 20, 2019

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,...

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Environment
March 20, 2019

Sustainability criteria for biofuels specified

On March 13, 2019, the European Commission (EC) published a fact sheet on the sustainability for biofuels specified. EC adopted...

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Biodiversity, Environment
March 20, 2019

The business of biodiversity: can we put a value on nature?

Nature provides people with everything from food and water to timber, textiles, medicinal resources and pollination of crops. Now, a new approach...

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Dewatering
March 19, 2019

Multi-level solutions for deep pit dewatering

The deeper the pit, the more difficult the dewatering process: When conventional pumps reach their limits, often only a multi-level...

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Soil, Soil Pollution
March 19, 2019

EU Regulations governing Soil Pollution

Regulations governing liability for soil pollution (including the allocation, transfer and limitation of liability): Soil pollution is not comprehensively regulated...

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Environmental Impact Assesssment
March 19, 2019

Environmental factors and risks that fall within the scope of Environmental Impact Assessments

Projects that require a preliminary environmental impact assessment The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Directive (2011/92/EU, as amended by 2014/52/EU) applies...

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Water, Water Pollution
March 19, 2019

Irish Water clears massive 8ft sewage blockage in Wicklow

Irish Water have urged residents in Wicklow to ‘Think Before You Flush’, after a massive sewage blockage was cleared from...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
March 19, 2019

Mayfield, Cork demands air pollution monitors

Air pollution monitoring will be prioritised in Mayfield to assess the impacts of up to 1,000 Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs)...

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Environment
March 19, 2019

No deal Brexit ‘devastating’ for the Irish environment

The prospect of the UK leaving the EU on March 29th without a deal poses a severe risk to the environment...

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Licensing & Permitting
March 14, 2019

Environmental Permits – EU and National Regulations

Activities which require an environmental permit and how they are classified for such purposes The European Union’s Industrial Emissions Directive...

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Appropriate Assessment, Water, Water Pollution
March 14, 2019

EU regulations governing Water Pollution – are you compliant?

After the Failure of Ringsend tank led to sewage discharge into Dublin Bay are you compliant with the regulations governing...

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Water
March 13, 2019

Managing a City’s Water is a complex task

We often take a reliable supply of clean water for granted. We turn on the tap and clean water comes...

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Air Pollution, Environment
March 13, 2019

Environmental Pollution has claimed more lives than those who died in World War 2

The United Nations chief environment scientist, Jian Liu has called on nations and individuals to make the environment their number...

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Environment, IPC Licence, Licensing & Permitting
March 12, 2019

Strategic Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment – EC Fact Sheet

1. Why do we need a strategic approach on pharmaceuticals in the environment? Pharmaceuticals are used in human or veterinary...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
March 12, 2019

Cars should be banned from waiting outside schools to cut pollution

Cars should be banned from idling near schools in a bid to cut pollution, health experts have said.  In a...

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Water
March 12, 2019

Google and UN Environment unveil freshwater monitoring app

UN Environment, Google and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre have unveiled a groundbreaking web-based platform that fuses big data and environmental...

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Environmental Impact Assessment, Noise Monitoring
March 12, 2019

Noise Pollution put brakes on Tayto Park plans for €14 million rollercoaster

Four residents living close to Tayto Park have put the brakes on plans for a new ‘iconic’ €14 million steel ride roller coaster...

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Biodiversity, Climate Change
March 12, 2019

Growth in material extraction chief culprit in climate change & biodiversity loss – UN Report

Rapid growth in extraction of materials is the chief culprit in climate change and biodiversity loss – a challenge that will...

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Construction Industry Environmental Services, Environmental Impact
March 7, 2019

Taking action on the total impact of the buildings sector – EU Report

The EU has boldly led global action on energy efficiency in buildings over the past decades. Across the region, a giant industry...

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Environment
March 7, 2019

Irish group takes case to Europe over biomass burning

A subsidy to encourage biomass burning alongside peat for electricity generation is allowing the “commercially unviable” industry to survive, environmentalists...

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Biodiversity, Environment
March 7, 2019

Uncontrolled burning in Wicklow uplands condemned

Gorse fires started in the Wicklow uplands during an exceptionally dry February are damaging to the environment and a threat...

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Environment
March 7, 2019

Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern – UN Environment Report

From the innovations and ethical dilemmas of synthetic biology to the options for appropriate international adaptation to climate change: Frontiers...

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Environment, Pollution
March 7, 2019

Scientists Capture Bacteria That Eat Pollution and Breathe Electricity

In Yellowstone National Park, lies the Heart Lake Geyser Basin. This area is home to pools of hot water, ranging from...

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Environment
March 7, 2019

UN Appeal for courage and resolve in addressing climate change and other pressing challenges.

UN Environment Acting Executive Director Joyce Msuya has issued a forceful call to action ahead of the Fourth UN Environment Assembly,...

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Environment
March 7, 2019

BBC prioritises environment with new natural history programming

The BBC has assembled its largest ever panel of natural history TV presenters to put the environment firmly at the...

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Environment, Environmental Engineer
March 6, 2019

Focus on Verde’s Engineers to mark Engineers Week, 2-8 March 2019

To mark Engineers Ireland’s Engineers Week 2-8 March, 2019, we shine the spotlight on environmental engineering and focus on Verde's...

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Climate Change
March 5, 2019

Implementing climate change agreement would boost jobs, EU report finds

Fully implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change would boost job creation and economic growth in the EU, according to...

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Environment
March 5, 2019

Climate change is seen as the most pressing environmental issue in Ireland – EPA 2018 Report

An overwhelming majority of adults (86%) recognise the value of the environment to the people of Ireland, recent research conducted...

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Environment
March 5, 2019

Climate breakdown is coming. We need a Greener New Deal.

When the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published their latest report in October, the message was stark: if the planet wants...

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Environment
March 5, 2019

UN Environment releases 2018 Annual Report

UN Environment today released its 2018 Annual Report, highlighting the organization’s work on issues from fighting pollution of the air...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
March 5, 2019

Pilot scheme in Munich delivers reduction in air pollution

A four-week pilot project led by Siemens Mobility in Munich has successfully used rerouting technologies to cut carbon and nitrogen emissions in...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
February 28, 2019

Diesel linked to nearly 50% of premature deaths – study

An estimated 385,000 people worldwide died prematurely in 2015 from air pollution caused by vehicle exhaust emissions, a US study...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
February 28, 2019

Every breath we take contains some amount of aerosols

National next-generation air pollution monitoring network Together with my colleagues at the Centre for Climate and Air Pollution Studies at...

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Water, Water Framework Directive
February 26, 2019

“EU rivers and wetlands are dying as a result of pollution and destructive infrastructure” – WWF

Further to our blog post EU Commission reviews progress made in water quality and flood risk management, the WWF European Policy...

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Wastewater
February 26, 2019

Failure of Ringsend tank led to sewage discharge into Dublin Bay

A failure at one of the large processing tanks at Ringsend wastewater treatment plant occurred at the weekend, and caused a discharge...

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Water, Water Framework Directive
February 26, 2019

EU Commission reviews progress made in water quality and flood risk management

The European Commission today published its assessment of both Member States’ River Basin Management Plans and Flood Risk Management Plans...

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Climate Change, Environment
February 26, 2019

EU Environment and Climate Change Law Review

The current EU environment and climate change policy objectives are set out in the Seventh Environmental Action Programme, which guides EU...

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Industrial Emissions
February 26, 2019

Toxic Green snow covers polluted Russian towns

Toxic green and black snow has covered several polluted Russian towns forcing panicked residents to wear masks.  Mass protests have erupted...

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Climate Change, Emissions
February 26, 2019

Good news as climate policies deliver emissions cuts in some countries including Ireland

Efforts to cut climate emissions in countries including Ireland by switching to renewables and saving energy are starting to pay...

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Biodiversity
February 25, 2019

Nature and Biodiversity: What’s in it for You – EU Publication

Biodiversity is the variety of life on our planet. It underpins our well being and the economy. We depend on nature for...

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Contaminated Land Remediation, Soil, Water
February 25, 2019

Strong growth prospects in soil treatment and water quality monitoring find reports

The bioremediation, wider soil treatment, arsenic removal and water monitoring markets are all forecast to grow strongly to 2025, say...

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Air Monitoring, Emissions, Environment
February 25, 2019

Impact on the Environment of Building A Smart City

Reduced emissions and clear air represent tangible gains that flow from a smart city project. Citizens that share commutes, travel...

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Emissions, Environment
February 25, 2019

Sustainable Biofuels – EU Commission Calls on Six Member States, including Ireland, to Enact Rules

Earlier this year, the European Commission issued cautionary notices to a number of Member States relating to their failure to...

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Construction Industry Environmental Services
February 25, 2019

Environmental Services to Construction Industry

Verde Environmental Consultants offer a wide range of environmental services to the construction industry including: Environmental & Occupational Exposure Risk...

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Energy Services
February 21, 2019

Progress on energy efficiency in Europe

Energy efficiency continues to improve in Europe. In most countries, heating is where the largest share of energy is used...

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Environment
February 20, 2019

Is lab-grown meat really better for the environment?

Growing meat in the laboratory may do more damage to the climate in the long run than meat from cattle,...

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Biodiversity
February 20, 2019

Government to scale up efforts to prevent species loss – National Biodiversity Conference

The Government is to scale up efforts to address widespread species loss in Ireland and to protect habitats details of which will...

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Environment
February 19, 2019

Wicklow worst county for illegal dumping – EPA figures

Figures provided by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also show that, in the past four years, the tip-off line has...

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River Basin Management Plan
February 19, 2019

River drainage basin map of Ireland

Beautiful and informative river drainage basin map of Ireland. The River Shannon is Ireland’s longest river (224 miles, 360 km)...

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River Monitoring, Water
February 19, 2019

Microbes, capillaries and why we need to change how we think about rivers

Connected smaller bodies of waters act as both buffers and filters for larger rivers and streams.  The fact that something...

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Environment
February 19, 2019

Fast Fashion Industry Wielding Detrimental Effects on the Environment

The phrase “fast fashion” has been lampooned around quite a lot lately. For those who don’t know, it refers to...

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Environment
February 19, 2019

Microplastics widespread in our environment, warns UCC Professor

Microplastics are small plastic pieces 5 mm or less, either produced as small pieces such as microbeads or worn down from...

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Clean Up Oil Spill, Emergency Pollution Response, Oil Spill Clean Up, Oil Spill Remediation
February 14, 2019

Private Surface Water Lines identified as source of Brosna River Oil Contamination.

There has been fury locally for two months over the leak – but at last week’s meeting of the Mullingar...

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Appropriate Assessment, Environmental Impact Assesssment
February 14, 2019

Dublin mountain visitor centre on hold over environmental assessments

Plans for a new visitor centre in the Dublin Mountains have been put on hold due to concerns from the...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
February 13, 2019

European Air Quality Index – check out air quality where you live

Check out the European Air Quality Index to find out how the air quality is where you live. Verde Environmental...

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Climate Change
February 13, 2019

Five ways behavioural science can transform climate change action

Eating less meat, flying less, or opting for renewable energy can accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. But why...

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Oil Spill Remediation
February 13, 2019

Oil Spill Clean Up Equipment in use at a property in Co. Laois

At a property recently where the homeowner suffered a loss of 200 litres of heating oil from a leak in a...

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Oil Spill Remediation
February 13, 2019

Verde demonstrates their Oil Spill Response Equipment to Film Location Managers

After being called to an emergency oil spill incident on a film location site in Co. Wicklow recently where 280l...

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Emissions, Environment
February 12, 2019

Not taxing carbon would seriously undermine the State’s mitigation strategy

The Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action has held a series of public hearings on how Ireland’s carbon emissions can be...

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Climate Change, Emissions, Energy
February 12, 2019

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....

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Environment
February 12, 2019

Environment in multiple crises – report

Politicians and policymakers have failed to grasp the gravity of the environmental crisis facing the Earth, a report claims. The...

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Environment
February 12, 2019

Butterfly monitoring project will enable improvements to Europe’s environment

A major new EU Pilot Project will monitor population trends of butterflies to assess the health of the environment and...

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Remediation
February 12, 2019

No definitive timeline for resumption of Haulbowline remediation

Clean-up works on of one of Ireland’s worst cases of industrial pollution, the former Ispat/Irish Steel site on Haulbowline Island...

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Emissions, Industrial Emissions, IPC Licence, Pollution
February 7, 2019

Scientists to create new ‘chemical noses’ to rid the environment of industrial pollutants

Scientists from five European countries have joined forces to develop next-generation 'chemical noses' to remove industrial pollutants from the environment....

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Environment
February 6, 2019

15 ways the Trump administration has changed environmental policies

Since the Trump administration took office, it has been fighting what they call an “anti-growth” agenda put in place by...

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Dewatering
February 6, 2019

The American Falls dewatering project stalled due to lack of funding

Three years after the announcement of plans of shutting off the American Falls in 2019, state officials now say that...

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Environmental Impact Assesssment
February 6, 2019

High Court quashes oil exploration license off Cork coast over environmental assessment screening process

A license granted for oil and gas exploration off the Cork coast was today quashed in a High Court settlement...

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Environment, Sustainable Development
February 6, 2019

EU publishes Reflection Paper on a Sustainable Europe by 2030

As part of the debate on the future of Europe, launched with the Commission's White Paper of 1 March 2017, the European...

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Wind Energy, Wind Farms
February 6, 2019

IWEA Award Winners leading the way to a carbon free energy future for Ireland

More than 300 people from Ireland’s leading renewable energy companies were joined by Minister Richard Bruton TD and MC, broadcaster...

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IPC Licence, Licensing & Permitting
February 6, 2019

EPA publishes National Priority Sites List for July-December 2018

The EPA has developed a system to rank industrial and waste licensed sites (Integration Pollution Control) in order of priority...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
February 6, 2019

Europe’s most deprived areas ‘hit hardest by air pollution’

Pollution and other environmental hazards pose health risks to everyone, but have greater impacts on some people due to their...

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Water
February 6, 2019

Ireland ranks among 15% of world’s inland surface water areas covered by protected areas, 1st global assessment

At least 15% of the world’s inland surface water areas are covered by protected areas, according to a new study...

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Dewatering
January 31, 2019

Ongoing Goundwater Dewatering and Treatment on Dublin construction site

Verde's dewatering tank undertaking ongoing groundwater dewatering and treatment on a construction site in Dublin where the main basement dig is...

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Appropriate Assessment, Environmental Impact Assessment
January 31, 2019

Ever Evolving Planning & Environmental Law Landscape in Ireland – Mason Hayes & Curran Report

Launching judicial reviews for strategic infrastructure developments The Planning and Development Act 2000 as amended provides for a special planning...

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Noise, Noise Monitoring
January 31, 2019

Is noise pollution damaging our health?

When we think about pollution we usually point to foul air, unsafe water, or toxic waste.  But as we enter 2019,...

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Contaminated Land Remediation, Contaminated Site Management, Energy Services, Environmental Due Diligence, Licensing & Permitting
January 29, 2019

Comprehensive overview of conducting Real Estate transactions in Ireland

Current trends in and future prospects for the real estate market (both commercial and residential) in Ireland The office market...

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Energy Services
January 29, 2019

Businesses placing increased focus on monitoring energy usage

Research published last week by Pinergy, reveals how businesses are placing increased focus when it comes to monitoring their energy...

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Environment
January 29, 2019

Dramatic growth in laws to protect environment, but widespread failure to enforce, UN Report

The first-ever global assessment of environmental rule of law finds weak enforcement to be a global trend that is exacerbating...

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Environment
January 24, 2019

David Attenborough and Prince William take world leaders to task on environment

Sir David Attenborough has warned that humankind has the power to exterminate whole ecosystems “without even noticing”, and urged world leaders to...

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Environment
January 23, 2019

Could being a Flexitarianism save the planet?

It has been known for a while that the amount of animal products being eaten is bad for both the...

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Environment
January 23, 2019

Transport’s true cost to the environment – EU Study

A European commission study found our polluting behaviours are being heavily subsidised through taxes and by those whose quality of life is...

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Environment
January 23, 2019

Reconnecting with an environment both rich and fragile

The most important environmental problem that we're facing today is humanity's irrational and unsustainable over-exploitation of natural resources. This is...

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Lake Monitoring, Water
January 23, 2019

Grim warnings about effect of any major pollution on Lough Mask

An extension to Tourmakeady Sewerage Scheme is vital to protect the Lough Mask Regional Water Supply Scheme, which covers a...

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IPC Licence, Licensing & Permitting
January 23, 2019

Environmental licenses required for Irish data centres

Many activities relating to the operation of a data centre need both planning permission and an environmental permit. These regimes...

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Soil
January 22, 2019

Scientists create “fabricated” soils

New ways of making custom soil from waste could help solve food security problems with degraded soil a growing problem....

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Environmental Due Diligence
January 22, 2019

The cost of not carrying out Environmental Due Diligence can run to Millions as Events D.C. found out.

Events D.C., the city’s conventions and sports authority, is raising the price tag of planned community sports fields at the RFK Stadium...

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Consultancy, environmental consultants
January 22, 2019

Environmental consulting defies Brexit worries

UK sector records solid growth again as nation's appetite (and we can assume same for Ireland) for infrastructure provides no...

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Oil Spill Clean Up, Oil Spill Remediation
January 22, 2019

Environmental issues for Irish data centres

Some of the specific data centre environmental issues that are relevant to data centre operations are: Fuel storage and dangerous...

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Planning
January 22, 2019

Better Planning: reforms for sustainable development – IBEC Report

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has published - Better Planning: reforms for sustainable development - as part of its ongoing Better...

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Wastewater, Water
January 17, 2019

Study confirms micro-algae’s cleaning ability in wastewater treatment

Environmental engineers have discovered that Chlorella vulgaris, a single-celled fresh water algae species, effectively removes pollutants from wastewater even at...

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Environment
January 17, 2019

Romeo, ‘world’s loneliest frog’, finally finds a partner

He may be named after one of literature’s most famous lovers, but one lonely frog has spent more than a...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
January 17, 2019

Scented candles polluting our air and damaging health says UCC professor

SCENTED candles are a danger and should be avoided, a Cork Chemistry professor has said.  Professor John Sodeau of the Centre...

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Oil Spill Clean Up
January 17, 2019

Introducing our NEW DEDICATED OIL SPILL CLEAN UP Website!

Introducing our NEW DEDICATED OIL SPILL CLEAN UP Website! www.oilcleanup.ie Everything you need to know about cleaning up an oil...

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Environment
January 16, 2019

No-deal Brexit would have an immediate effect on the environment

Environmental experts have called on MPs to rule out 'no-deal' after Theresa May faced a crushing defeat on her Brexit...

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Hydrogeology, Water
January 16, 2019

More action needed to tackle mixtures of chemicals in Europe’s waters

Despite successes in addressing some of the most hazardous chemicals, more attention is needed to address the danger posed by...

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Environment
January 16, 2019

With the environment in mind, a UK company says 40% of its new dog food consists of flies

Unless you're living under a rock, you should be aware of the problems around environmental sustainability – and potential solutions...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
January 16, 2019

Thailand seeks to make it rain as air pollution chokes Bangkok

Thailand is set to deploy rainmaking planes to seed clouds in an effort to tackle the blanket of pollution that...

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Emissions
January 14, 2019

Friends of the Earth warns Government over carbon tax

Friends of the Earth has called on the Government to include the carbon tax in a series of decarbonisation measures...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
January 14, 2019

New air pollution plans improve on EU rules, UK government claims

The UK government has set out new plans on air pollution that ministers say go beyond existing EU rules, with...

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Emissions, Licensing & Permitting
January 14, 2019

Issuing of Carbon Cheques being considered by Irish Government

Carbon cheques to be distributed per capita in order to compensate for the increased costs brought about by carbon taxation, ...

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Water
January 14, 2019

Protests over plans for Lough Ree Water Extraction

Over 300 people attended a protest in Westmeath last weekend against plans to extract some nine million gallons of water a day...

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Water
January 14, 2019

Scientists investigate effects of cattle manure on water quality

EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) scientists have started investigating how chemical substances migrate from cattle manure to water. The research...

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engineer, Environment
January 14, 2019

2019 Special Commemoration Year for Chartered Engineers and Engineers Ireland

The establishment in Ireland 50 years ago this year, of the professional title of Chartered Engineer, considered to be the...

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Waste Management
January 14, 2019

A million nappies and 500,000 coffee cups are binned each day

Ireland now dumps more than €3m of food each day, new research has shown - and a new RTÉ documentary...

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Energy Services, Wind Energy, Wind Farms
January 10, 2019

Irish Energy Update: Overview of 2018

2020 Targets Even the relatively casual observer of the Irish energy sector will be familiar with the Irish government’s “40%...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
January 10, 2019

Open fires on Christmas Day in Ireland gazumped air pollution levels in Beijing – BTYSTE project findings

In his speech to open the BT Young Scientist of the Year ceremony, President Michael D Higgins praised the high...

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Water
January 9, 2019

Nine Things you need to know about Water Efficiency

1. Accessible freshwater accounts for less than 1% of all water on the Planet. Water covers 70% of the Planet...

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Environmental Impact Assessment
January 9, 2019

Strategic Environmental Assessment – EPA funded 2nd review

The second review of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) effectiveness in Ireland is currently being carried out by an EPA-funded project...

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Hydrogeological Assessment, Hydrogeology, Water
January 9, 2019

Impact of changing climate, land & water usage on Europe’s water resources – report

In this work, an assessment of the impacts of climate change on Europe’s water resources has been performed, focusing on...

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Oil Spill Clean Up, Oil Spill Remediation
January 9, 2019

Whiddy Island oil tanker Disaster Remembered 40 years on

Commemoration events to mark the 40th anniversary of the tragic Whiddy Island disaster, which took the lives of 51 people,...

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Climate Change
January 9, 2019

Climate change and pollution among topics explored at BTYSTE

Thousands of students and others are expected to visit the RDS in Dublin over the next few days to view...

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Environment
January 8, 2019

National designated protected areas in Europe increasing – 160k (ha) in Ireland

In 2017, nationally designated protected areas covered almost 26% of land area & inland waters across 39 European countries. With...

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Emissions, Licensing & Permitting
January 3, 2019

Activities requiring an environmental permit and their classification

The European Union’s Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) (2010/75/EU) requires the following categories of activity to operate in accordance with a permit: energy...

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Climate Change, Environment
January 3, 2019

Ireland ratifies Kigali Amendment to avoid up to 0.4°C of global warming this century

The world has taken an important step on the road to drastically reduce the production and consumption of powerful greenhouse...

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River Basin Management Plan, Water Pollution
January 2, 2019

Pollutions levels examined in Lough Melvin

Lough Melvin is one of the first of Leitrim’s lakes to be investigated in relation to pollution by the new...

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Environment
January 2, 2019

Green New Year’s resolutions that put the environment first

After a wasteful Christmas, here are some suggestions to restore your impact on the environment in 2019: 1. Walk, run...

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Environment
January 2, 2019

From the most Wonderful to the most Wasteful time of the year

Christmas can have a startling impact on the environment. The figures from the UK show - 300,000 tonnes of card packaging...

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Environment
January 2, 2019

Government to phase out single-use plastics

Single-use plastics are to be phased out across all government departments and agencies before wider laws are introduced to completely...

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Climate Change, Environment
January 2, 2019

UN Environment interview with Ireland’s Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

What do you think is the most pressing environmental issue today and why? Ireland recognizes that climate change, which interacts...

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Contaminated Land Remediation, Contaminated Site Management, Remediation
December 20, 2018

Decades long row over homes on contaminated land

A new proposal has been submitted to build nearly 200 homes on a former brick works with developers vowing to...

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Environment
December 20, 2018

UK Government publishes post Brexit draft Environment Bill, in part

The government's promised green watchdog will be called the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP), and will have the power to...

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Environment
December 20, 2018

European officials agree ban on some single-use plastics

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have reached a provisional political agreement on the ambitious new...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
December 20, 2018

Possible Banksy artwork depicting industrial pollution appears in Port Talbot

World-famous street artist Banksy is believed to have visited Port Talbot in Wales, leaving a new artwork behind that appears...

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Energy, Energy Services
December 19, 2018

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...

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Environment
December 19, 2018

Ireland to generate 86,000 tonnes of packaging waste this Christmas

The average person generates about 25 per cent more waste than during the rest of the year and a new...

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Environment
December 19, 2018

Make your Christmas environmentally friendly

Christmas is a time of celebration, but once the party's over, a huge amount of waste is generated.  From mid-November...

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Environment
December 18, 2018

Potential impact of the proposed Brexit deal on Environmental Protection

As Parliament debates the draft Withdrawal Agreement we look at the potential impact of the proposed Brexit deal on Environmental...

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Emissions, Licensing & Permitting
December 18, 2018

Emission limits for power plants would result in significant pollution cuts in the EU

European Union (EU) Member States have an opportunity to set ambitious limits for pollutant emissions from power plants. According to...

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December 18, 2018

Wind driving Ireland’s energy future – report

Last week’s Energy in Ireland 2018 report from the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland (SEAI) confirms wind is driving Ireland’s...

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Climate Change
December 18, 2018

Irish action on climate change is worst in Europe – new report

Ireland’s performance on climate action has been ranked as the worst in the entire EU28 and among the worst in...

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Noise Monitoring
December 18, 2018

New Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill introduced

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, has published the Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill, 2018 which appoints a...

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Environmental Impact Assessment
December 13, 2018

Warrenpoint Port cancels plans to dump dredged material – potential environmental impact

Warrenpoint Port has cancelled plans to dump dredged material near protected areas in Carlingford Lough because of the potential environmental...

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Water, Water Pollution
December 13, 2018

Council to investigate water pollution at Dublin City beaches

Sandymount Strand had “poor” water quality in 2017, said Andy Fanning, an environmental scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

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Climate Change
December 13, 2018

Ireland not part of alliance pledging to step up efforts at UN climate change talks

The UN climate talks have received a much-needed injection as they enter their final hours, with an alliance of 27...

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Wind Energy, Wind Farms
December 12, 2018

Coillte initiates planning talks for €150m wind farm in Co Clare

State forestry firm Coillte is planning to build a new wind farm in Co Clare that's likely to cost as much as...

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Wind Energy, Wind Farms
December 12, 2018

Wind leading Ireland’s fight against climate change – EPA Report

The Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) has welcomed the Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2017 report from the Environmental Protection Agency, which...

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Emissions
December 12, 2018

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased slightly – EPA report

Greenhouse gas emissions figures released last week by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that Ireland’s emissions decreased slightly in...

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Environment
December 12, 2018

Calling time on fossil fuel subsidies – UN

UN Environment is working with governments to collect internationally coherent data on fossil fuel subsidies that can help advance global...

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Air Pollution
December 12, 2018

Which European city hopes to plant three million new trees by 2030?

The Italian city of Milan has ambitious plans to plant three million new trees by 2030, a move that experts...

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Emissions, Licensing & Permitting
December 12, 2018

Modern incinerators still emit dangerous pollutants, report finds

Even the world’s most modern waste incinerators still emit dangerous pollutants far beyond EU toxic emissions limit, a new study has revealed.  The...

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Environment
December 12, 2018

Legislation on microplastics missing globally, UN report

While legislation to tackle plastic waste increases globally, microplastic pollution remains an overlooked problem, a new UN report has revealed.  The new report Legal...

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River Basin Management Plan, Water
December 12, 2018

New Local Authority Waters Programme Catchment Assessment Team announced

Ireland’s River Basin Management Plan 2018 – 2021 was launched in April 2018, setting out measures to be implemented over...

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Water
December 5, 2018

Waste water issues continue to damage water quality

Raw sewage from the equivalent of 88,000 people in 38 towns and villages is still flowing into our rivers and...

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Soil
December 5, 2018

EU committed to remediation of contaminated sites – #World Soil Day.

Soil is a fundamental natural resource that influences numerous policy areas. It is not only vital for a healthy environment...

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Soil, soil waste classification
December 5, 2018

#World Soil Day. Soil is important element of the climate system.

Soil is an important — and often neglected — element of the climate system. It is the second largest carbon...

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Noise Monitoring
December 5, 2018

Complaints aplenty but no specific noise control legislation for ‘crow bangers’

Farmers, for over 50 years, have been using bird pest control measures but no specific national legislation exists in relation...

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Air Monitoring, Noise Monitoring, Vibration Monitoring
December 4, 2018

Reduce the number of complaints you receive about Noise, Vibration and Air Quality – FREE Quote

ATTENTION CONSTRUCTION & INDUSTRIAL SITES! Reduce the number of complaints you receive about Noise, Vibration and Air Quality Noise, vibration...

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Wastewater
December 3, 2018

Sea anemone–inspired particles clean wastewater – new research

Scientists have created a nanoparticle-based material that does double duty when cleaning up wastewater—filtering out small particulate matter and dissolved...

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December 3, 2018

Local Authority Adaptation Strategy Development Guidelines

Seán Canney T.D., Minister of State for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development launched the Local Authority Adaptation Strategy...

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Emissions
December 3, 2018

Total ban on plastics ‘could damage environment’

Banning plastic in a bid to cut pollution and tackle climate change could cause environmental damage, a team of academics...

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Emissions, Licensing & Permitting
December 3, 2018

State requests consultation over cross-border emissions concerns

The State has requested Donegal County Council to undertake a transboundary public consultation due to concerns raised by environmentalists over...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution, Environmental Impact Assessment, Wastewater
December 3, 2018

An Bord Pleanála grants permission for plastic factory despite environmental concerns

An Bord Pleanála (ABP) has granted planning permission for a plastic factory in Skibbereen, Co Cork despite deep reservations from...

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Appropriate Assessment
December 3, 2018

Managing Natura 2000 sites – provisions of Article 6 of the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC

At sea or on land, healthy ecosystems can help mitigate Climate Change impacts. In Europe, the Natura 2000 sites are...

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Construction Industry Environmental Services
December 3, 2018

€100m announced under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund – Project Ireland 2040

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD and the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy TD, have announced that...

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Water
December 3, 2018

Who polices the polluters of the State’s rivers, lakes and canals?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforces licences issued to Irish Water for operating waste-water treatment plants and industrial/waste licences issued...

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Environment
December 3, 2018

Artificial Christmas trees increasingly popular, despite environmental concerns

Real Christmas trees are better for the environment, but Irish shoppers prefer their artificial counterparts, retailers have revealed.  Retailers say that...

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Water
December 3, 2018

Water Quality in 2017: an indicators report – EPA

The EPA has released the Water Quality in 2017: An Indicators Report for Ireland. The 16 indicators in the report provide...

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Environmental Impact Assessment
November 29, 2018

An Taisce challenges oil and gas exploration off Cork coast –

An Taisce has initiated judicial review proceedings against the Department for Climate Action (DCCAE) in relation to the granting of...

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Environment
November 29, 2018

EU continues to fall short of achieving a number of environmental objectives by 2020

The EU continues to fall short of achieving a number of environmental objectives by 2020, especially in areas aimed at...

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Clean Up Oil Spill, Oil Spill, Oil Spill Clean Up, Oil Spill Remediation
November 28, 2018

Limerick family who claim they suffered respiratory issues after oil spill settle actions

A Limerick family who claimed they suffered respiratory type problems as a result of an alleged leak of kerosene heating...

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Emissions
November 28, 2018

Overview of Low-Carbon Development Strategies in European Countries

The European Commission in its low-carbon economy suggest cutting domestic Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by...

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Climate Change, Emissions
November 28, 2018

Nations must triple efforts to reach 2°C target. UN Emissions Gap Report 2018

Global emissions are on the rise as national commitments to combat climate change come up short. But surging momentum from...

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Energy, Energy Services, Environment
November 27, 2018

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...

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Environment
November 27, 2018

Activists demand UK environment watchdog in Brexit trade deal

Green campaigners have urged the European commission to ensure a post-Brexit trade deal guarantees a powerful environmental watchdog in the...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
November 27, 2018

Air Quality in Ireland 2017: Key Indicators of Ambient Air Quality – EPA Report

The Environmental Protection Agency Air Quality in Ireland 2017 – Key Indicators of Ambient Air Quality report, released today, shows that while...

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Water
November 27, 2018

Upgrade to 12 Waste Water Treatment Plants across North Cork

North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea has this week welcomed funding of over €835,000 from Irish Water to...

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Construction and Demolition Waste Management Plan, Construction Industry Environmental Services
November 27, 2018

Dublin crane count in November reaches record high

There were 102 cranes visible over the centre of Dublin on November 1st from the seventh floor of The Irish Times building...

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Environment
November 27, 2018

Ireland set to become first country to divest from fossil fuels

The Seanad has passed a historic Bill to make Ireland the first country in the world to fully divest from...

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Environment
November 22, 2018

Black Friday shopping hurts the environment

On the busiest shopping days of the year, here's how your consumer habits could impact the environment: How you'll buy...

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Climate Change
November 22, 2018

Minister Bruton Secures Government Approval to Develop All of Government Climate Plan

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment announced yesterday that he has secured government approval to draw up an...

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Climate Change
November 22, 2018

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere reach new record, WMO finds

The levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached another new record high with no sign of a reversal...

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Environment
November 21, 2018

Coalition2030 officially launches report on Ireland’s progress on SDG goals

Minister Sean Canney launched the Coalition 2030 SDG ‘Shadow Report’ in Dublin today. The Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan 2018-2020,...

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Water
November 21, 2018

Intensive agriculture affecting EU drinking water quality

Europe’s intensive agriculture strategy is affecting the EU’s drinking water quality, one of Europe’s leading conservation NGO has said. Birdlife...

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Groundwater
November 21, 2018

Reducing water scarcity by restoring contaminated groundwater aquifers

The fight against water scarcity is becoming one of the main 21st century challenges, with securing a clean supply key...

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Environment
November 21, 2018

EU Parliament adopts comprehensive environmental package

On 25 October 2018 Parliament adopted a new comprehensive environmental package comprising: the Aarhus Participation Act; an amendment to the...

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Construction Industry Environmental Services
November 20, 2018

Fifty-four percent of Irish organisations expect their projects to be green by 2021.

Fifty-four percent of Irish organisations participating in the World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report expect their projects to be green by...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
November 20, 2018

Diesel pollution stunts children’s lung growth – study

Pollution from diesel vehicles is stunting the growth of children’s lungs, leaving them damaged for life, a major study has found.  The...

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Emissions
November 20, 2018

Mercury pollution remains a problem in Europe and globally

Historical and current emissions of mercury continue to present a significant risk to the environment and human health, according to...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
November 20, 2018

Traffic pollution linked to ‘significant’ increased autism risk – study

Exposure to traffic pollution in the womb is linked to a small but significant increased risk of autism in children,...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
November 20, 2018

Delhi lungs turn brown in days

A pair of artificial lungs put up in New Delhi to demonstrate the lethal effects of smog have turned a...

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River Basin Management Plan, River Monitoring, Water
November 20, 2018

Restoring floodplains would improve state of water – EEA report

Areas next to rivers hold potential for cost-effective flood protection and improving the health of an entire river ecosystem. According...

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Climate Change
November 20, 2018

Climate Change – 5 main causes of greenhouse gas emissions. Bill Gates

Think of some inventions that help fight climate change. What came to mind first? I bet you thought of solar panels...

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Environment, IPC Licence, Licensing & Permitting
November 20, 2018

Huge opposition to Irish Cement’s Mungret proposal on environmental grounds

Limerick Against Pollution wants the regulator to hold oral hearing.  The group set up in opposition to Irish Cement’s €10m plans...

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Emissions, Environment
November 20, 2018

Huge expansion of agri-food industry is harming Environment

Green energy subsidies are fuelling the rise of poultry mega-farms across Northern Ireland, with owners accused of contaminating sensitive habitats with...

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Environment
November 14, 2018

How cleaning craze is damaging the environment

Friends of the Earth wants to encourage those who want a clean home to think about the cleanliness of the...

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Oil Absorbents, Oil Spill, Oil Spill Clean Up, Oil Spill Remediation, Products
November 13, 2018

Product Focus – Oil Only Absorbents

Verde supplies a specialised range of high quality oil only absorbent and chemical binders, providing our clients with the best absorbent and...

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Habitats Directive, Natura 2000
November 13, 2018

EU Commission calls on Ireland to finalise designation of conservation areas

The European Commission is urging Ireland to respect obligations under the Habitats Directive (Council Directive 92/43/EEC) for the protection of natural...

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River Basin Management Plan, Water Framework Directive
November 13, 2018

Roll out of Sustainability Support & Advisory Programme announced

The Minister for Agriculture, Food & Marine, Michael Creed TD, has announced the roll-out of an innovative collaboration between Government...

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Environment
November 13, 2018

Call for hefty fines on businesses found guilty of large-scale environmental contamination

A Wicklow-based environmental group has called on the Government to bring in new legislation that would impose hefty fines on...

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Appropriate Assessment, Environmental Risk Assessment
November 13, 2018

EU court judgement may have implications for planned Kilkenny ring road on environmental grounds

A new judgement from the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) may have major implications for a proposed...

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Waste Management
November 13, 2018

EPA conference considers the challenge of plastics for Ireland

The Environmental Protection Agency’s conference, Moving Ireland into the New Plastics Economy, took place in Dublin last week, November 08 2018.  Opening the...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
November 13, 2018

Freezing outdoor Air Pollution can prevent fumes coming inside

Freezing pollution before it enters offices and homes through air conditioning units can prevent 99pc of fumes coming inside, scientists...

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Environmental Due Diligence
November 8, 2018

EU Investment Firms Must Tell Clients about Environmental Risks

The European Parliament’s Committee of Economic and Monetary Affairs decided on Monday that investment firms will from now on have...

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Habitats Directive, Legislation, Planning
November 7, 2018

Mitigation and Compensatory Measures under Article 6 Habitats Directive

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) recently clarified the distinction between mitigation measures and compensatory measures under...

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Oil Drum Skimmers, Products
November 7, 2018

Product Focus – Oil Drum Skimmers

Verde supply a unique range of marine oil drum skimmers. The skimmers use a patented design in which rotating drums...

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Wind Energy, Wind Farms
November 7, 2018

Ireland top user in Europe of Wind Energy in its Electricity yesterday

Ireland was the top user in Europe of Wind Energy in its Electricity yesterday.  Wind energy contributed 12.9% of Europe's electricity...

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Environmental Due Diligence
November 6, 2018

More private markets managers incorporating ESG into due diligence — survey

Most managers in the private markets industry are keenly aware of risks and opportunities associated with investing with environmental, social...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
November 6, 2018

Irish team second in EU award for project to tackle urban air pollution

Last week, the European Commission announced the winner of a €3 million award for the EU Horizon Prize on Materials...

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Environment
November 6, 2018

Six products you didn’t know were harming the environment

Sunscreen Researchers believe 10 chemical ingredients found in sunscreen are highly toxic to marine life, and can make coral more...

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Environment
November 1, 2018

Environment must be at core of farming

The “artificial divide” between farmers and environmentalists has been criticised by MEP Mairead McGuinness, who said that many farmers are...

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Environmental Due Diligence
November 1, 2018

Developers – Be Aware of the Environmental Issues to Consider in a Property Transaction

When looking at either buying or selling real estate in Ireland, there are environmental issues to consider: Environmental Certifications Depending...

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Water, Water Framework Directive
October 31, 2018

Main pressures on water in the EU are nutrient loading and abstraction

The new CAP has greater ambitions for climate action and environmental care including water, according to Gerard Shortle, DG Environment,...

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Environment
October 31, 2018

The destruction of nature is as dangerous as Climate Change

Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn...

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Environment
October 30, 2018

Department of Communications Climate Action & Environment issues Annual Report

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment has published its Annual Report 2017.  ​The Department's mission is to support economic...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
October 30, 2018

Air pollution still too high across Europe

Although air pollution is slowly easing in EU countries, it still causes nearly half a million early deaths each year,...

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October 25, 2018

Health & Safety performance a cornerstone of our business. #SafetyWeek

Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental performance are cornerstones of Verde's business. We always put health & safety as a first...

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Climate Change, Environment
October 25, 2018

EU invests €243 million in 142 new environment, nature and climate action

The European Commission has approved an investment package of €243 million from the EU budget for projects under the LIFE...

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Discharge Licence, Licensing & Permitting, Water
October 24, 2018

Local Government (Water Pollution) (Amendment) Bill 2018 before Dáil Éireann

The Local Government (Water Pollution) (Amendment) Bill 2018 was initiated on 27 September 2018 with the purpose to amend the provisions...

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Construction and Demolition Waste Management Plan, Construction Industry Environmental Services
October 24, 2018

Construction and demolition waste is the biggest waste stream in the EU by weight – Report

The report from the EU Commission on the implementation of EU waste legislation, including the early warning report for Member...

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Waste Acceptance Criteria, Waste Management
October 24, 2018

14 EU Member States at Risk of Missing Recycling Target

Action plans aimed at helping the fourteen member states considered to be at greatest risk of missing the EU’s 2020...

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
October 24, 2018

Coughing Teddy Bear Raises Air Pollution Awareness

This cuddly bear is a physical manifestation of the horrific air pollution in the London area of Brixton. When air...

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Brownfield Site Development, Contaminated Site Management, Environmental Due Diligence, soil waste classification
October 24, 2018

Don’t let Contaminated Soil Remediation costs hit you like a ton of bricks

The New Lincoln Elementary School was demolished without fanfare this summer after years of standing vandalized and vacant in Lackawanna’s...

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Brownfield Site Development, Contaminated Site Management
October 23, 2018

Laois factory land will take years to decontaminate and remediate says EPA

Contaminated site remediation has finally begun on a factory site in Laois, and it will take years to make the...

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Water
October 23, 2018

Water pollution – the drastic impact it is having on our environment.

Why is water an environmental concern? Water pollution is an increasingly dangerous problem, affecting people across the world. Some people...

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Brownfield Site Development, Environmental Due Diligence
October 23, 2018

Environmental Considerations When Buying a Possibly Contaminated Property

The availability of large tracts of land on which to build new projects in advantageous locations is shrinking.  As a...

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Wastewater, Water, Water Pollution, Water Services
October 23, 2018

Failure to treat waste water properly is damaging our rivers and coastal waters – EPA report

Though we have seen some improvements, Ireland is not investing quickly enough to provide the infrastructure needed to treat our...

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Japanese Knotweed
October 23, 2018

Council agrees to help rid Dublin neighbourhood of hated Japanese Knotweed

Dublin City Council has agreed to work to eliminate one of Europe’s most hated weeds found on privately owned land...

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Noise Monitoring
October 23, 2018

EPA Strategic Environmental Noise Maps Round 3

The EPA have issued Round 3 of its Strategic Noise Maps.  The main focus of noise maps is for strategic management...

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Industrial Emissions, IPC Licence, Licensing & Permitting
October 23, 2018

EPA publishes latest National Priority Sites for Enforcement List

The EPA has developed a system to rank industrial and waste licensed sites (Integration Pollution Control) in order of priority...

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soil waste classification
October 23, 2018

EPA consultation on proposed Guidance on Soil and Stone By-products – Article 27

From 19 October 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency has initiated a public consultation period relating to proposed Guidance on Soil...

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Noise, Noise Monitoring
October 23, 2018

Preventing noise pollution: Appreciate the sound of silence

The manslaughter conviction last week of a farmer in Tralee shows how all-pervasive one of the curses of our age...

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Biodiversity, Environment
October 23, 2018

Dubai environment summit told rapid regional growth has come at huge cost

Rapid economic growth in the UAE and across Asia has come at a huge environmental cost and degradation to biodiversity,...

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Environment
October 17, 2018

What Brexit could mean for the next 40 years of EU environmental policy and Ireland

Speech given by Nigel Haigh, Honorary Fellow of Institute for European Environmental Policy, at the Environment Ireland Conference 2018 The...

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Sustainable Development
October 17, 2018

Can a unified path for development and conservation lead to a better future?

There is an emerging model for cross-sector collaboration that aims to create a world ready for the sustainability challenges ahead....

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Air Monitoring, Air Pollution
October 17, 2018

Emissions of the main air pollutants in Europe have decreased

Emissions of the main air pollutants decreased significantly in Europe since 1990. The EU met its continuing obligation to maintain...

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Hydrogeology, Water
October 17, 2018

When yesterday’s agriculture feeds today’s water pollution

A study led by researchers at Université de Montréal quantifies for the first time the maximum amount of nutrients—specifically, phosphorus—that...

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Environment, Pollution
October 16, 2018

Plastic in the ocean: the facts, effects and new EU rules

The results of today’s single-use, throw-away plastic culture can be seen on sea shores and in oceans everywhere. Plastic waste...

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Environment
October 16, 2018