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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 – a significant step towards decarbonising and modernising the European mobility sector and put the EU on track to become climate neutral. As a result of the new rules, in 2030, emissions from new cars will have to be 37.5% lower and emissions from new vans 31% lower, compar...
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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 the Obama administration. Regulations that required businesses to spend time and money to meet the former administration's environmental standards were swiftly reviewed and, in many cases, rolled back. National Geographic has been tracking the decisions that will impact Americ...
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TidyTowns ramping up biodiversity efforts

While tidy by definition means “arranged neatly and in order”, it is becoming clear that the TidyTowns competition is making moves to embrace the wild and spontaneous essence of our diverse environment. The TidyTowns website explains that concepts have changed over the years and ideas as to what constitutes a tidy town from 20 years ago would “not necessarily be reflected in TidyTowns today”. A...
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MaREI receives research funding to support Ireland’s environmental, energy and climate targets

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