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Significant drop in EU emissions in 2018 but effort needed to reach 2030 target

In Ireland, annual emission allocations were exceeded in 2017 by 3 Mt CO2e or 6%. Recent ESD emissions estimates indicate that the gap nearly doubled in 2018. Surplus allowances accumulated between 2013 and 2015 are currently still sufficient to cover the gap towards achieving Ireland's ESD target, but emissions have been steadily rising since 2014. The emaining surplus in 2018 is estimated to be ...
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Ecology and climate & energy consultancy tipped for growth

Environment Analyst has released its UK Environmental Consulting Service Area Opportunities 2019 report - providing in-depth market data and qualitative analysis of the drivers and constraints across eleven core EC disciplines [see below for full list]. It shines a light on the sector’s hotspots – notably ecology and climate change & energy – as well as those which are less than dynamic such a...
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Building costs rise over rules on energy

Construction costs are forecast to rise 6.3pc this year as new energy efficiency standards increase demand for specialist workers and materials, according to an industry report. The Tender Price Index forecast by the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) shows that costs already have risen 3.4pc nationally in the first six months of the year and are expected to rise a further 2.9pc by yea...
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EU law on combustion plants very effective in greening the energy sector – EEA

Emissions of key air pollutants from large combustion plants have significantly decreased in the European Union (EU) over past years. According to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published today, the EU Large Combustion Plant Directive regulating this sector was the main reason behind these major emission cuts from 2004 to 2015. Understanding the reasons for past policy successes is...
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Land already serviced should be prioritised for development – Engineers Ireland Report

About 600,000 Irish people live in damp or rotting homes while almost two million houses will need to be refitted here in coming years, experts warn. Professional body Engineers Ireland publishes a report on Wednesday showing that homes and infrastructure in the Republic are in a poor condition and require immediate action. The State of Ireland 2019 report says that Brussels-based E...
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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 emissions. 40% of emissions emanate from buildings, so focusing on improving energy efficiency of buildings has never been more important. One third of the world economy is engaged in construction, yet the sector has been very slow to innovate with regards to sustainability. On 14th...
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SMEs lack the time and money to embrace green energy – SEAI Survey

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

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

A consistent amount of energy is used in industrial water circuits, and projects funded under the Horizon2020 programme are developing ways to reduce it and make it more efficient. The project EnerWater works to improve the energy efficiency of wastewater treatment process. EnerWater developed a methodology to assess the performance of wastewater treatment processes in industrial plants, and a ...
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EU Member States need more ambition to reach joint target on renewable energy

The share of renewable energy sources in the European Union’s (EU) energy use has doubled since 2005 but this growth has been slowing down in recent years, especially due to increasing energy consumption and lack of progress in the transport sector. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) new report ‘Renewable energy in Europe — 2018’ shows that EU Member States need to step up their efforts to re...
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