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Verde announces appointment of Principal Energy Consultant

Verde announces appointment of Principal Energy Consultant Verde Environmental Consultants are delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Hodges as Principal Energy Consultant. Paul has spent the last 25 years working on energy conservation programmes, renewable energy initiatives and renewable energy generation on industrial and utility scale projects around the world. He brings experien...
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Green energy tax to fall by third

Green energy tax to fall by third Regulators will cut the green energy tax on families and employers by one third – to €4.30 a month in the case of households – from October.  The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) imposes a public service obligation levy on all electricity users in the State to fund the guaranteed prices paid to wind farms and other renewable energy generators.  The co...
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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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Behavioural change key to determine energy future

Behavioural change will play a significant role in future global energy trends, a University College Cork (UCC) climate expert has said.  Speaking at an energy lecture presented by the Irish Royal Academy on Monday, Dr Paul Deane said that human behaviour would be a crucial factor in determining the world’s energy future.  “Technology changes are simply not enough, we really need to start looking ...
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) could help us protect the environment — or destroy it

Artificial intelligence (AI) continues to evolve exponentially. With environmental concerns ever more at the forefront, experts are turning to AI to find sustainable solutions. But the technology also presents risks. Today, we can pull out our smart phones and use various apps to enhance our everyday lives. Digital assistants like Amazon's Alexa and Apple's Siri are able to complete a number of...
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National Infrastructure Bill, 2018

Fianna Fáil’s Deputy Dara Calleary introduced the National Infrastructure Bill, 2018 to the Dáil on 18th April 2018. This Bill will establish a body to be known as the National Infrastructure Commission to advise the government on all sectors of economic infrastructure, including “physical structures, systems, institutions, services and facilities that relate to energy, transport, water and wastew...
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