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Regulation Updates for EIA, Industrial Emissions, IPC and Waste Licensing

The following regulations have been published by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to Directive 2011/92/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2011, as amended by Directive 2014/52/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014: S.I. 130 of 2020 - Waste Management (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2020 Amends...
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Ireland’s industrial emissions drop 8.7% in 2019 – EPA

The EPA, as the Competent Authority in Ireland for the EU Emissions Trading System, published on 22 April details of greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, for companies in the system.  Emissions from Irish power generation and industrial companies in the EU Emission Allowance Trading System fell by 8.7 per cent (1.3 million tonnes) in 2019.  This mirrors a decrease of approximately 8.9 % across Europe...
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Large Combustion Plants Emissions -EEA Indicator

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

A factory in eastern China’s Shandong province has taken a literal approach to “going green” by covering the land around it with green spray paint in an unsuccessful bid to deceive environmental authorities. The environment bureau in the city of Xintai has shut down a stone processing plant owned by Changsheng Mining Industry Co. Ltd. after workers painted the surrounding area green, according to...
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European pollutant register important tool for tackling EU industrial emissions

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

Introduction Environmental legislation in Ireland is principally administered and enforced in three ways: (i) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); (ii) by local authorities throughout Ireland and (iii) by the courts. The Minister for the Communications, Climate Action & Environment has an important policy setting role and the Health & Safety Authority is responsible for th...
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EEA Report finds increase in Industrial Pollution to urban wastewater treatment plants.

Direct emissions released to water bodies from Europe’s large industrial sites have decreased in recent years for many pollutants. However, industrial pollution transferred through the sewer systems to urban waste water treatment plants (UWWTPs) has slightly increased, putting pressure on the waste water treatment infrastructure. While EU legislation tracks emissions from large industries, the ...
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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,  is seriously being considered as an option in Ireland now. An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and others have pointed out that distributing the revenue from carbon tax in the form of carbon cheques would ensure that those who pollute less would gain financially. The cheques could...
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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 a new European Environment Agency (EEA) analysis, published today, setting strict but realistic emission limits for the power sector could cut emissions of key pollutants by 79-91 % by 2030. These limits are in line with EU law that establishes a flexible range of r...
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EPA publishes environmental data on Ireland’s National Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published environmental data on Ireland’s national pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR). This is a public register of pollutant releases and waste transfers from large industrial activities in Ireland. This information supports EU-wide reporting through the European Commission’s e-Register website, which contains data reported annually by mor...
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