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Economic Growth and Environmental Impact

development and sustainability

We Need to Live Better While Using Less – EPA Report Sets Out How to Break the Link Between Economic Growth and Environmental Impact

Millions of Euro per year can be saved right across the economy and society if people use water, energy and raw materials in a better way – through efficient production processes and less wasteful consumption.  If we want our society to be competitive and sustainable we need to live better while using less. [Read more…]

Energy Rate Increases

Radiator Booster Fan

Radiator Booster Fan

At a time when thousands of Irish householders are struggling to make energy bill repayments the Commission for Energy Regulation have granted Bord Gais permission to increase gas rates by 8.5% from October 1st 2012. [Read more…]

Treatment Plants Fail To Meet Standards

Nearly half of Ireland’s wastewater treatment plants serving urban centres are failing to achieve national and EU standards, according to a new report released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [Read more…]

Time Running Out To Solve Energy Crisis

Fuel Poverty levels could cover 50 per cent of the population within five years and 75 per cent within a decade if a properly co-ordinated energy policy is not developed, Architect and television presenter Duncan Stewart told the Energy Action conference in Dublin Castle. He also questioned if the €400 million spent each year of fuel allowances was being spent in the right way. [Read more…]

Zero Maintenance Buildings Creating Sterile Towns

 

McDonagh Junction Shopping Centre Kilkenny

McDonagh Junction Shopping Centre Kilkenny

Conference hears how using the heritage resources of a town can help it recover from the recession.

“Our drive for uncluttered, zero maintenance buildings is creating sterile, uninteresting towns which are unattractive not only tourists, but for high end multinationals seeking a suitable base for the highly skilled mobile professionals they employ”, according to Liam Mannix, Heritage Council’s Irish Walled Towns Network. [Read more…]

Dioxin Levels Below EU Limits

Environmental Protection

Environmental Protection

The most recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report on dioxin levels in the Irish environment shows that the dioxin levels in all of the samples tested were well below the relevant EU limits.  The report is based on dioxin levels measured in cows  milk in a survey carried out in 2010. The report also shows that dioxin levels measured in this survey compare favourably with those taken from similar surveys in the EU and other countries. [Read more…]

University Get Certified

University College Cork

University College Cork

University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland has become the first university worldwide to achieve the ISO 50001 standard in energy management. It is also the first public sector body in Ireland to be certified to the international standard.

Enerit ISO 50001 software was used to implement UCC’s energy management program and the University was certified to the standard in four months, a fantastic achievement. [Read more…]

10 Energy Saving Tips

10 Energy Saving Tips

10 Energy Saving Tips

With Bord Gais and Airtricity having announced a significant hike in energy rates and the others likely to follow suit its very important to look at ways for reducing your energy usage as the autumn season kicks in. [Read more…]

Irish Butterflies Face Extinction

Irish Butterflies

Irish Butterflies

Ireland is home to 33 species of indigenous butterflies, 18 per cent* of these native Irish butterflies face extinction with one species Mountain Ringlet already extinct. This weekend (28th and 29th May) Dublin Zoo hosts the fifth annual Native Species Weekend which celebrates and educates about the wildlife on our doorsteps. [Read more…]