IFA Potato Chairman Says Retailers Are Causing Food Waste

IFA Potato Chairman Thomas McKeown has called on all retailers to recognise the work of potato farmers and to consider the economic sustainability of the Irish potato sector.   In recent weeks some retailers have raised the specs on potatoes to unattainable levels. This is hitting producer incomes and leading to high levels of food […]

Climate Ambassador Student from Tipperary Awarded Outstanding Achievement in 2020

This year has been like no other, and one educational programme that successfully transitioned online is the Climate Ambassador programme. Twelve awards for an Outstanding Achievement were presented to individuals and teams from across Ireland at the virtual Climate Ambassador Awards on Thursday 26th November 2020 for their work in communicating and taking action on climate change. Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan T.D., attended the awards and […]

€995,000 Boost to Littleton and Ballingarry Communities under Just Transition Fund

Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative (ECTC) has been announced as one of the successful applicants in the provisional offers of funding made under the Just Transition Fund.  The ‘Community Led Just Transition North Tipperary’ Project is a collaboration between ECTC and Littleton Development Association CLG. and Ballingarry (Thurles) Community Development CLG. The project aims to mobilise […]

Tipperary Waste Awareness Week to highlight supports available to the People of the Tipperary in the fight against waste

Tipperary Waste Awareness Week will take place from November 30 – December 4, 2020. 70% of Tipperary households avail of a waste collection service, with 56% of these householders using a three bin service. There has been a 35% increase in the amount of organic waste collected at Tipperary households in 2019 when compared to 2016. These […]

Overall quality of Ireland’s environment is not what it should be, and the outlook is not optimistic unless we accelerate action – EPA

The outlook for Ireland’s environment is not optimistic unless we accelerate the implementation of solutions across all sectors and society. Climate and biodiversity are two of the key challenges we need to address. An investment in the environment is also an investment in our health. Environmental indicators are going in the wrong direction across many […]

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decrease as coal and peat in electricity is phased out

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.5 per cent in 2019. This is the largest annual reduction in emissions since 2011. Despite the decrease, Ireland is still not on the pathway required to meet future targets and a climate neutral economy. Energy Industries emissions decreased by 11 per cent with a significant decrease in coal […]

Climate Bill’s ambition must be increased and loopholes closed

On the eve of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action’s first meeting to discuss their recommendations to Minister Eamon Ryan on Climate Bill, the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition publish key demands informed by new expert testimony. The Stop Climate Chaos coalition of over 40 civil society organisations today published its recommendations for amendments to the draft Climate […]

Food Waste is robbing you blind: freeze your food before its use-by date to save money and reduce global greenhouse emissions

Food waste is costing Irish households up to €700 per year, and 68% say that food passing its use-by date is the main reason we throw out food. Latest EPA survey reports that only 10% of people rate themselves as good at keeping track of food in the fridge. EPA campaign highlights that freezing is […]

Uncertainty and delays in delivering critical wastewater infrastructure is undermining confidence and prolonging risks to public

Raw sewage from 35 towns and villages flows into our environment every day, with 33 areas unlikely to receive treatment until after 2021. Treatment at 19 of Ireland’s 172 large towns and cities, including Dublin and Cork, failed to meet standards set to prevent pollution.  This is down from 28 over the past two years. […]

A Just Transition has to be Circular, Members of the European Parliament agree

The European Parliament’s plenary vote yesterday made clear that a circular economy is a precondition for a just energy transition in Europe – a positive step that couples climate solutions with zero waste solutions and points towards stronger circularity in the future. Yesterday’s vote by the European Parliament (1) narrowly avoided presenting incineration and Waste-to-Energy as a […]

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