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 […]

Shannon Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) import project suffers second set-back in one week

Last Thursday, 10th September, New Fortress Energy, the company behind the controversial Shannon LNG project, suffered a second blow in a week to its plans to bring US fracked gas to Ireland. US Governors have blocked the company’s plans to build an export terminal in New Jersey. See full press release on this below, released by Catskill Mountainkeeper, an […]

The Irish Ladybird Research Project calls on the public to help log records

Fota Wildlife Park along with the Irish Research Council co-fund the Irish Ladybird Research Project and the project scholar, Gill Weyman, is based at Fota Wildlife Park and School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences in University College Cork. Gill is now calling on the public in the Glanmire, Ballincollig and Cork City areas to […]

Environmental Groups Applaud New Provisions in Ireland’s new Waste Action Plan

Environmental groups, VOICE and the Concious Cup Campaign, have welcomed the government’s new Waste Action Plan and its focus on waste prevention and the circular economy. One of Minister Eamon Ryan’s first actions as Minister for the Environment is to push forward a progressive and impactful Plan that will start Ireland’s journey to reduce its […]

Tipperary records 1.9% rise in electrical waste recycling in 2019

Tipperary people recorded their highest total of electrical waste recycling per head of population in 2019, a yearly rise of 1.9%, a new report has revealed. A new annual high of 10.64 kg of waste electrical items per person was collected by WEEE Ireland on behalf of its members in the county in 2019, according […]

IFOAM EU welcomes landmark decision to put organic at the heart of future European food system

IFOAM EU welcomes the EU Biodiversity and Farm to Fork (F2F) strategies and the target to reach 25% organic land in Europe by 2030, as well as measures to boost the demand for organic products through promotion schemes and green public procurements. Jan Plagge, IFOAM EU President, stated: “Proposing an EU target for organic land […]

Greens Call on Individuals, Families and Communities to Engage in ‘Citizen Science’ on National Biodiversity Week

At the outset of National Biodiversity Week and ahead of International Day for Biological Diversity this Friday, the Green Party is urging people and communities to use the time of covid restrictions to become active participants in showcasing and recording Ireland’s flora and fauna using the hashtag #BiodiversityOnYourDoorstep.   Green Party TD and Spokesperson for […]

All political parties must commit to deep and rapid emissions cuts in line with science and justice

Much public and media discussion around the Green Party’s insistence on any future government committing to a minimum of 7% cuts in greenhouse gas emissions per annum appears to focus on the supposedly ‘unrealistic’ nature of these targets. The former Minister for Climate Action Denis Naughten TD has, for example, been quoted as describing this reduction […]

EPA survey indicates most people have taken steps to help the environment

Research commissioned by the EPA to coincide with the publication of its EPA 2019 Year in Review  report found that 78 per cent of people surveyed said they have personally taken steps to help the environment, and that 87 per cent of adults in Ireland recognise the importance of the environment as an asset to the country. The […]

European Parliament fails to back Green bid to reject EU fossil fuel projects

Last week, the European Parliament voted against a Greens/EFA group motion to reject a list of energy infrastructure projects eligible for EU funding. The list, known as the 4th PCI (projects of common interest) list, includes the Shannon LNG project and 54 other fossil fuel projects. MEPs Grace O’Sullivan and Ciarán Cuffe, alongside their European […]

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