The EPA’s 2013 Report on Waste Enforcement has called for an improvement in standards at waste facilities. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Half of the legal actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2013 were against waste facilities, with fines and costs totalling €86(...)

Ireland needs to diversify its fuel sources and not depend on coal-fired power stations such as Moneypoint. Photograph: Neil Warner for ESB

It is eight years since the publication of the last White Paper on Energy. Since then, there has been a major acceleration of renewable energy. Capaci(...)

Looming danger?: a nuclear reactor dome rises over an English beach. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

1 Pumped-storage hydro Six years ago a simple idea was proposed by a Dublin-based scientist, one that, on paper at least, would leave Ireland awash wi(...)

Smoke billows from controlled oil burns near the site of the BP  Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana in 2010. Photograph: Derick E. Hingle/Bloomberg

A US judge has rejected BP’s attempt to reduce the maximum civil fine it could face for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, leaving it pote(...)

Outgoing head of Shell E&P Ireland Michael Crothers has said that the Irish planning system is ‘adversarial’, and mediation could replace ‘resorting to the courts.’ File photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Outgoing head of Shell E&P Ireland Michael Crothers has said that the Irish planning system is “adversarial”, and mediation could replace “resorti(...)

 Brian Buckley, a director of Greyhound Recycling and Recovery. File Photograph: Collins Courts

Waste management firm Greyhound Recycling has been fined €14,000 for failing to prevent emissions of foul odours from its main storage facility.The En(...)

Ambisense founder Prof Dermot Diamond, chief technology officer Fiachra Collins and chief executive Stephen McNulty

Ambisense is a Dublin City University spin-out company focused on developing next generation sensor technologies. In particular, the company is using (...)

More milk and water

The Government’s climate change legislation is as milk-and-watery as any of its backbench TDs could have hoped for: it has pushed the prospect of nece(...)

73 per cent of Irish respondents to the Eurobarometer survey said  the car is the form of transport they would most often take. Photograph: Eric Luke

A report by the European Commission’s Eurobarometer public opinion department has found that Irish drivers are second in the table when it comes to co(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin says Irish Water needs to increase spending to fix water problems in the country. Photograph: Eric Luke

About 60 per cent of the total number of homes expected to pay bills have registered with Irish Water with under two weeks until the deadline.Irish Wa(...)