Businesses that generate commercially usable heat from renewable energy sources will be eligible to receive ongoing payments under new scheme. Photograph: Eric Luke

Details of a national support scheme for renewable heat have been announced by Denis Naughten, Minister for Climate Action and Environment. It will co(...)

Puffins are so exhausted when they return to their coastal burrows that they only lay one egg and struggle to feed one chick, the study found. Photograph: Dr Mark Jessopp

Irish-based puffins are in decline possibly because, being far more adventurous than their northern European and north American cousins, they are too (...)

The conference was attended by renewable energy producers from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark

Nordic countries have offered to collaborate with Ireland on the development of a range of technologies to help decarbonise the Irish energy sector. T(...)

Mike Hayes, Partner, KPMG: ‘There are considerable economic and other benefits that the green economy can yield for Ireland.’ Photograph: Iain White/Fennell

A fundamental shift in the Irish renewable energy landscape occurred in September. With no great fanfare a new grouping came together to represent all(...)

Green Party  leader Eamon Ryan with Catherine Martin TD: “One of the reasons why Ireland is now ranking so low in international climate action league tables is because we are seen in Europe as one of the countries which is trying to block new clean energy solutions,” he said. Photograph: Eric Luke

Environmental groups and the Green Party have accused the Government of refusing to back EU proposals to allow community groups and householders to ge(...)

Cara Konig-Brock, owner of Beaulieu House in Drogheda, Co Louth. The solar farm will combine “modern technology with a very traditional place, almost in a time warp”. Photograph: Garrett White

Many of Ireland’s country estate houses have been repurposed as wedding venues, but at the 17th-century Beaulieu House in Co Louth there’s a different(...)

The green agenda has become part of day-to-day business. Photograph: iStock

The green agenda’s prominence in business planning rose greatly in tandem with awareness of the threat imposed by global warming. The writings of Geor(...)

Minister for  Energy and Natural Resources Denis Naughten warned that Brexit made it now essential that Ireland ramp up its production of renewable energy as much of our energy is sourced through the UK.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A Renewable Energy Incentive scheme to be announced in the Budget will not make the same mistakes as the North’s “cash for ash” scandal, the Minister(...)

US president Donald Trump announces his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accords. Photograph: Getty Images

Perhaps history was telling us something when Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president happened almost 1,000 years after the coronation of Cnut the(...)

Stephen Swift, GE, Wilbur Ross, Secretary, US Department of Commerce, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Nguyen Viet Cuong, chairman of Phu Cuong, Pham Quoc Anh, GM Phu Cuong, Andy Kinsella, COO, Mainstream Renewable Power, Thang Bui Vinh, Mainstream Renewable Power

Mainstream Renewable Energy, the firm founded by businessman Eddie O’Connor, has signed a $2 billion investment deal with US utilities giant GE to bui(...)

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