Reuse specialist Dr Sarah Miller says washing machine manufacturers will charge by wash – maintaining ownership of the product, but also responsibility for its reuse. File photograph: iStock

The language used in the announcement from the Department of the Environment on Tuesday evening was not of the type that grabs headlines, with talk o(...)

Eamon Ryan: he said he believed the Bill was sufficiently robust so any future amendments would only come from the Government. Photograph: Getty Images

Controversy over the robustness of the Climate Action Bill has resurfaced after Minister for Climate Eamon Ryan indicated that only Government amendme(...)

A new model for Irish agriculture based on the understanding that farming has to change is required, where farmers commit to reducing methane emissions and yet have viable incomes within a thriving rural economy. Photograph: David Sleator

Predictably, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) recommendation that the Government reconsider the introduction for hou(...)

The argument that if Ireland does not produce beef and dairy products, other countries will simply fill the gap with inferior products, leading to extensive “carbon leakage”, is flawed, according to An Taisce. File photograph: iStock

The argument that if Ireland does not produce beef and dairy products, other countries will simply fill the gap with inferior products, leading to ext(...)

Most fields “are practically devoid of life while even the ancient system of hedgerows is vanishing due to neglect and outright destruction”.

Nearly two years since the Dáil declared a climate and a biodiversity emergency, the collapse of Irish biodiversity “is happening – and it’s countrywi(...)

Ireland has exceptional untapped wind resources, particularly offshore, which equates to 10 times the 5,000 megawatts currently installed on the island of Ireland.

Ireland will have a sufficient amount of renewable wind energy projects to help reduce carbon emissions by 51 per cent over the next decade but the bi(...)

Climate scientists, experts and industry have been asked to share their data-based technical proposals to support development of the plan. Photograph: iStock

Following publication of the Climate Bill by the Government, a series of actions have been triggered to enable the country’s first five-year carbon bu(...)

“No country is attempting such a steep decarbonisation over one decade, let alone enshrining it in law.” Photograph: Getty Images

The increased ambition in the revised Climate Action Bill and its strengthened legal provisions on critical targets – over the next decade and out to (...)

 Dr Tadhg O’Mahony, an adviser to the Finland Futures Research Centre, said Ireland’s transport emissions were – per capita – the fourth highest in the EU. File photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s model of development “has hardwired us to mainly low-density development dependent on car-based transport”, which fails to address climate c(...)

A drilling rig in the Celtic Sea. The move is a step towards putting  restrictions on a legislative footing and ends fossil fuel prospecting and future development of oil and gas fields.

A significantly revised Climate Action Bill is going before the Cabinet on Tuesday which will include putting into legislation a ban on all oil and ga(...)

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