“Stagnation in reducing heat demand is a major cause for concern given the large share of fossil fuel consumption used for heat,” says SEAI chief executive William Walsh.

Energy use for heat in Irish homes and businesses decreased by only 0.7 per cent in 2019, according to latest figures from the Sustainable Energy Auth(...)

Two large surveying vessels, including the Celtic Explorer, bring scientists out to survey waters beyond 30 nautical miles off the Irish coastline. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

“If we don’t have the data, we can’t make sustainable management decisions,” says Thomas Fury from the Marine Institute. This is possibly the simplest(...)

Former minister for climate action Richard Bruton (Fine Gael) said for the first time carbon budgets were being introduced with binding targets. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Kevin O’Sullivan Environment & Science Editor Claims that the Government’s Climate Action Bill is “full of loose language” and fails to incorpor(...)

The overhaul of motor tax and vehicle registration tax  is designed to push car buyers towards green choices

A range of climate actions are threaded through Budget 2021, with significant measures including an overhaul of motor taxation; carbon tax increases, (...)

Prof Frank Kelly: “Ideally I would like to see any vehicles in our large city centres be either eletric or hydrogen.”

“It was around 2010 onwards that we noticed that pollution with respect to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) was getting worse on some of the major roads. We had(...)

The biggest growth is in hybrids, with regular hybrids up 60.5% to 5,498 and plug-in hybrids up 67% to 789. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

New car sales fell 7.7 per cent in February, with registrations for 2020 down 4.94 per cent on the same two-month period last year. A fall in used ca(...)

‘What I would do in the morning is actually make it illegal for anybody to drive their kids to school’  a  Dublin City Council official has said. Photograph: iStock

Parents should be legally prohibited from driving their children to school, a senior Dublin City Council official has told a clean air conference. Th(...)

Plastic bottles currently have a good market, while tops, tubs and trays are a little more difficult to trade. Photograph: iStock

One of the biggest developments in the Irish waste-processing industry is set to happen next year when large volumes of plastic film generated in Irel(...)

  Minister for Agriculture  Michael Creed and  Minister for  Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton  announced Coillte  and Bord na Móna are collaborating on a  project which will see bogs no longer used for peat production transformed into rich native woodlands.  Photograph: Julien Behal

More than half a million native woodland trees will be planted on former boglands over the next three years in a bid to tackle carbon emissions, the D(...)

As always, there is a loophole that is typically exploited. Photograph: iStock

Due to our expanding family, we need to extend our home. Based on quotes from builders we have decided that an attic conversion is the most cost-effec(...)

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