“Climate change is a threat to all of us and transitioning to a low-carbon economy is a major priority for the Government.” Photograph: David Sleator

With Ireland’s new climate law, the country “is now one of the most ambitious countries in the world on climate”, according to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. (...)

Aerothermal heating systems are generally referred to as air source heat pumps (ASHP) where up to five units of energy can be taken from the air by a pump that uses only one unit of energy. Photograph: Getty Images

Recently I had my gas meter inspected, and the engineer suggested my boiler was old and should be replaced. I have arranged a service, and as I scoute(...)

Mercedes-Benz E300e PHEV

If you fancy a hybrid with a plug then it’s probably time to get a move on. The Government has announced that it is trimming grants for buyers of plug(...)

One major benefit to an energy retrofit is that a higher BER  generally translates to a higher resale value of the property. Photograph: Getty Images

Credit unions are to get additional funding of up to €10 million for a scheme to finance the retrofitting of homes. The Credit Union Development Asso(...)

Post-crisis idyll? Martina Lawless, research professor at the ESRI, believes savings will fuel ‘a strong boost in consumer spending’ once restrictions lift.

The latest figures show that Irish people have saved an additional €15 billion over the past year. That is about €9,400 per household, on average. Bu(...)

Wet wood – the most common form of wood sold – is significantly more polluting in terms of health impacts and carbon emissions. Photograph: Tom Stoddart/Getty Images

The Government is to impose a State ban on the burning of smoky coal by home-owners and prepare strict new regulations on the burning of all other sol(...)

Tesla Model 3 Long Range: some quality concerns remain, but this is right at the sharp end of electric motoring

Turn left, negotiate the speed bump. There’s Alex’s house. There’s my house. There’s the solicitor’s office. There’s Luca’s house. There’s the crossro(...)

Residential sector emissions – mainly arising from home heating – are estimated, however, to have increased by 9 per  cent  due to so many people working from home.  Photograph: iStock

Greenhouse gas emissions declined in 2020 by 5.9 per cent mainly due to Covid-19; the biggest annual fall since the aftermath of the 2008 financial cr(...)


Ireland’s carbon emissions declined by less than 6 per cent last year, despite large sections of the economy being shut down for extended periods due (...)

EasyGo’s recently installed charge point in Dublin City University. The company is course to have a network of 1,300 this year.

EasyGo claims to have surpassed the ESB as the State’s largest provider of electric vehicle (EV) charge points. The Kildare-based company, which uses(...)

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