The Government’s grant schemes for electric vehicles, solar panels and energy efficiency home improvements had drawn down 80 per cent of their budgets for the entire year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government’s ability to pay grants for three energy-saving schemes was cast into doubt earlier this summer when officials identified a €20 million(...)

Dublin District Heating Scheme will be linked to Covanta’s waste-to-energy plant in Ringsend. Construction is expected to begin by 2020. Photograph: Eric Luke

There are many thousands of heat sources in Irish cities and large towns wasting vast amounts of energy which could be harnessed to provide cheap, low(...)

Carbon emissions from Irish households are on average the highest in Europe, nearly 60 per cent higher than the EU, according to the Sustainable Energ(...)

The way forward: batteries have increased energy density by a factor of three since 2011, resulting in increased range. Photograph: David Paul Morris/ Getty Images

Electric vehicles includes full battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). A BEV receives all of its energy from (...)

Minister for the Environment  Denis Naughten said he had absolutely no hesitation in encouraging people to avail of “deep retrofit materials” in Ireland.  File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There are no safety concerns whatsoever in Ireland with retrofitted insulation, including external cladding, the Minister for the Environment has said(...)