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The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohue, has signalled an intention to put in place “a long-term trajectory for carbon tax increases out to 2030” in future budgets

The Government has backed off any increase in carbon tax, but Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe signalled an intention to put in place “a long-term(...)

Most governments have not outlined how they intend to decarbonise their economies, OECD says. Photograph: iStock

The overwhelming majority of governments including Ireland have not taken necessary action to contain growing risks to the global climate, according t(...)

The EU has adopted demanding new directives on renewable energy. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland will have to stop making “aspirational pledges” on how it is going to achieve reductions in carbon emissions and adopt renewable energy, accor(...)

The rollout of cheaper renewable energy derived from wind and solar panels could be obstructed by Ireland’s use of gas, the OCI has predicted. File photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Ireland will not meet its obligations on countering global warming if it continues a flawed strategy of relying on gas as an energy source, according (...)

Denis Naughten: Some committee members had put politics before dealing with the problem of plastics. Photograph: Collins

Denis Naughten has accused members of the Oireachtas Environment Committee of “greenwashing” after it voted down his controversial amendment on introd(...)

An Oireachtas committee is presssing ahead with plans to introduce a deposit scheme for drinks containers, despite reservations by Minister for Environment Denis Naughten. Photograph: Reuters

An attempt by Minister for Environment Denis Naughten to stall the introduction of a deposit scheme for drinks containers has been rejected by an Oire(...)

A display of plastic at Nolan’s supermarket in Clontarf. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some supermarkets, including outlets that are part of major supermarket groups, have committed to keeping bins at checkouts permanently so shoppers ca(...)

This weekend hundreds of supermarkets across Ireland are having to deal with large volumes of extra plastic and cardboard handed back by their custome(...)

 A display of plastic at Nolan’s supermarket in Clontarf, north Dublin,  explaining  how the supermarket plans to  tackle the problem of excessive plastics.   Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A “shop and drop” day of action on plastic packaging at supermarkets on Saturday and community cleanups of waterways, beaches and public areas over th(...)

A display of plastic at Nolan’s supermarket in Clontarf, which is committing to eliminating unnecessary packaging from its shelves.  Photograph: Alan Betson

This weekend hundreds of supermarkets across Ireland will have to deal with large volumes of extra plastic and cardboard handed back by their customer(...)

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