William Walsh

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Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland said reducing and removing fossil fuels to heat homes, businesses and industry is a ‘serious challenge’  that is central to achieving Ireland’s climate targets.

Heat-related carbon dioxide emissions in Ireland are rising and represented 38 per cent of energy-related emissions in 2020, a new study by the energy(...)

NGOs could identify ‘some wins for climate and biodiversity, but we still have a very long way to go’, said Environmental Pillar spokeswoman Karen Ciesielski.  Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Minister for Climate and Transport Eamon Ryan has insisted actions to address the climate crisis are being ramped up through a range of actions outlin(...)

Dr Tara Shine told the SEAI public sector energy conference there is a need ‘to spell out a vision’ on climate action in terms the public can relate to. Photograph: John Allen

The Irish public must be brought on a journey that helps them recognise the benefits of addressing the climate crisis rather than being overcome by it(...)

“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. (...)

Workers install solar panels on a roof. Photograph: Courtesy of Construct Ireland

A mass mobilisation of Irish society will be required over the next decade if 1.6 million houses are to be retrofitted and 600,000 heat pumps are to b(...)

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(...)

“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(...)

Interior of a peasant family’s hut during the Great Famine, 1845-1849. Illustration from The Life and Times of Queen Victoria, by Robert Wilson. Photograph: The Print Collector/Getty Images

The lengths to which Irish people went to stay alive including cannibalism have been detailed in a new documentary on the Great Famine. Entitled The (...)

Telephone operator with protective gauze during the 1918-1919 flu epidemic:  a great many were affected.

Priests visiting the sick and dying are effectively frontline workers in epidemics, and are more likely to catch the disease and even die themselves. (...)

Former president  Mary Robinson speaking at the  Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s  public sector conference at  DCU. Photograph:   Crispin Rodwell

Public servants need to provide “an emergency response” to the climate crisis, former president Mary Robinson has said. In an address to 800 represen(...)

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