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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(...)

“While emissions from electricity decreased, we have a hill to climb if we are to make meaningful inroads in the other sectors,” says  the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s Jim Scheer.

Significant progress in decarbonising power generation in Ireland is being undermined by increases in carbon emissions from transport and heating, acc(...)

Recommendations include turning the thermostat down a degree, reducing shower time and washing clothes at 30 degrees. Photograph: iStock

Clocks will prompt two actions by many millions of people this weekend – a switch on to “summer time”, and a switch-off of lights to save energy and r(...)

There were 3,800 electric vehicles (EVs) on Irish roads by the end of 2017 but registrations of new and imported EVs are currently up by 40 per cent compared to same period last year. File photograph: Getty Images

The use of the electric vehicle (EV) on Irish roads is about to become “the new normal for people in their everyday lives” and “no longer just a progr(...)

‘You could also replace your light fittings with low-energy LED bulbs which are long lasting, use very little energy and are available in lots of different fittings to suit every application.’

There’s a lot more to selling or renting a property than simply doing a spring clean and putting it on the market; letting potential buyers know how e(...)

 Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Denis Naughten: “All of us have a responsibility to act on climate change, and improving our home’s energy performance is a significant step in decreasing our collective carbon footprint.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The range of grants and level of financial support for householders who wish to make their homes more energy-efficient has been extended, the Sustaina(...)

Making your home more energy efficient may not save the planet, but it will save you money and improve your life. Photograph: iStockphoto

When Donald Trump cast doubt on the reality of climate change earlier this summer and announced that the United States was pulling out of the Paris Ac(...)

Sustainable Nation Ireland. Photograph:  Shane O’Neill Photography.

A new organisation is aiming to stimulate investment in green technologies and cleantech, developing and promoting Ireland as a hub for sustainable a(...)

The key to a successful building project is proper planning.  Photograph: Thinkstock

My next-door neighbour is erecting a stand-alone structure ie, it is not attached to the side or rear of his house – of about 32.5sq m (350sq ft) a(...)

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