Energy from renewable sources accounted for 12 per cent of all energy used, up from 10.9 per cent in 2018.

CO2 emissions from fossil fuels used for energy fell by 4.5 per cent last year, which was the biggest yearly reduction in energy-related CO2 emissions(...)

Government intervention is needed to overcome market failures that could lead to otherwise sub-optimal take-up,  notes a departmental report. File photograph: Getty

The plan to spend €8.7 billion on 500,000 deep retrofits, along with installing 400,000 renewable heat systems in homes, is “one of the most challengi(...)

Two large surveying vessels, including the Celtic Explorer, bring scientists out to survey waters beyond 30 nautical miles off the Irish coastline. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

“If we don’t have the data, we can’t make sustainable management decisions,” says Thomas Fury from the Marine Institute. This is possibly the simplest(...)

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I am hoping you can share your thoughts on my recent experience of upgrading the insulation and heating in my apartment? My apartment was assesse(...)

A key mechanism being put in place by a new renovation task force was to enable householders make the right retrofitting choices and to facilitate group applications for approval, which would reduce costs and increase speed of delivery, Eamon Ryan said. Photograph: Alan Betson

Retrofitting 500,000 Irish homes over the next decade will play a major role in Ireland’s economic recovery from the impact of Covid-19, Minister for (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at a press conference in Government Buildings on Tuesday. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

Covid and green issues were the issues that grabbed readers’ attention in Budget 2021 as was to be expected with both issues central to this year’s tw(...)

The overhaul of motor tax and vehicle registration tax  is designed to push car buyers towards green choices

A range of climate actions are threaded through Budget 2021, with significant measures including an overhaul of motor taxation; carbon tax increases, (...)

Smokers face yet another 50 cent hike in the price of 20 cigarettes, bringing the most popular brands to €14.

Drivers and smokers will contribute most of the €270 million that the Government hopes to raise from extra taxes announced in Budget 2021. A carbon (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

There is a contradiction at the heart of Budget 2021. Billions of euro will be pumped into the economy but much of the money will be used to prop(...)

‘Solar panels may be a good option for a business with high electricity needs that operates during the day while the sun is shining.’

Are you part of the microgeneration? Microgeneration is the small-scale generation of locally available renewable energy by citizens, businesses and c(...)

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