Month: February 2018

February 22, 2018 hburke

Ireland is falling behind on its environmental commitments under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainable Progress Index for 2018 was launched at the Carmelite Centre in Dublin yesterday at a seminar organised by Social Justice Ireland to examine our progress in implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). […]

February 20, 2018 hburke

The Government’s new national development plan envisages a radical overhaul of how the State tackles climate change, allocating €22 billion, one fifth of the entire budget, to a series of measures that will turn Ireland into a low-carbon economy by 2050 […]

February 15, 2018 hburke

Roll on spring. All this cold week, all winter long, I’ve avoided the kitchen. Though it has a perfectly fine radiator, the kitchen is way colder than other rooms in the house. There’s a draught. Actually, more than one. There are gusts of wind coming from under the cabinets on an external wall, from behind…

February 13, 2018 hburke

Driving to work, preparing dinner, taking a shower, using the computer – these activities are all part of an average day for most people. There’s something else they have in common, too: they all contribute to your carbon footprint. But why does your carbon footprint matter? […]

February 13, 2018 hburke

Energy use has fallen slightly for the second year in a row, despite pronounced economic growth. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) says that while the economy grew by 5.2pc last year, energy consumption fell by 0.5pc with emissions down by 1.2pc. The use of renewables to produce electricity has avoided spending €255m a…

February 13, 2018 hburke

The range of grants and level of financial support for householders who wish to make their homes more energy-efficient has been extended, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland has announced. It estimates 1.7 million homes in Ireland could be eligible for the increased and additional grants, which will help make houses “more energy-efficient, cheaper to…