Newsfeed - a one-stop resource website and portal to enable Irish consumers, homeowners, apartment dwellers, business owners, managers of public buildings, and developers increase energy efficiency and awareness. Mon, 14 Jan 2008 09:36:58 +0000 Mon, 14 Jan 2008 09:36:29 +0000 FeedForAll v2.0 ( Britain’s nuclear plan avoids issue of waste disposal John Hutton, the British business secretary, confirmed what everyone already knew with the announcement that the government would support a new generation of nuclear power plants, as a ‘‘safe and affordable’’ way of securing Britain’s future energy supplies. 2D3FA1E2-1763-4204-A035-5DF35CFB96C3 Mon, 14 Jan 2008 09:36:29 +0000 Eco Wind Power is back on the market Eco Wind Power, a wind energy firm backed by Johnny Ronan and Richard Barrett of Treasury Holdings, is back on the market in the wake of the €1.8 billion sale of industry peer Airtricity. D7550492-7944-48AE-B512-C703E7B6F5BB Mon, 14 Jan 2008 09:35:58 +0000 Green energy funds intact International merchant banks have told Green Party Energy Minister Eamon Ryan that investment funding for renewable energy projects will be unaffected by the recent credit crunch. 514129D8-3AD9-4828-A791-7B3CA0DDA4B5 Mon, 14 Jan 2008 09:35:33 +0000 Cabinet clock up 30-tonne CO2 footprint in six months THE green-tinged Government has left a massive carbon footprint in its first six months in office. 45E0857C-4F2C-424E-ADB0-BB0BD6AE6D4F Mon, 14 Jan 2008 09:35:09 +0000 Ireland ploughs funding into sustainable farming The Irish Government has awarded Euro 21 million to companies who are investigating more sustainable agriculture and forestry production. 4DE3A06D-D2C2-4091-B5DF-46CD1B3AC8CA Fri, 11 Jan 2008 09:52:54 +0000 EU gives green light to Gormley bulb ban plan ENVIRONMENT Minister John Gormley has won the EU's support for his plan to ban the traditional light bulb. 72826382-EEE2-44C3-80A7-5811F1F1665A Fri, 11 Jan 2008 09:52:20 +0000 Study shows Ireland can be world leader in renewable energy "Targets are more than achievable; we can surpass them" - Minister Ryan F1612064-11C5-4641-AE3E-5C4C101ED26F Fri, 11 Jan 2008 09:50:42 +0000 Russian gas giant ready to enter the Irish market Russian behemoth Gazprom, the world's biggest gas company, has secured a licence to operate in the €2bn-plus Irish market and could be here by the end of the year. E1CA0658-502F-42FB-B50B-163E19EC4F83 Fri, 11 Jan 2008 09:50:17 +0000 European Commission recasts industrial emissions directive In the 11th hour before the holiday break at the end of 2007, the Commission published their proposal for a Directive on Industrial Emissions, a recast that would collect the Directives on Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC), Large Combustion Plants, Solvents, Waste Incineration and Titanium Dioxide together under one umbrella. The European Environmental Bureau (EEB) welcomes the proposal as a targeted attempt to address gaps in the provisions of the existing IPPC Directive, which paved the way for weak and divergent implementation across the EU. D9984E6C-59E1-4E5D-87EC-B81DB7BB78C3 Thu, 10 Jan 2008 09:41:02 +0000 Australia to end plastic bags in supermarkets Australia has followed China in announcing it plans to end plastic bag use in supermarkets, with its new environment minister saying on Thursday he wants a phase-out to start by the end of 2008. F863849D-0EC3-42E1-9718-CD0F755EF794 Thu, 10 Jan 2008 09:40:46 +0000 Company Gone with the wind Twenty years ago, Dublin Institute of Technology engineering lecturer Brian Hurley packed a load of maps and wind speed-measuring contraptions into his Renault hatchback and took off around Ireland to find the country's most blustery sites. 8A957E45-F666-4B1D-823A-DD8B6470BD1B Thu, 10 Jan 2008 09:40:11 +0000 Nuclear Power "Will Leave Lethal Legacy' Environmental campaigners are furious over Government plans to make the UK one of the world's leading nuclear energy users. 4779AFD5-B7AA-4A57-83A0-916F8212FE5F Thu, 10 Jan 2008 09:39:47 +0000 Funds To Help Protect Clare's Biodiversity Individuals, groups and organisations interested in undertaking works aimed at protecting Clare's biodiversity are being invited to apply for funding under the Biodiversity Fund for 2008. FBF0CEB1-A0B6-4C96-BB34-C500ACFEB670 Wed, 9 Jan 2008 09:45:28 +0000 Tidal energy facility partners announced Nova Scotia is one step closer to building North America's first in-stream tidal technology centre to host some of the world's leading devices to harness energy from the world's highest tides. 1C4348B5-1CD1-40D9-9F63-8668F2E108E6 Wed, 9 Jan 2008 09:44:16 +0000 China announces plastic bag ban The Chinese government says it is banning shops from handing out free plastic bags from June this year, in a bid to curb pollution. D00203C9-85D9-4E44-9E48-674CB39BC061 Wed, 9 Jan 2008 09:43:53 +0000 Sparking an electric connection A MARINE survey has begun mapping a potential route of high voltage electricity cables between Wales and the Republic of Ireland. 31F6473D-9937-4E45-A850-D174C14158A3 Wed, 9 Jan 2008 09:43:32 +0000 Greenpeace flexes muscles in nuclear battle A FRESH legal challenge to a new generation of nuclear power stations is looming after pressure group Greenpeace said it was considering dragging the Government back to court. 5B00B067-EEC7-4990-99BE-53C12028D629 Tue, 8 Jan 2008 09:35:59 +0000 A scramble to understand Greenland's melting ice sheets The ancient frozen dome cloaking Greenland is so vast that pilots have crashed into what they thought was a cloud bank spanning the horizon. Flying over it, one can scarcely imagine that this ice could erode fast enough to raise sea levels dangerously any time soon. 9F3317B9-FBDE-4BD2-A412-429881DBBFFF Tue, 8 Jan 2008 09:35:26 +0000 Repak Ireland Launches First Public Online Carbon Calculator Householders can now calculate their exact carbon footprint through the first Irish publicly accessible online carbon calculator for households. B615AEFC-FF05-4DF0-8E68-AF1DEDBA5B52 Tue, 8 Jan 2008 09:34:19 +0000 Chicken litter power plant plan Two of Northern Ireland's biggest poultry producers have announced plans to build a power station to produce electricity from chicken litter. 3EE8857B-EC01-40C7-B7EC-5254628D0CE6 Tue, 8 Jan 2008 09:33:57 +0000 Scottish And Southern Agrees To Buy Airtricity For EUR 1.8 Bln Scottish and Southern Energy plc or SSE (SSE.L), the UK's second-biggest power producer, said on Friday it has signed an agreement to buy Irish wind farms operator Airtricity Holdings Ltd. from its current shareholders for EUR 1.83 billion in cash. BB6AC89B-2C22-413E-A683-13AB4A2A3B56 Mon, 7 Jan 2008 09:31:42 +0000 Wind turbine case in High Court A legal case between two of the biggest wind turbine manufacturers in the world will come before the High Court in Dublin this week. 8252E502-79D6-4E74-BF2F-9B80158C96F4 Mon, 7 Jan 2008 09:31:08 +0000 Friction and hot air in the fight for the oil of Rockall ROCKALL, the stub of rock more than 200 miles off Donegal, was once considered a joke and the target of adventurers and eccentrics who wanted to be "king" of the volcanic outcrop. B3F564D5-184E-4FC5-850D-3652FD693500 Mon, 7 Jan 2008 09:30:30 +0000 i-Trod tracks carbon footprint for gadgets Wondering how big the tootsies on your carbon footprint are? MTV has launched a carbon calculator as part of its Switch campaign, to help you find out. Backed by celebrities such as KT Tunstall and Cameron Diaz, it aims to urge the younger generation to realise the huge impact their gadgets are having on the environment. 0266713A-9109-487D-B807-6CA5FFA21CAC Wed, 19 Dec 2007 10:23:11 +0000 Businesses 'still unsure about Budget' Many businesses in Ireland are uncertain about the new environmental measures introduced in the recent Budget, a poll has revealed. A4CAD360-DB6B-4048-A7B7-76931C778DC7 Wed, 19 Dec 2007 10:22:44 +0000 EU Faces Fiercely Contested Cars CO2 Decision The European Commission will take a fiercely contested decision on Wednesday on how to share the burden of cutting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions among car makers, with Germany battling to defend its big luxury models. 5AA10B8D-8BF0-4CC2-AFA0-4AF72A085C39 Wed, 19 Dec 2007 10:22:17 +0000 Year set to be warmest on record Despite this week's cold snap, this year is still on track to be one of the warmest and wettest ever recorded in Scotland. 01ABA53C-D234-49F2-98EA-2CB4ABDE9932 Wed, 19 Dec 2007 10:21:56 +0000 President's bright idea sees new light bulbs installed PRESIDENT Mary McAleese has set a "green example" for the rest of the country by making Aras an Uachtarain more environmentally friendly. B9516918-998F-4A87-8F30-9E1ADA14785B Tue, 18 Dec 2007 10:19:20 +0000 Irish renewable energy use up 15% The usage of renewable energy in Ireland increased by 15% last year, according to a newly-published report by promotional body Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI). 631CFFFB-A72E-4D4E-9982-F009D0496ED1 Tue, 18 Dec 2007 10:18:52 +0000 Environmental change management spin-out wins Nova UCD 2007 Entrepreneur Award Environmental policy systems supplier AP EnvEcon has won Nova UCD's 2007 Entrepreneur Award and €5,000 as overall winner of the 12th NovaUCD Campus Company Development Programme. (CCDP) 509C6B5D-5B13-4B6E-B2F6-BDEFC43F774C Tue, 18 Dec 2007 10:18:25 +0000 Cap and Share scheme would tackle emissions The question of how Ireland can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions will be the subject of a research project carried out by Comhar Sustainable Development Council. CA81D0BB-E5A3-47BF-BF30-AC1F71E9349C Tue, 18 Dec 2007 10:18:06 +0000 Urgent need for climate deal - Gormley Attempts to forge agreement on a new international climate change deal are at a "make or break" stage, Minister for the Environment John Gormley warned today. E43CB59B-2E04-4E67-92CB-C19A3054275D Thu, 13 Dec 2007 10:28:54 +0000 Transport sector causing pollution concerns A new report to be published today is expected to reveal that energy consumption in the transport sector grew by 7% last year. Despite the fact that some parts of the economy cut emissions in 2006, the increased pollution from transport resulted in a rise for the country as a whole. A8051DAC-90DD-484E-91D8-7F3557C09B8A Thu, 13 Dec 2007 10:28:22 +0000 Wind farm protesters welcome off-shore proposals Campaign group hopes Government announcement strengthens its fight against plans for wind farms near Harrold and Podington. 024B2027-6869-4E54-9BD3-3683C05CB7DE Thu, 13 Dec 2007 10:27:57 +0000 Guinness Asset Mgt plans alternative energy fund British-based Guiness Asset Management said on Wednesday it plans to launch an alternative energy fund for UK and European investors, which it sees benefitting from strong oil prices and from value in the sector. E00D5826-059E-44F7-8602-36C5184FE886 Thu, 13 Dec 2007 10:27:24 +0000 Ireland 'among worst climate performers' A report published at the UN climate negotiations in Bali suggests that businesses and individuals in Ireland are not doing enough to fight climate change. 0AF828A8-CA14-4C29-8B92-C52575AA4231 Tue, 11 Dec 2007 09:59:56 +0000 Sky high IT carbon Experts have warned that the IT industry's carbon footprint is skyrocketing and could soon surpass that of the aviation industry. The report from environmental consultancy Global Action Plan, entitled An Inefficient Truth , found that only one in five IT departments in the UK are aware of their energy costs. 334D7FB6-0BBA-4E05-89FD-8D05162AE42A Tue, 11 Dec 2007 09:59:32 +0000 Speech by Minister Eamon Ryan at the Customs House to the Stop Climate Chaos Parade On behalf of the Minister for the Environment, I thank you for parading here today. 8B8DF4D7-0016-4A94-A90C-62E60F7DC882 Tue, 11 Dec 2007 09:58:37 +0000 Inaction on wind energy rollout plan stalls €4bn investment The fledgling Irish offshore wind industry has called on the Government to follow the lead taken in the UK and put in place a framework to allow for a substantial rollout of offshore wind projects. E4D67048-D82A-4EB5-9786-1E6169238FA0 Tue, 11 Dec 2007 09:58:14 +0000 Oil up on supply fears Oil prices rose today amid speculation oil producers' cartel Opec will keep production levels unchanged. FDA50BF9-C255-41E8-8038-6A4C3696E52E Thu, 6 Dec 2007 09:55:46 +0000 Power to face energy challenges If growth in demand for electricity is a barometer of the general shape of the economy, then our overall economic health appears to be in reasonably good condition. B5261264-9671-45A1-996C-FE2D8280EECA Thu, 6 Dec 2007 09:55:17 +0000 Warming's effect seen in species worldwide More than 3,000 flying foxes dropped dead, falling from trees in Australia. Giant squid migrated north to commercial fishing grounds off California, gobbling anchovy and hake. Butterflies have disappeared from the Alps. 93AC42F8-3A9C-4A00-9F63-1F88938B3FEF Thu, 6 Dec 2007 09:54:32 +0000 Major increases in Budget 2008 will focus on infrastructure and innovation The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan has welcomed the major increases for his Department announced in the budget today. The total increase for the Department is €72.7 million when compared to the 2007 Estimates. 48C14C13-AF9D-4AFC-B391-642E19F51110 Thu, 6 Dec 2007 09:54:05 +0000 Time to stop the climate blame game As a key UN climate change conference gets underway in Bali, Malini Mehra says the current global political system is "abysmally unfit for purpose". In this week's Green Room, she calls for nations to stop playing the blame game, and work together to deliver a low carbon global economy. 963921CB-02AC-4B30-A0FB-A5CC8825F16D Wed, 5 Dec 2007 09:49:05 +0000 Is Indonesia to Shrink due to Climate Change? Much of the environmental news at the moment is focusing on the Bali summit. Well, I’ve reported on that summit for much of the lead up, and I’m altogether sick of it. So I shall be leaving that to other hands. In the meantime, I shall endeavor to raise those stories that would otherwise be washed away. 53030BDF-1D10-4D51-B882-1F1AEA111313 Wed, 5 Dec 2007 09:48:34 +0000 Bhutan under fire from global warming If the emission of greenhouse gases causing global warming continues unabated, as it does today, many Himalayan glaciers will disappear in the next 28 years, according to the UN 2007-2008 Human Development Report on Fighting Climate Change launched in Thimphu on December 4. 77B036FF-4052-4DA9-B60E-88FD304C3E8A Wed, 5 Dec 2007 09:48:04 +0000 Funding For 10 Environmental Projects In Clare Minister of State and Clare T.D., Mr. Tony Killeen has announced that almost €9k has been allocated to ten environmental awareness projects in County Clare, under the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund. 8E187224-EDEA-4457-8FD6-4B9FCF6B4CC3 Wed, 5 Dec 2007 09:47:43 +0000 HP invests in wind and solar technology In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint globally, Hewlett-Packard is investing in wind and solar energy in the U.S. and Ireland. 807E974F-305A-407E-9386-931EB7227B9F Tue, 4 Dec 2007 09:47:15 +0000 Climate cause fires ice cream guru Ben and Jerry's likes to portray itself as an ethical brand. 6975AEE5-F1DB-4CA2-86AD-BA6B8F381559 Tue, 4 Dec 2007 09:46:47 +0000 IT's carbon emissions keep on climbing Two new reports have today highlighted the scale of the environmental challenge facing the UK's IT industry, revealing that carbon emissions from the sector are continuing to soar and many IT departments are ill-equipped to tackle the problem. 11771912-8058-4401-8B40-AF98A6EFA544 Tue, 4 Dec 2007 09:46:20 +0000 HP invests in wind and solar technology In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint globally, Hewlett-Packard is investing in wind and solar energy in the U.S. and Ireland. 2F7F2190-913D-48F3-972C-685ED6006172 Tue, 4 Dec 2007 09:46:00 +0000 EU "on track" for Kyoto targets Urges Bali conference to fix “roadmap” for new UN agreement D4E9056D-D797-4AD2-AD62-7FB170B95BE9 Mon, 3 Dec 2007 09:30:57 +0000 Minister Eamon Ryan meets Al Gore "There has been a strategic change in this Government. We will smash through targets as Ireland leads the way" EE85EAE5-8264-471E-AA8A-D0819F322A48 Mon, 3 Dec 2007 09:30:03 +0000 Minister Ryan Calls Halt to Uranium Exploration in Ireland Natural Resources Minister Eamon Ryan today announced that he has declined to grant Prospecting Licences to two companies seeking to explore for uranium in Donegal. This signals a wider policy decision to prohibit such activity in Ireland. CBC83DC9-0E61-4EAE-BD03-5B5A14F0147F Mon, 3 Dec 2007 09:29:01 +0000 Global warming 'is pushing tropics towards the poles' THE tropics have moved hundreds of miles towards the poles in less than 30 years because of global warming, US researchers confirmed yesterday. B43EF459-F9D2-4882-9F85-B9462560F1EF Mon, 3 Dec 2007 09:28:34 +0000 Community groups urged to join £1m Big Green Challenge Community groups from all over Northern Ireland have been challenged to come up with fresh new ways to cut their carbon emissions. B12E17F7-6C44-4F77-97FE-C8A0976AD66D Thu, 29 Nov 2007 09:36:00 +0000 IT departments must tackle energy ignorance Too few tech professionals have a handle on what their company's energy usage is, and this must change if any real progress is going to be made in terms of improving the efficiency of IT systems, according to Sun. 57F1F209-F581-4AB5-94AD-2177F950381D Thu, 29 Nov 2007 09:35:34 +0000 Hewlett-Packard to install large solar power array Computing giant Hewlett-Packard(NYSE: HPQ) said yesterday that it would soon be making a large investment in renewable energy to do its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its operations. As part of the effort, the computer maker will install a solar array on the tops of buildings in its San Diego campus. 8FC97B7A-6B38-4AB1-903C-94DA0D958424 Thu, 29 Nov 2007 09:35:02 +0000 Govt to launch climate change awareness plan The Government will launch a €15m campaign today aimed at alerting the country to the dangers of climate change and suggesting what can be done about it. 0AF6EEB2-D2F4-49A3-8D33-2D9330B08D50 Thu, 29 Nov 2007 09:34:47 +0000 Google’s Next Frontier: Renewable Energy Google, the Internet company with a seemingly limitless source of revenue, plans to get into the business of finding limitless sources of energy. D06B81A6-A072-4691-82B5-8C8D46C1B9A6 Wed, 28 Nov 2007 09:50:20 +0000 Taxpayer to foot bill if Kyoto target not reached TAXPAYERS face having to fork out more than €270m so that Ireland can "buy its way" into meeting the Kyoto agreement on greenhouse gas emissions. 0E2946B6-51A3-49F9-8F5E-BA4854EA3F75 Wed, 28 Nov 2007 09:49:47 +0000 Irish Energy Minister outlines clean energy business opportunity Finance business leaders were last week reminded of the importance of climate change at a high-level discussion hosted by Irish Energy Minister Eamon Ryan. C21B981A-F217-4C79-AA02-8F07C04F3A8F Wed, 28 Nov 2007 09:49:13 +0000 Government appoints Lochlann Quinn as new Chairman of ESB Today, Energy Minister Eamon Ryan announced that the Government has approved the appointment of Lochlann Quinn as the new Chairman of the Board of ESB. His tenure as Chairman will be for 5 years, commencing on 22nd January 2008. 7DF2D603-A82C-4E8F-8812-FEB7DE778B65 Wed, 28 Nov 2007 09:48:48 +0000 Scientists warn of agrarian crisis from climate change An agrarian crisis is brewing because of climate change that could jeopardise global food supplies and increase the risk of hunger for a billion poorest of the poor, scientists warned Thursday. 655A36A6-3BA0-44EF-89F6-DFBA690F5BEB Tue, 27 Nov 2007 10:16:07 +0000 Major waste firm fined for truck emissions North America's largest waste firm has been fined more than $1m after failing to ensure its diesel trucks met emissions standards in California. 4A9405E2-42D8-41C0-8DEF-74213FFC2403 Tue, 27 Nov 2007 10:15:39 +0000 EU to Require Biofuels Cut Emissions 10 Pct or More The European Commission will propose rules requiring biofuels used in the European Union to produce at least a 10 percent saving of greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels, an EU official said on Thursday. 6720DF41-1BA3-4A5C-8176-B7A9A966E1C2 Tue, 27 Nov 2007 10:15:07 +0000 Distributed Power Generation is a New Report That Examines Key Environmental and Legislative Issues and Analyses the Technologies Efficiency and Economics of Conventional Fossil Fuel Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of “The Future of Distributed Power Generation: New Technologies, Changing Economics and the Impact of Fuel Cells” to their offering. BF1CB1D3-266E-4CA2-927D-F42EA45104B1 Tue, 27 Nov 2007 10:14:36 +0000 Professor calls for action on climate change WALES must do far more to take up the business opportunities created by the climate change crisis, an academic will tell a major conference today. CA9A726D-6B68-44B3-8D6D-D894A56FDF5B Mon, 26 Nov 2007 10:11:07 +0000 CLIMATE CHANGE: EU Leaders Fail Planet - Mary Robinson Europe is not displaying sufficient leadership ahead of the Bali conference on climate change, according to Mary Robinson, the former United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR). 90D27253-170B-465B-BEFE-9F43CB5BF36D Mon, 26 Nov 2007 10:10:33 +0000 Minister Ryan Convenes High Level Discussion Group of Irish Finance Community on Sustainable Energy Financing Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan today hosted a high-level discussion for senior members of the Irish finance community on the subject of financing for sustainable energy. Today's meeting is the next logical step of the process began this July, when Minister Ryan hosted a forum on innovation and enterprise in the Energy sector. FFF1B867-55B2-49C1-BACE-AF0B73D7E8DE Mon, 26 Nov 2007 10:08:48 +0000 Oil agency signs €80m contract with Sempra The National Oil Reserve Agency (Nora) has signed an €80million contract with Sempra Energy, a energy conglomerate. 1418EA26-F61E-4623-A2CD-1484C9CC81C4 Mon, 26 Nov 2007 10:08:14 +0000 Minister Ryan Pays Tribute to Tadhg O’Donoghue on the Announcement of his Retirement as Chairman of ESB Minister for Energy, Eamon Ryan today paid tribute to Tadhg O’Donoghue on the announcement of his retirement as chairman of the board of ESB with effect from January 22nd next. D71FBF30-5FDD-432F-9119-77C07D575BAA Fri, 23 Nov 2007 09:34:33 +0000 Dirty dozen councils worst in UK More than a dozen of Northern Ireland's council areas top the league of the UK's biggest energy wasters, a campaign group has suggested. 2F802338-CBFF-4169-A082-9800EA0E7383 Fri, 23 Nov 2007 09:34:06 +0000 Airtricity on the market with price tag of €2bn Irish wind energy group Airtricity is gearing up for a €2bn-plus sale after German utilities giant E.On offered to acquire the entire business. 62128098-5129-44A6-84F1-AE3B05C3466D Fri, 23 Nov 2007 09:33:34 +0000 Micro-renewable firms can save money on smart meters The first 100 generators of micro-renewable energy in Ireland will be able to save money on the installation of smart meters. FBEC14AC-62E0-4A42-952B-C8594E31B8D5 Fri, 23 Nov 2007 09:32:58 +0000 Leading Renewables Company welcomes the CER’s decision facilitating micro generators to sell their exported electricity in advance of SMART meters. Surface Power Technologies, a leading Irish developer of next generation renewable energy technologies, welcomes today the CER’s decision on micro generation and the creation of a mechanism for calculating payment for exported electricity immediately using interval meters for micro-generators. 30E11525-7210-409E-A0C5-3179DF446B4B Wed, 21 Nov 2007 09:51:59 +0000 Oil prices hit record highs amid dollar weakness World oil prices soared to new records Tuesday, breaching 98 dollars a barrel in New York, amid supply concerns and as the US dollar continued to weaken against other major currencies. 870A1A67-7E90-4435-8088-A829B70863EC Wed, 21 Nov 2007 09:51:34 +0000 Power to stay on after ESB strike vote AN overwhelming vote for industrial action by workers at the country's biggest electricity supplier is "unlikely to leave our turkeys half cooked" this Christmas. C038B88B-D857-480A-9021-AF0A9CACB219 Wed, 21 Nov 2007 09:51:01 +0000 Poolbeg plant cleared to burn 600,000 tonnes An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for the proposed Poolbeg incinerator in Dublin's Ringsend. 5B58FBD7-E290-4ED6-A3F6-25F9F944E169 Wed, 21 Nov 2007 09:50:44 +0000 Ireland scoops EC cash for sustainable energy The European Commission has allocated Euro 2.17 million (£1.5 million) for sustainable energy projects in Ireland. EA541F34-E84A-4370-96CA-E759538893C8 Tue, 20 Nov 2007 09:59:50 +0000 Meath protest over electricity power lines A protest meeting has been held in Trim, Co Meath, over plans to route a major new electrical power line through the county. D5D63CFC-3A3B-4EC5-AF2E-D1C2AC24F31D Tue, 20 Nov 2007 09:59:07 +0000 Oil prices rise after OPEC summit World oil prices rose Monday amid tight crude supplies heading into the northern hemisphere winter as traders assessed the outcome of an OPEC summit held in Saudi Arabia over the weekend. 35205EBE-E79A-4F96-BD23-2144ABB59439 Tue, 20 Nov 2007 09:58:27 +0000 Breaking from oil: the harsh reality I receive a business update from a stockbroking firm at around 10am every morning. This is really useful in that it brings news of what is happening around the world that might affect the price of stocks and commodities. F189FAEF-CCC7-469D-88D1-8E09E3A651B4 Tue, 20 Nov 2007 09:58:09 +0000 Environment Minister condemns Shell drilling at conserved site The Environment Minister John Gormley has threatened Shell Ireland with criminal proceedings after the company carried out work in a special area of conservation. C3313044-BFF6-4391-ACA8-B82FEEA9115D Mon, 19 Nov 2007 10:07:05 +0000 Minister Ryan welcomes European funding for sustainable energy projects "The energy world is going green; it’s a win-win for Ireland" 5BBD9F93-AC16-4770-AAC4-590E5374EEF4 Mon, 19 Nov 2007 10:06:20 +0000 Irish firm explores wood pellet plant possibility in Duluth An Irish company is exploring the prospect of building a plant in Duluth to produce wood pellets for biofuel, although a Port Authority official describes it “iffy at best.” EBCE9B75-D373-45EB-9097-45AFFB1FB8A1 Mon, 19 Nov 2007 10:05:53 +0000 Eco homes: For green gains, stick in the mud Walls made from 'cob' - mud mixed with straw - are making a comeback, says Graham Norwood 047A00B0-E040-41EC-B4D7-80DDD53AE6FE Mon, 19 Nov 2007 10:05:22 +0000 Climate science: Sceptical about bias Of all the accusations made by the vociferous community of climate sceptics, surely the most damaging is that science itself is biased against them. 65E14A95-80A5-49F4-866B-93BCA915F36C Thu, 15 Nov 2007 09:59:19 +0000 Carbon footprinting standard: Ready by 2008 Measuring a product’s carbon footprint is not as tough as many believe. The real issue is labelling. 68B1CF0A-9479-4730-8362-0063A9A3B62E Thu, 15 Nov 2007 09:58:42 +0000 Farmers to fall under scrutiny of ‘green spies’ on internet People will be able to keep a check on farmers, including the Queen and her private Sandringham estate, in order to establish their “green” ratings. 4105E6C2-EBA2-4DD3-A38F-7EBC2DC0ADD4 Thu, 15 Nov 2007 09:58:07 +0000 European public opinion swaying towards nuclear power says Datamonitor study European public opinion is leaning back in favour of nuclear power as worries over climate change increase, according to a report published today. EE1A8E18-F415-4203-9349-D5CAD0B3BD18 Thu, 15 Nov 2007 09:57:36 +0000 The UK's first large-scale wood-burning power station is being officially opened on Teesside. The £60m Wilton 10 facility, will use about 300,000 tonnes of woodchips a year and provide enough electricity for 30,000 homes. 31BFA95D-D0D9-4D65-8ACD-CE36A178C7EE Tue, 13 Nov 2007 09:58:15 +0000 North-South and wider EU cooperation is only way to stem energy crisis and climate change Energy Minister Eamon Ryan today in Belfast, along with his Northern counterpart Nigel Dodds and EU Energy Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, formally launched the all-island Single Electricity Market. 2DB703ED-53AB-4AE4-9381-66333EBF9DC1 Tue, 13 Nov 2007 09:57:47 +0000 Environmental Protection Agency to grant licence for Corrib Gas refinery and combustion plant facilities at Bellanaboy Bridge, County Mayo The Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed its earlier decision to grant a licence to Shell E&P Ireland Limited to develop gas refinery and combustion plant facilities at Bellanaboy Bridge, Bellagelly South, County Mayo. F2E93A5B-38C8-4F0F-9E5E-949705C6E59E Tue, 13 Nov 2007 09:57:19 +0000 Airtricity awarded site for second Dutch wind farm Irish wind farm operator Airtricity said on Monday that the Netherlands had awarded it an offshore site to build a 350 megawatt wind farm, the company's second planned development off the Dutch coast. A2A01BA1-A26F-4D56-875D-A7B8D92F54E3 Tue, 13 Nov 2007 09:56:56 +0000 UN panel to set new path on climate at meeting Delegations and scientists from about 140 nations meet Monday in Valencia, Spain, and are expected to draft a report that could increase pressure on countries like the United States and China to make binding cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. 74474B2F-E4AD-4F55-8113-AAB95E3E0FD0 Mon, 12 Nov 2007 10:14:21 +0000 Czech leader raises new doubts on climate change Czech President Vaclav Klaus has criticised Chancellor Angela Merkel for her efforts to fight climate change, saying politicians, journalists and scientists are exploiting an unproven issue for their own advantage. E213F85C-509F-40FF-942A-D1257C082401 Mon, 12 Nov 2007 10:13:51 +0000 Wind turbine and tidal power in £20m green plan for Westminster Heritage concern as MPs look at scheme to cut their carbon footprint 1975773A-1EBF-4AE3-AC4F-6820044A074F Mon, 12 Nov 2007 10:11:48 +0000 No gas for Nenagh Nenagh has not been included among the towns recently added to the national gas grid and nor is it likely be linked up any time soon, according to the Tipperary Energy Agency. E0DDABB1-C6CC-42D8-BA38-66CBABC33129 Mon, 12 Nov 2007 10:11:02 +0000 Oil edges toward $100 mark The price of oil has edged nearer to $100 (£48) a barrel amid fears that a storm in the North Sea could hit production levels. C98AC321-33DF-4D17-8444-1A85CD62A802 Thu, 8 Nov 2007 09:51:15 +0000 Minister Ryan welcomes the IEA World Energy Outlook ‘Next ten years are crucial if we are to curb runaway energy demand’ 00A2538A-F2D6-4620-87BC-B0C8E11057B0 Thu, 8 Nov 2007 09:50:31 +0000 Smart Metering Process & New Licencing Process for Micro Generation People with micro-generation (solar, wind) powered electricity will get priority to a smart meter. 288E9656-8D58-4487-B432-4DAE764258E4 Thu, 8 Nov 2007 09:46:37 +0000 UK carbon reduction – Cap and trade around the corner An emissions cap and trade regime is less than five years away for UK firms and public sector bodies 25F737F1-BD51-48A8-9A67-864F16227B4E Thu, 8 Nov 2007 09:46:22 +0000 E.ON to Reduce Carbon Footyprint of The FA Cup E.ON, one of the UK's leading energy suppliers and Sponsor of The FA Cup, today launched its Carbon Footyprint campaign, which aims to reduce the carbon footprint of The FA Cup over the course of the 2007/08 season. 961CC740-31D1-4068-984E-1D06C9934D62 Wed, 7 Nov 2007 10:34:39 +0000 Oil climbs above 93 usd in London, hits 97 usd in New York for first time ever Oil rallied above 93 usd in London, and hit 97 usd in New York for the first time ever this afternoon, as expectations that US crude stocks fell last week, combined with the news of a pipeline explosion in Yemen, sparked off a fresh round of speculative fund buying, taking oil ever closer to the 100 usd mark. CB0A78E5-7F88-4680-B265-383066420397 Wed, 7 Nov 2007 10:33:54 +0000 Report says Corrib Gas will contribute €3bn To Ireland's GDP Goodbody Economic Consultants’ report says Corrib Gas will contribute €3bn to GDP over the lifespan of the project 41F64BA2-40B8-405A-9973-25C6D3982502 Wed, 7 Nov 2007 10:33:14 +0000 Climate change commitee has met just once The high-powered ministerial committee to co-ordinate government policy on climate change has only met once. 91AE2925-321E-468C-8A66-05EC185D6AAE Wed, 7 Nov 2007 10:32:45 +0000 Groundbreaking solar plane to test flight in 2008 A prototype of the "Solar Impulse" round-the-world solar plane should make its first piloted flight in autumn 2008, the Swiss project leaders said Monday. 0FBDA7D6-105C-4F64-83FD-F86099D3681A Tue, 6 Nov 2007 10:09:00 +0000 Europe pays to ship U.S. coal as price sinks Now that the price of coal is at a historic low relative to oil, there is no stopping consumers and producers alike from embracing Al Gore's nightmare. F219EFFC-5CF3-4582-9792-C21EBE88B841 Tue, 6 Nov 2007 10:08:27 +0000 Ireland and NZ focus on agricultural emissions A group of Irish scientists are set to visit New Zealand for a greenhouse gas conference as the governments of both countries remain focused on tackling climate change. 0B41DD8A-4EFF-4974-8263-437D0EF8B8F6 Tue, 6 Nov 2007 10:07:57 +0000 Analysis: A 'super grid' for Europe Europe's electricity grids are old and often not capable of providing trans-border, much less trans-continent energy security. Yet one German energy expert has come up with a visionary scenario that would overhaul the grids, increase energy security and at the same time help avoid climate change. 83E31A1F-9C7C-4399-A994-EF437EF1E1E1 Tue, 6 Nov 2007 10:07:27 +0000 Wales' carbon footprint shame Today, the Wales on Sunday can reveal how Wales’ carbon emissions are officially the worst per person in the UK. 389B168B-B93F-41E7-B77A-1D1DA6EDC9FA Mon, 5 Nov 2007 15:03:18 +0000 Minister Ryan Marks Completion of North-South Gas Pipeline and Rollout of Natural Gas to Towns Along Route Energy Minister Eamon Ryan on a visit to Banbridge, Co. Down today, accompanied by Northern Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Investment, Nigel Dodds, marked the completion of the North-South gas pipeline and the rollout of natural gas to towns along the route of the pipeline. 5D599708-ADD9-4EF5-9897-482D69C6989B Mon, 5 Nov 2007 15:02:42 +0000 Take ownership of own energy needs, warns LCEA THE Manager of the Limerick/ Clare Energy Agency (LCEA), has highlighted the need for both Limerick and Clare to take ownership of their own energy needs and climate change strategy. 98B125DB-C91C-495F-B6EE-D8D045B18E41 Mon, 5 Nov 2007 14:59:56 +0000 New smart meters for every home. Minister Ryan launches pilot programme of 25,000 homes as national roll-out begins Today, Energy Minister Eamon Ryan announced that a national programme to install a new smart electricity meter in every home would begin in 2008. The first phase will begin with the installation of 25,000 smart meters in varied geographic locations. 162C590C-DFD6-4E43-9167-F8F901922AA2 Mon, 5 Nov 2007 14:49:53 +0000 Buy green, end up in the red Householders who want to buy environmentally friendly products can end up paying double the price of standard goods. 42BAAB8B-849A-405C-8B36-3C77FC7AC946 Tue, 30 Oct 2007 16:50:20 +0000 ESB pays price for filleting small customers THE Electricity Supply Board sharks will soon be forced to make huge payouts to their unknowing, bullied customers. F0457779-ED86-4CB0-BD0D-56C51647B4AF Tue, 30 Oct 2007 16:49:46 +0000 Hibernian bids to go green In a move to become Ireland's first carbon neutral insurance company, Hibernian Group has just bought 30,000 carbon credits from Dublin-based environmentally friendly concrete firm, Ecocem. 6FD5ACD5-347B-4DF8-B7A1-FF83B1DF26DA Tue, 30 Oct 2007 16:48:58 +0000 Ireland taking advantage of 'green boom' Ireland can become a global leader in producing renewable energy, according to Green Party Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan. BE2DA76B-BD31-4C8E-916F-F6F87A1284B4 Tue, 30 Oct 2007 16:48:30 +0000 Minister Mary Wallace Launches The website was launched on Monday 15th October by Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mary Wallace T.D. 1E595119-A49C-49E6-9AF1-193754EB669D Tue, 30 Oct 2007 16:47:42 +0000 €40m savings from SEI programmes Large companies who are taking part in Sustainable Energy Ireland's energy management programmes have saved over €40m in the past year. 27615264-A7E0-4C4C-B133-6DA63B20298C Wed, 12 Sep 2007 11:30:54 +0100 New Company Promises Green Energy With Guaranteed Cost Savings Imperative Energy, the renewable energy company, has been officially launched by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan TD, with the promise of a major contribution to Ireland’s requirements for displacing fossil fuels with clean and sustainable sources of energy. 21EA8963-683B-4557-9854-9F9CB852DD1B Wed, 12 Sep 2007 11:29:45 +0100 Toyota Introduces iQ Concept Toyota introduced its ultra-compact iQ concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The iQ is the world’s smallest four-seat passenger (four adults plus child) concept car. At 2,980mm long, it is 425mm shorter than Aygo, but comparable to Yaris in width and height (1,680 x 1,480mm). 910CEED2-B996-4FB5-B148-0D61C9B5BC6B Wed, 12 Sep 2007 11:28:57 +0100 Magnets Can Boost Production Of Ethanol For Fuel In a finding that could reduce the cost of ethanol fuel, researchers in Brazil report success in using low frequency magnetic waves to significantly boost the amount of ethanol produced through the fermentation of sugar. 2A74A7FE-A766-4AAF-80EF-976D0FAF40DB Wed, 12 Sep 2007 11:26:32 +0100 Study to Examine Biofuel Combustion The U.S. Department of Energy awarded a grant to the fuel research company Reaction Design last week to begin a two-year study of the chemical and transport phenomena that take place during biofuel combustion. 11DFAA24-87BA-4403-86D3-6A7DDF178606 Wed, 12 Sep 2007 11:26:04 +0100 Sustainability Of Shannon Region Discussed At The Energy Solutions Conference The Manager of the Limerick Clare Energy Agency (LCEA) highlighted today the need for both Limerick and Clare to take ownership of their own energy needs and climate change strategy. EDB34BB3-4C4E-46DA-905F-ECA8E4A6404E Wed, 12 Sep 2007 11:25:41 +0100 €40m savings from SEI programmes Large companies who are taking part in Sustainable Energy Ireland's energy management programmes have saved over €40m in the past year. BEB2E11B-C03B-4F8C-9E64-EAB8790D06C6 Wed, 12 Sep 2007 11:25:16 +0100 New Company Promises Green Energy With Guaranteed Cost Savings Imperative Energy, the renewable energy company, has been officially launched by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan TD, with the promise of a major contribution to Ireland’s requirements for displacing fossil fuels with clean and sustainable sources of energy. 03A81C69-0681-4184-840B-9908E44376DF Wed, 12 Sep 2007 11:24:49 +0100 Bord Gáis Energy Supply Confirm Second Price Decrease in 2007 Bord Gáis Energy Supply Confirm Second Price Decrease in 2007 Typical household bill down by 20% since January EC053A9E-21CE-4F1B-8B0D-9431D1BACD8A Tue, 11 Sep 2007 11:10:28 +0100 Domestic electricity bills slashed Household electricity prices are to be slashed by more than 5% from November 1, leading to a saving of around 50 euro per year for customers. C8848510-D964-4598-9C79-8E91A1190CFC Tue, 11 Sep 2007 11:09:56 +0100 Auto show highlights new models and ways to cut consumption The world's auto industry that meets this week at the International Motor Show (IAA) is counting on innovation and new models to stand out amidst fierce competition and pressure to preserve the environment. 08B29FA1-8F55-40C7-978F-746A86461BEA Mon, 10 Sep 2007 15:23:31 +0100 Oil price danger looms over OPEC meeting OPEC oil ministers arrived in Vienna on Monday under pressure to help combat high crude prices that have surged to near-record highs and loom as a new risk for the global economy. E064840A-EB59-43D9-B967-7182C4173530 Mon, 10 Sep 2007 15:22:38 +0100 Oil falls towards $76 ahead of OPEC SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil slid towards $76 on Monday, as traders waited to see if top exporter Saudi Arabia will continue to back steady OPEC supply curbs, after weak U.S. jobs data raised concerns of a recession that could hit demand. FE93AEA7-FAC2-4D78-90AC-1FC89A0591B0 Mon, 10 Sep 2007 15:22:13 +0100 UN launches web-portal to serve Clean Development Mechanism The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have announced the launch of the CDM Bazaar - a web portal designed to facilitate exchange of information among buyers, sellers and service providers engaged in the Kyoto Protocol's clean development mechanism (CDM). 274479D5-6570-419B-979C-EB0EE55FEABE Mon, 10 Sep 2007 15:21:40 +0100 EEStor Inc.'s Invention Could Supplant Car Batteries EEStor Inc., of Cedar Park, Texas, has developed Electrical Energy Storage Units (EESU), which it said can compete against all existing battery technologies. The "ultracapacitor" will first be used by Zenn Motor, a Toronto-based company that bought the rights to the technology in 2005. B5F177F8-5F6E-4076-8341-6B14A42DD055 Mon, 10 Sep 2007 15:21:13 +0100 First Ever 'Zero Emission' Antarctic Station The first ever "zero emission" Antarctic research station, the Princess Elisabeth Station, was recently unveiled in Brussels, Belgium. Using specialized building design and materials, a passive A8C4340F-9CEA-41E6-ABEC-727739144779 Sat, 8 Sep 2007 16:51:47 +0100 Nuclear Power and a Hydrogen Economy? Back in 2003, George W. Bush proposed the Hydrogen Fuel Initiative, a multi-billion dollar federal effort to make hydrogen into a competitive fuel and create a hydrogen-fueled car, both by 2020. 4D9E5B6B-FDE9-4422-A9F4-C7245828BCC3 Sat, 8 Sep 2007 16:51:27 +0100 How Going Green Makes Companies More Attractive to Potential Employees With more and more people graduating from college every year, the pool of potential employees is growing at a breakneck pace. Not surprisingly, these new additions to the workforce have very different values than those that arrived on the scene some 20 years ago. More and more, potential employees are looking to work for companies whose views are aligned with their own. 75A7A6CF-CFB0-47FB-980F-6F496B1C1D5F Sat, 8 Sep 2007 16:37:30 +0100 Quick Green Tips - Heat Loss The amount of heat lost in homes annually through roofs and walls is enough to heat three million homes for a year! Too many of us are just turning up the heat when most of the time a warm cozy... 7748ED49-B3E9-41B7-A9FD-0E95CAB72572 Sat, 8 Sep 2007 16:24:52 +0100 Quick Green Tips - Recycling and Waste Pervention By the age of 6 months, the average North American has consumed the same amount of resources as the average person in the developing country consumes in a lifetime. Every day the US alone produces 404,271 tones of garbage, almost 5 pounds per person. The saddest part about this is nearly 1/3 of this “garbage” is recyclable and another 1/3 of it compostable. 21DB41BC-2F14-40D9-801F-6124D40CF699 Sat, 8 Sep 2007 16:12:10 +0100