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# carbon emissions

This year
Lego ditches plan to make bricks out of recycled bottles as it 'wouldn't reduce emissions'
Lego hoped recycled plastic could replace crude oil-based acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
Amazon secure planning permission for three data centres in Dublin despite emission concerns
Fingal County Council gave the go-ahead to AWS firm for the construction of three new data centres in the region.
Last year
Debunk: Turf is not an ‘agricultural crop’; burning it is polluting and unhealthy
It can take 1,000 years for a metre of peat to form.
Germany's €9 train tickets prevented nearly 2 million tonnes of carbon emissions, survey finds
One in 10 users of the ticket said it prompted them to use public transport instead of cars for a least one journey a week.
Citizens’ assembly on agriculture the wrong model, says farming group
The Labour Party has proposed a citizens’ assembly be held on the future of agriculture and food production.
'It ain't just agriculture': Minister says other sectors must 'step up' to meet carbon emission targets
The sectoral carbon emission targets were due to be published before the summer recess.
Trains, planes and automobiles: Irish ministerial transport emitted 400 tonnes of carbon last year
An analysis by The Journal reveals the Government’s carbon footprint for 2021.
An analysis by The Journal has found that ministers emitted 406 tonnes of CO2 equivalent between them last year.
The final figure is an under-reporting of the true number because multiple departments did not release full data.
Details released also show that eight ministers used public transport at least once in 2021.
High Court orders peat company to halt unauthorised extraction in Midlands
Environmental Protection Agency brought injunction proceedings against Harte Peat Ltd.
All time
New peat legislation slammed as ‘incompatible’ with climate targets and EU law
The Bill, fast-tracked by Fine Gael and Fianna Fail senators, would remove the need for planning permission to extract peat for horticultural sector use.
Legal experts argue that new peat legislation disregards strict EU environmental law, writes Niall Sargent as part of Noteworthy investigation of peat extraction
Bill would give planning exemption to peat extraction for horticulture and pause any ongoing enforcement action until at least 2026
Peatland experts are also concerned the Bill is ' not compatible' with our climate action goals
Analysis: The argument that Ireland is too small to take climate action doesn’t hold up
Despite our small size, we have a significant carbon footprint in global rankings
Carbon neutral by 2050: President Higgins signs Climate Action Bill into law
“Today is a landmark day,” said Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.
State spent 2.5 times more on fossil fuel subsidies than climate supports over past decade
Noteworthy shows that State revenue from an EU carbon trading scheme went into controversial forestry programme and a rural transport scheme.
Transparency gap: State bodies holding back company emissions data from the public
A report by
Niall Sargent
Noteworthy project reveals emissions profiles of some of Ireland’s largest companies and highlights where lack of public transparency still exist.
Companies are starting to volunteer their emissions data but State bodies slow to reveal all details to public, writes Niall Sargent.
While emissions levels are falling in many sectors, Noteworthy analysis shows that sectors such as agriculture and aviation are stagnating or growing.
Ireland is doing well on finding energy efficiencies but there is still a mountain to climb.
Drop of 6.4% in industrial emissions last year - but not for dairy and pharma
This compares with a decrease of approximately 11-12% across Europe.
Covid-19 drives biggest drop in Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions since global financial crisis
The country’s emissions fell by almost 6% last year.
Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.5% in 2019 - the largest reduction since 2011
But the figures also indicate that Ireland is highly unlikely to meet its overall EU targets by the end of this year.
Richest 1% of world's population 'responsible for more than double the carbon pollution of poorest half'
In Ireland, the richest 10% of the population emits nearly the same emissions as the bottom 50%.
Green TD who helped negotiate programme for government says she can't fully endorse it
Neasa Hourigan said reducing carbon emissions will likely be back-loaded, and the deal doesn’t do enough in terms of housing.
Green Party outline 17 demands for entering a coalition with Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael
The party wants a reduction in carbon emissions and more spending on cycling.
FactCheck: Is Ireland responsible for just 0.000012% of the world's carbon emissions?
Reducing CO2 emissions is seen as key to resolving the climate crisis – but how much carbon does Ireland produce?
Prince Charles criticised for taking private helicopter to make speech on lowering aircraft emissions
The royal flew 126 miles to speak to scientists about lowering aircraft emissions.
Government departments now 'carbon taxed' on air travel
The tax will be paid into the government’s Climate Action Fund every year.
Thousands of kilos of potent greenhouse gas leaked from an ESB station. The EPA wasn't told
SF6 is a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 23,000 times that of carbon dioxide.
Ireland set to miss greenhouse emissions targets unless action taken, EPA warns
New policies are needed if Ireland is to meet carbon emissions targets, the EPA has said.
Ryanair claims to be 'greenest' airline following appearance on list of worst carbon polluters in Europe
The airline emitted 9.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide last year.
Tesco drew down €3m from government fund to 'go green' with its lighting systems
The fund, which is used to help reduce emissions, has been repaid in total by Tesco Ireland.
Take a look inside Taiwan's environmentally-friendly twisting tower
Trees and plants outside the building will absorb 130 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.
Why Ireland won't be turning to nuclear energy anytime soon
Alex White talked energy and climate change with yesterday.
ESB wants its government owners to axe wind and solar power support
Targets and backing for the renewable-energy sources should end after 2020, the state supplier says.
Obama wants to cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30% - not everyone agrees
Cuts are politically sensitive as coal, among the dirtiest energy sources, remains a major US industry.
Column: Here's where we can make cuts – and savings! – that won’t hurt services, jobs or salaries
Cutting costly emissions from thousands of public buildings would help the environment and save Ireland €200m a year – without requiring a single job loss.
"There is no plan B": EU targets major carbon emitters to reduce emissions
It comes as the IPCC publishes its latest report on climate change.
Draft edition of new climate law to be published next week
Phil Hogan says the draft heads of a Carbon Development Bill should be brought for cabinet approval next Tuesday.
Budget 2013: Motor tax costs rise by up to 25 per cent
Triskaidekaphobia wins: from next year there’ll be two batches of registration plates. Say hello to ’131′ and ’132′.
Doha talks hope to agree follow-up to Kyoto emissions deal
The Kyoto protocol – the only binding international deal on emissions – begins to expire this year, with no successor in place.
China offers terms for legally binding climate deal
China has reportedly offered a package of conditions which it wants fulfilled – but opens the door for a deal on carbon emissions.
Hogan hits back at claims government doesn't care about climate change
Phil Hogan has been criticised by the opposition over reports that climate change legislation was being shelved.
IEA estimates make 2010 carbon emissions 'the highest in history'
The surprising increase in emissions – growing at their fastest-ever rate – puts temperature goals almost out of reach.
Men worse for the planet's environment than women
Research in Europe finds that women emit less carbon than men, making them the greener sex.