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Limerick secures €6.5million in EU funding to become a ‘Smart Positive Energy City’

Limerick has been awarded a substantial grant in the biggest EU Research and Innovation Funding programme, Horizon 2020, for a smart cities and communities project worth €6.5m to the city. The +CityxChange (positive city exchange) is a smart city project submitted by a consortium of 32 partners including Limerick City and County Council from 11 countries. The fullscale project will receive €20 million in funding from Horizon 2020 which has nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years.

For the next five years, Limerick City along with the city of Trondheim in Norway will work with five other follower cities, Alba Iulia (Romania), Pisek (Czech Republic), Sestao (Spain), Smolyan (Bulgaria) and Voru (Estonia) to develop together through citizen engagement a series of demonstration projects on how to become smart positive energy cities. Together with all of their citizens, they will develop solutions that will help generate more energy than they consume, and exchange experiences with cities across Europe to learn faster, together. University of Limerick is a strategic partner to the city on this initiative.

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Euro Bus Expo – Europe’s biggest bus, coach and mini vehicles trade event taking place this year – returns to the NEC in Birmingham (UK) in the autumn.

 
Established as the leading international trade fair for the bus and coach industry in 2018, over 9,000 attendees will pack the aisles over 30 October–1 November to discover the next wave of vehicles, technology, equipment, accessories and business services launching onto the European market.

Visitor registration for the free-to-attend, three day biennial event is now open at www.eurobusxpo.com.

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EPA supports Europe-wide Pollutant Release and Transfer Register by publishing latest releases from industrial activities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published environmental data on Ireland’s national pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR). This is a public register of pollutant releases and waste transfers from large industrial activities in Ireland. This information supports EU-wide reporting through the European Commission’s e-Register website, which contains data reported annually by more than 30,000 industrial facilities across the EU.

Covering 91 pollutants from 397 large industrial facilities in Ireland, the data indicates trends across a number of key parameters. In particular, there is a trend towards recovery treatment rather than disposal in hazardous waste management for relevant facilities. It also shows that recovery of hazardous waste within Ireland increased by 49 per cent in 2016. In addition, the total hazardous waste transferred outside Ireland for recovery increased by 33 per cent in 2016.

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Minister Murphy heralds €2bn Urban Regeneration and Development Fund as a ‘transformational opportunity’ for Irish cities and towns

Mr Eoghan Murphy TD, Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government met with immediate stakeholders and potential lead partners from Local Authorities, Regional Assemblies and Government Departments to discuss the €2 billion Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) at an Information Seminar held in Portlaoise.

As a key part of Project Ireland 2040 - the Government’s National Planning Framework and National Development Plan - the fund is intended to drive regeneration and rejuvenation of strategic and underutilised areas within Ireland’s five cities, key regional drivers and other large towns.

The fund is one of four such funds established under the National Development Plan 2018-2027 and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG) has responsibility for implementing the fund, which has €100m available for expenditure in 2019 and an overall allocation of €550 million allocated to the fund up to the end of 2022.

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