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The Local Authority Waters Programme have announced the launch of an open call for applications under the Community Water Development Fund 2019.

This fund is open to all community and voluntary groups to assist in the protection and management of water quality, both locally and in the wider catchment.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 12th February 2019 at 7.00pm.

The Community Water Development Fund aims to support communities in progressing water related projects and initiatives, delivering benefits locally whilst also helping to meet the objectives of the River Basin Management Plan for Ireland and the wider EU Water Framework Directive. This can include the development of a catchment partnership or River/Lake Trust, and delivery of local projects to protect and improve water quality in a local water body.

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Grant leads the way in Renewable Heating Technologies

Launched to the market just over two years ago, Grant’s range of highly efficient Aerona3 inverter driven air source heat pumps (ASHPs) has revolutionised the plumbing and heating industry, offering a fast and effective heating solution that can help reduce carbon emissions. As a key feature within Grant’s extensive portfolio of heating technologies, which has grown rapidly over the last four decades, the Aerona3 ASHP range is becoming an increasingly popular choice as the demand for more sustainable products continues to rise.

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National Consultation Workshop on EU Water Priorities

The WATER Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) has opened a public consultation to get your opinion on the next version of its Vision 2030 and Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA 3.0).

As part of this consultation phase, your views are invited on the future of water-related research, development and innovation in Europe at the national workshop, which will take place on Thursday 14th February 2019, in The Gresham Hotel, Dublin.

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Clean Ocean Initiatives

Cork County Council has recently been involved in a number of net recycling and fishing industry generated waste management initiatives.

By providing segregated waste reception facilities, the Council aims to make it easier for fishermen to help turn their retired fishing equipment and other waste into a useful resource for recycling or up-cycling. This minimises both cost and any negative impact on the marine environment.

Cork County Council has worked on the innovative and award-winning Circular Ocean Project and is currently working in conjunction with Bord Iascaigh Mara (BIM) and the Cork Institute of Technology’s Clean Technology Centre in order to design and develop a sustainable waste reception system for fishing vessels.

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Research to help deliver a low carbon, sustainable and healthy future

The EPA has announced awards totalling €12.2 million to fund new environmental research projects. The EPA environmental research programme is a Government of Ireland initiative, funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

The new EPA research projects funded will address a wide range of topics, including:
    •    Implementation of the Climate National Mitigation Plan and Adaptation Framework;
    •    Implementation of the River Basin Management Plans;
    •    Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Ireland;
    •    Antibiotic resistance;
    •    Plastics use;
    •    Natural capital accounting;
    •    Peatlands management;
    •    Habitats drone mapping.

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