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Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions from EU Emissions Trading Scheme participants decrease for first time since 2013

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions from EU Emissions Trading Scheme participants decrease for first time since 2013
    •    Overall emissions of greenhouse gases from Irish power generation and industrial companies in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme decreased by 4.8 per cent in 2017. This is the first overall decrease in emissions levels from these companies since 2013.
    ◦    Emissions from the Power generation sector decreased by 8.2 per cent, largely driven by the use of less coal and peat and a greater use of renewable energy.
    ◦    Cement industry emissions increased by 2.1 per cent.
    ◦    Food and Drink industry emissions increased by 2.5 per cent.


GWP launch new tool to map water governance

The Global Water Partnership (GWP) recently launched an online, interactive map showing water governance results.

Behind the many dots on the map are stories where a new water policy, a national adaptation plan, a transboundary management agreement, an investment plan or strategy, a regional planning framework, strengthened legislation or institutional reform led to stronger water governance.


World's first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden

The world’s first electrified road that recharges the batteries of cars and trucks driving on it has been opened in Sweden.

About 2km of electric rail has been embedded in a public road near Stockholm, but the government’s roads agency has already drafted a national map for future expansion.

Sweden’s target of achieving independence from fossil fuel by 2030 requires a 70% reduction in the transport sector.


Minister Eoghan Murphy publishes analyses on the cost of delivering housing in Ireland

Mr. Eoghan Murphy, T.D., Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government has published the following three reports on the cost of residential delivery in Ireland:

    •    Review of Delivery Costs and Viability for Affordable Residential Developments;
    •    Cost analysis of the updated Sustainable Urban Housing: Design Standards for New Apartments, Guidelines for Planning Authorities; and
    •    Comparison of Residential Construction Costs in Ireland to other European Countries.



ESB Networks to launch its Dingle Project to chart Ireland’s future electricity network

ESB Networks has launched a major project in Dingle which will see the company deploy a range of technologies which will future proof the electricity network for the benefit of homes, farms and businesses on the Dingle Peninsula. The findings from the project will in turn help ESB Networks deliver an electricity network to facilitate Ireland’s transition to a low carbon future.

Nationally, ESB Networks will spend €4.8bn in capital and operational investment up to 2020, and has chosen Dingle as a pilot location to help to understand how evolving technologies will interact on the electricity network of the future.


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