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# sustainability

Last month
September 2023
Number of home retrofits up 150% from last year
The scrapping of VAT on solar panels has contributed to a significant increase in their installation in Irish homes.
This year
“There is no perfect way to be sustainable”: Interview with Taz Kelleher of The Useless Project
Taz Kelleher, co-founder of The Useless Project, shares advice on living more sustainably.
VAT rate on supply and installation of solar panels to be abolished
The move is expected to be signed off by the Government this week.
RTÉ pays tribute to Duncan Stewart as final episode of Eco Eye to air
The show has covered climate change and sustainability for the past 21 years.
Last year
Malcolm Noonan: It's not enough to watch threatened species struggle to survive
The Green Party TD looks at the agreement at Cop 15 Biodiversity conference in Canada and says time is running out for nature.
Opinion: Galway Ring Road decision marks a turning point in road construction in Ireland
Climate policy expert Sadhbh O’Neill says a more modern and sustainable transport plan for Galway is possible.
Councils asked to develop transport projects to help meet climate goals
A programme supporting local projects to help meet the transport sector’s climate goals is set to launch next week
All time
€490k new funding announced to help create a 'circular economy' in Ireland
Ten projects will be chosen to receive the funding.
Opinion: Our bee sanctuary is wild, messy and beautiful - and it's protecting biodiversity
Paul Handrick runs ‘the only true bee sanctuary on the planet’ in county Wicklow and before you ask, no, they don’t produce honey.
Opinion: The last year should teach us that food security is not guaranteed
Food activist Sophie Healy-Thow reflects on how the pandemic impacted Ireland’s sense of food security.
Opinion: If we do it the right way we can avoid a school run clogged up by cars
Jane Hackett of the Green-Schools Travel Programme is urging parents to avoid slipping back to the overuse of the car because of concerns over Covid-19.
Fake or real? What kind of Christmas tree is best for the environment?
Trying to have a greener Christmas? You should consider buying a real tree.
From the Garden: Buying a real Christmas tree supports local jobs and brings a certain magic to the home
A real tree is a much greener option than one made from plastic, writes Michael Kelly.
Coffee shops roast the Government for taking ‘easy way out’ with latte levy
Single-use coffee cups are to be hit with a levy of up to 25 cent under new government plans.
SuperValu is bringing in a compostable shopping bag from next month
It will cost 89c and be available in stores from 9 September.
29 states and cities sue Trump over climate change approach
The US President has set about systematically dismantling environmental regulations put in place by his predecessor Barack Obama.
Pigs, chickens ... a pony called Moses. Take a tour of Dublin city's first public urban farm
Based in St. Anne’s Park in Raheny, the farm is free to the public.
'Pizza boxes. Can we get rid of them too?': 'Reusable' culture isn't just about coffee cups
The scheme launched at DCU and Trinity college today with hopes to expand into other parts of Dublin and Ireland.
Veganuary is over, but Holly White tells us how to keep a cruelty-free beauty regime
Beauty with a conscious.
'All our electricity comes from the River Boyne': Irish companies get honest about their eco-journeys
The companies were presenting at the Showcase international trade fair that looks at products made and designed in Ireland.
Ever tried to reinvent the wheel? One Young Scientist is doing just that
It’s a system called a emission-free omnidirectional magnetic driving system. Now, let’s get our heads around that…
Quitting the smokes, learning to drive and self-care: We asked you what your New Year's Resolution is
New year, new you?
Love Fashion but hate the environmental cost? Swapsies is the Irish Solution
Fast fashion is becoming slower thanks to Irish gal Clodagh Kelly.
'Mooncups changed my life, to be honest': Three gals explain why they ditched tampons this summer
‘I live with my boyfriend so putting waste in the trash…you feel a bit gross, but with the Mooncup I feel cleaner’
Steel cups and banning plastic cutlery: How music festivals are trying to combat waste
Litter is a big problem at many festivals.
O'Hara's Brewery is launching a reusable steel pint cup at an Irish Festival this weekend
Another Love Story is one step closer to being a waste-free festival.
Westport to become Ireland's first plastic straw-free town
Pubs are already on board the initiative which is part of their entry into the 2018 Tidy Towns competition.
Can a giant multinational like Ikea make low cost, mass-produced furniture and call itself sustainable?
The Swedish furniture giant is one of the biggest and most profitable retailers in the world.
Dreaming about a holiday? Here are some of the world's best 'eco escapes'
The venues aim to “safeguard cultural and natural heritage” and “support environmentally friendly practices”.
Here's how Penneys makes sure the clothes you buy are ethical
“Ultimately, you’re guided by doing what’s right.”
Think you're too 'time poor' to grow your own food? Think again...
It’s what we choose to do with our time that really counts.
Urban Greening: The simple step we can take to beautifully transform our lives
If you live in a city and spend your time working indoors then you need to get more plants into your life.
An Athlone company is helping solve a big problem for the world's growing population
Oxymem has overhauled waste-treatment processes which have barely changed in a century.
These are the reasons why every business should think about sustainability
It can save you money – and help you earn more.
'We lack a clear strategy and can’t get our heads up to look a few years down the line'
John O’Sullivan questions what Athlone Town’s latest statement could mean for their future in his latest column.
'The club must now learn to live within its means' - Limerick chairman addresses rumours
Pat O’Sullivan says he is committed to the club but the level of financial backing will be decreased.
Can you guess which Irish college has been ranked second in the world for being so green?
Clue…it’s in Munster.
Opinion: How to make your home (or business!) more efficient and green
Top tips for changes that can dramatically reduce the financial, and environmental, costs of running a home or business.
Poll: Do you agree that the State pension should be cut?
As more people get older, the Government have concerns about increasing expenditure.
ESB power stations cut CO2 emissions by 1.5 million tonnes last year
Despite the good figures, Eamon Ryan is worried about a “lack of political will” on renewable energy.