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Posted 24/04/2013


Each quarter we pick one smartphone app which we believe enhances productivity or is particularly useful. 

Environet has been using Evernote for the past 6 months or so. It can take some time to figure out how it can be useful, but after a while you begin to wonder how you managed without it.

Posted 17/04/2013


On 16th April 2013 the European Parliament decided to reject proposals which were needed to save the emissions-trading system (ETS) from collapse. The price of carbon fell by 40%.

Posted 16/04/2013


Posted 17/01/2013


The EPA has recently announced the impending launch (on 21st January 2013) of a new web portal called ALDER  It stands for Application for Licensing Data and Environmental Reporting. All holders of IPPC and Waste Licenses will be required to submit monitoring and enforcement data through this portal.

Posted 14/01/2013


Each quarter we pick one smartphone app which we believe enhances productivity or is particularly useful.

This quarter its CamScanner.

Posted 02/01/2013


As reported here a number of months ago the Industrial Emissions Directive will revise and merge seven existing Directives, one of which is the Large Combustion Plants (LCP) Directive (2001/80/EC). LCP are those combustion plants with a rated thermal input ≥ 50 MW. Below is a summary of the main implications of the IED for LCP.

Posted 12/12/2012


The EPA has issued its 2011 Drinking Water report. The main conclusions/recommendations are:

Public Drinking Water Supply under the direct control of Water Services Authorities

Posted 23/11/2012


On November 21st the Copenhagen based European Environment Agency released a major indicators based report on the current and predicted impact of climate change on EU countries. Some of the main conclusions are:

Posted 19/11/2012


Ireland has 2 main targets related to the reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, the Kyoto Protocol and EU 2020.

With regard to Kyoto, Ireland committed to reducing, by 2012, emissions to 13% above those in 1990. It appears that we will meet this commitment through a combination of the recession and the closure of many companies with a very large energy footprint such as IFI, Waterford Crystal and Irish Steel.

Posted 02/10/2012


As we reported in April 2012, Ireland has been under pressure for some years to fully implement the provisions of the EIA Directive.

A European Court of Justice Decision stated that the provisions of Irish planning legislation under the Planning and Development Act 2000 ‘are different from that, imposed by Article 3 of Directive 85/337 on the competent authority, of carrying out full environmental impact assessment’.