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Global Goals Local Action - 23 November 2018, Coffee Cure, Bangor

 

Sustainable NI and Nilga recently organised an event entitled Global Goals, Local Action (23 November 2018, Coffee Cure, Bangor), hosted by Ards and North Down Borough Council.  The event was to raise awareness of the 17 international Sustainable Development Goals and how they are being, and could be, implemented at a local level.

The event included a range of speakers covering topics such as Sustainable Tourism, Planning and Resilience, Sustainable Food and Responsible Business.  

This event was developed in association with Nilga and was therefore designed for Elected Members.  We had 21 members from across Northern Ireland in attendance.  However, the event was not solely for members and other council officers and public sector representatives attended along with the private sector.

 

 

 

 

Ards and North Down Borough Council could be the first in NI to have Seabins

A series of unique and innovative ways of protecting the environment are being introduced by Ards and North Down Borough Council.  The projects are being funding by the Recycling Community Investment Fund set up in 2016 from savings achieved through residents committment to the councils recycling schemes.

One particular project is the purchase of 3 Seabins to be located around the Ards and North Down Borough Council coastline - the longest coastline of any local authority in Northern Ireland.  Its 110 miles of coastline draws tourism as a result of its waterways, harbours and marinas and this initiative will help in the fight against the eight million pieces of plastic that find their way into oceans daily, making the sea a cleaner and safer place for both residents and local marine wildlife.

WWF report: Mass wildlife loss caused by human consumption

"Exploding human consumption" has caused a massive drop in global wildlife populations in recent decades, the WWF conservation group says.

In a report, the charity says losses in vertebrate species - mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles - averaged 60% between 1970 and 2014.  "Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions," the WWF's Living Planet Report adds.  It urges policy makers to set new targets for sustainable development.

The Living Planet Report, published every two years, aims to assess the state of the world's wildlife.

Final call to save the world from 'climate catastrophe'

It's the final call, say scientists, the most extensive warning yet on the risks of rising global temperatures. 

Their dramatic report on keeping that rise under 1.5 degrees C says the world is now completely off track, heading instead towards 3C.  Keeping to the preferred target of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels will mean "rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society". It will be hugely expensive - but the window of opportunity remains open. 

After three years of research and a week of haggling between scientists and government officials at a meeting in South Korea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a special report on the impact of global warming of 1.5C.

2018 Local Government Awards: Northern Irelands "Best in Class" Winner of Excellence in Environmental Sustainability by a Local Authority

Councils throughout Northern Ireland were celebrating last Thursday (11 October) as nine award category winners of the 2018 Local Government Awards were announced.  The event was hosted by Sarah Travers at the Armagh City Hotel.

The awards are co-ordinated by NILGA and the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE), this year they attracted an unprecendented 78 entries and showcased brilliance in service provision, new initiatives and the personal commitment from councils, councillors, staff and partners.

Speaking at the event, Councillor Dermot Curran, Northern Ireland Local Government Associations (NILGA) President said,

'Congratulations to the winners and to all the 11 councils who took time to submit entries into the 2018 Local Government Awards.

Ireland criticised over SDG Implementation Plan

On Thursday 26 April, Minister Denis Naughten, T.D., launched Ireland's Sustainable Development Goals National Implementation Plan 2018 – 2020. The plan is in direct response to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and provides a whole-of-government approach to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), identifying four strategic priorities to guide implementation: 

Northern Ireland falling behind on climate commitments

In late June the UK Committee for Climate Change published its annual report to Parliament on how we are progressing towards legally-binding emissions reduction targets. The Climate Change Act is UK-wide and the report provides details on greenhouse gas emissions for each part of the country. The report shows that despite targets for greenhouse gas reductions, last year Northern Ireland saw an increase in emissions. The report warns that unless action is taken now, the public faces an unnecessarily expensive deal to make the shift to a low-carbon economy.

Ireland set to be first country to end investment in fossil fuels

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Ireland is set to become the first country to stop public investments in fossil fuels.

The Fossil Fuel Divestment bill was passed by the lower house of parliament, Dáil Éireann, on Thursday.

The bill is expected to pass relatively quickly through the Seanad (senate), and will force the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to end any investments in non-renewable energy in five years.

Environment activists have welcomed the news.

The ISIF is worth €8.9bn (£7.9bn; $10.4bn), of which more than €300m is invested in oil, gas, coal and other fossil fuels, according to Ireland's Catholic development agency, Trócaire, which supported the bill.

Government must embed SDGs into Brexit strategy, report urges

The report was unveiled at the House of Commons Photo: Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be placed at the heart of the UK's Brexit strategy, according to a new report stating that government policy is performing inadequately across three-quarters of the targets listed under goals.

The report, published 3 July by the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), gathered insight from more than 100 businesses, charities, trade unions and government agencies to outline current legislative actions against the SDGs.

Of the 143 targets considered relevant to the domestic delivery of the goals, the report notes that the UK is only performing well on 24% of its targets. According to the UKSSD, policy gaps or inadequate performance were listed alongside 57% of the targets, while 15% had “little to no policy in place” to address them.

Irish coffee company Frank and Honest goes compostable

16 May 2018 via Irish News

IRISH coffee company Frank and Honest is to become the first national brand to move to 100 per cent compostable coffee cups.

Frank and Honest, available in selected SuperValu, Centra and Mace stores, will replace all non-recyclable single-use coffee cups with a new compostable cup and lid from September 2018. The new initiative has the potential to divert millions of coffee cups from landfill annually.

Fergal O’Kane from Musgrave, said: “Frank and Honest has a national geographical footprint with 630 locations across the island of Ireland, so this new initiative will help move towards a more sustainable Northern Ireland."

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