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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."

London Mayor orders Europe's largest electric bus fleet

Khan's ambition is for all London buses to be zero-emission by 2037

20 June 2018

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has ordered 68 fully-electric double-decker buses in a bid to create the largest fleet of its kind in Europe.

Khan's ambition is for all London buses to be zero-emission by 2037

In a bid to combat toxic air levels polluting the capital, Khan has moved to increase the number of electric double-deckers in London more than ten-fold, with the vehicles set to be added to Transport for London’s (TfL) fleet in summer 2019.

Local council proposes ban on release of balloons and lanterns

When a balloon or sky lantern is let go, it will blow away, only to burst or deflate and return to Earth. They can travel thousands of miles before landing in a forest, field, lake or ocean. Balloon and Lantern releases are a global issue. Many animals – marine & terrestrial, wild & domestic – easily mistake them for food or get entangled in any string.

DAERA Environment Fund 2019 - 2022 open

11 June 2018

The DAERA Environment Fund (EF) Strategic Strand is now open for Pre–Applications from eligible applicants

DAERA administers the Environment Fund (EF) to support STRATEGIC projects in Northern Ireland contributing to 4 Environmental Impact Priority areas:

Electricity Consumption and Renewable Generation in Northern Ireland

A report detailing the percentage of electricity consumption in Northern Ireland generated from renewable sources has been published.

The ‘Electricity Consumption and Renewable Electricity Generation in Northern Ireland: Year ending December 2017’ report published on 7 June 2018 details the percentage of electricity consumption in Northern Ireland generated from renewable sources and includes information on the type of renewable generation used.

The report reflects performance against the 2011-15 Programme for Government target which was to “Encourage achievement of 20% of electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2015” and the Executive’s 2010-20 Strategic Energy Framework which includes a target to achieve 40% of electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2020.

Local Government Awards - Deadline extended to 27 July!

The Local Government Awards Northern Ireland showcase brilliance in service provision, new initiatives and personal commitment from councils, councillors, staff and partners. The Awards offer public and peer recognition whilst motivating those delivering and sustaining front line and other key council services. The Awards will this year feature a new category which rewards Excellence in Environmental Sustainability, acknowledging the work councils are doing to demonstrate innovation, exceptional commitment and great work in the field of resource management and environmental stewardship.  

The Awards cover nine categories including:

DAERA pilot offers farmers free environmental audit

A new pilot scheme aimed at improving our environment, reducing the number of on-farm inspections and helping farmers comply with payment rules has been launched by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

The Water Management Unit within NIEA has worked closely with Countryside Management Unit and the Ulster Farmers’ Union to develop the pilot project which will deliver on-farm environmental audits to farmers who request them.  

Denis McMahon, DAERA Permanent Secretary, said: “The aims of this voluntary scheme are to protect and improve our environment and help our farmers keep more money in their pockets. We can do this by identifying and tackling any minor environmental issues around the farm and addressing them promptly, thereby improving the environment and reducing the chances of cross compliance inspections and breaches.

Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland - project participants

The Carnegie UK Trust has announced the participants in their new project Embedding Wellbeing in Northern Ireland.

Resource: Social Value Toolkit

We are pleased to introduce a new Social Value Toolkit, developed to help councils and public sector organisations in Northern Ireland embed social value principles into their procurement approaches, ahead of any future legislation in this area.

Social Value is a process whereby organisations meet their needs for goods, services, works and utilities in a way that achieves value for money on a whole life basis. It does this by generating benefits not only to the organisation, but also to society and the economy, and the environment.

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