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Local Government Awards: Winner of Excellence in Environmental Sustainability

The winning entry at the Gala Awards Evening on 11 Octover 2018 was Derry City and Strabane District Council for their CLIMATE project. This project will tackle climate change on local and regional levels using models of best practice to develop climate adaptation plans for the district. This €1.3m project is part funded by the ERDF Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020 and Derry City and Strabane District Council is the lead partner. 

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

power station

Ireland is set to become the first country to stop public investments in fossil fuels as the landmark 'Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill' was passed by Dáil Éireann. The bill will force the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to end any investments in non-renewable energy in five years. The new legislation is intended to help ensure Ireland meets its commitments under the Paris Agreement, which was the first deal to unite the international community in tackling climate change.

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.

Irish coffee company Frank and Honest goes compostable

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.

London Mayor orders Europe's largest electric bus fleet

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, Mayor of London, Sadiq 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.

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 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. For the 12 month period January 2017 to December 2017, 34.8% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland.

Local Government Awards 2018

The Local Government Awards Northern Ireland showcase brilliance in service provision, new initiatives and personal commitment from councils, councillors, staff and partners. The finalists in each category get an opportunity to go forward to the Gala Awards Recognition Evening at the culmination of NILGA’s Flagship Annual Conference, Building Sustainable Communities, Delivering a Better Northern Ireland for Everyone”, at the Armagh City Hotel, Armagh, on Thursday 11th October 2018.  

DAERA pilot offers farmers free environmental audit

A new pilot scheme aimed at improving the 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 scheme will deliver on-farm environmental audits to farmers who request them.

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