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Dream deal agreed with mattress recycler and NIEA

A new deal to recycle more mattresses, carpets and furniture and save them from the nightmare of landfill has been secured by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and social enterprise recycler Usel.

The agreement will see Belfast-based Usel (Ulster Supported Employment Ltd) work with NIEA to expand their recycling facilities and help protect and enhance our local environment.

David Small, Head of NIEA said the Prosperity Agreement with Usel would mean an increase in the amount of material they recycle.

“This agreement is great news for both the environment and the local economy. Usel plans to work with the Housing Associations and recycle their carpets, diverting nearly 7,000 tonnes of waste carpets from landfill - enough carpet to cover up to 750 football pitches.

Ards and North Down Council bans single use plastics

Discarded bottle caps are a big problem (Image: Natasha Ewins)

More than 700 items of rubbish have been collected across every 100 metres of Northern Ireland beach in September 2017 alone.

But one council is now leading the way on the single use plastics plaguing our beaches, seas and outdoor spaces with a ban.

Ards and North Down Borough Council adopted the motion on plastics from Green Party councillors Rachel Woods and John Barry in November 2017. In it they called on colleagues to recognise the importance of reducing waste, our increased reliance on plastic and the amount of plastic that ends up in our oceans and on our beaches.

Green Key Awards Launch in Northern Ireland

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful introduces “Green Key” eco-certification to Northern Ireland

Local environmental charity Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful has launched Green Key in Northern Ireland. Green Key is an internationally recognised eco-certification for the hospitality sector, thereby boosting the local tourism and hospitality industry and championing sustainable best practices.

Belfast Met lead €9.39m Smart Renewable Hydrogen Project

Smart Renewable Hydrogen Project

Is Northern Ireland a step closer of achieving energy generating secure communities through smart renewable hydrogen?  

GENCOMM is an exciting new project being delivered by Belfast Metropolitan College with a number of European partners to address the energy sustainability challenges of communities through the implementation of smart hydrogen-based energy solutions.

Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity

Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity 28 - 31 May 2018

The Belfast Summit on Gobal Food Integrity will take place from 28 - 31 May 2018 at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.

This Summit will bring together food-security experts from all over the world, spanning academia, industry, agriculture, NGOs and regulators. The agenda will be high-level and ambitious; indeed, a large number of EU Projects will hold meetings while in Belfast.

The debate around the integrity of the global food-supply system will be lively and perhaps even controversial; the dilemma of how to feed a growing global population amid issues such as pollution, climate change, food fraud and food terrorism must be tackled head-on, sometimes provocatively.

The summit will be outcomes-focused, with the development of policy recommendations being fed back through the appropriate mechanisms.

UK Government commit to reporting on SDGs in 2019

The UK Government intends to share progress on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in 2019.

Lord Bates wrote to Maria Miller MP, Chair of the Women and Equalities Select Committee and in the letter, he confirmed that the Department of International Development (DFID) intends to submit a Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the 2019 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to outline its intended approach for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Review of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland

Ray Purdy and Peter Hjerp at Ecocentric were commissioned in late 2015 to undertake a review of environmental governance issues in Northern Ireland, by a coalition of Northern Ireland non- governmental organisations (NGOs).

The Report looks at the adequacies of existing environmental governance arrangements in Northern Ireland and seeks to develop and strengthen ways in which Northern Ireland deals with environmental governance. 

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Blog: Climate Change legislation in Northern Ireland - Is it just a lot of hot air?

By Suzie Cave, NI Assembly Research Matters

Climate change and the need for legislation to address it still remains a debate in Northern Ireland (NI), where specific legislation has not yet been introduced. The following article considers the introduction of specific climate change legislation in NI, exploring some of the main arguments expressed for and against it.

Autumn Budget 2017: Benefits in kind - electric vehicles

Autumn Budget 2017: Employees that charge their electric vehicles at work will not incur a benefit-in-kind charge on the electricity used.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the move, which will come into effect from April 2018, during his Autumn Budget 2017 speech today (22 November).

The announcement is part of the government’s focus on electric vehicles, which includes a new £400 million charging infrastructure fund, an extra £100 million investment in the plug-in-car grant, and £40 million in charging research and development.

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Solar farm to power NI Water plant

The NI Water solar farm will be made up of 27,000 solar panels

Northern Ireland Water has started building a £7m solar farm to power one of its key water treatment plants.

It is hoped the facility, on the shores of Lough Neagh, will be finished by March 2018.

It will see 27,000 solar panels built on a 33-acre site.

It is being developed next to the Dunore Water Treatment works, near Belfast International Airport in County Antrim. 

NI Water says the solar farm will power the plant and any excess will be fed back into the grid. It expects to save £500,000 per year in energy costs.

Chief Executive Sara Venning said it would allow the company to cut costs and reduce its carbon footprint. "It's a win-win," she said. 

It is the first time NI Water has developed a large-scale renewable energy option. Ms Venning said the company would look at the potential of doing something similar at other sites.