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Seaweed may be the solution to our plastic crisis

From a pile of seaweed to a packet of soy sauce. The London startup Notpla has created a plastic alternative from seaweed that's biodegradable — and even edible. And it's hoping it could put a dent in the 300 million tons of plastic waste humans generate each year.

Emergency Tree Plan for the UK

In the 2019 general election every major political party backed the necessary increase in woods and trees in response to the climate and nature crisis. Woodland Trust's Emergency Tree Plan sets out key recommendations for national and local governments across the UK on how to increase tree cover and address the nature and climate emergency.

Sustainable transport: £20 million for residential EV chargepoints

Concern over a lack of charging infrastructure is holding back the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs), which is crucial in achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. This is being addressed by the On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) grant – a fund of £20 million. 

Build Back Better: How Councils can spark a green post-COVID recovery

“Never let a good crisis go to waste” said Winston Churchill. As we move from emergency response mode to making plans for post-coronavirus recovery, a wave of new thinking is emerging on how we can do things differently or perhaps more specifically – ‘better, fairer and greener’. The conversation up to now has focused on what central governments can do. But it is just as relevant for local councils.

NI streets littered with 1.3 million bits of rubbish

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, has released a report funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), that demonstrates that litter remains at concerning levels in NI – damaging our forests, parks, beaches and streets. The Litter Composition Report estimates 1,294,164 items are littered on our streets at any one time, weighing approximately 28 tonnes and costing the public purse £45 million annually in Northern Ireland. 

Northern Ireland Assembly declares a 'climate emergency'

The Northern Ireland Assembly has declared a climate emergency and backed the creation of an independent body to protect the environment. It followed a debate on climate change in the chamber on Monday 27 January 2020. MLAs supported immediate action to cut carbon emissions and called for an independent Environmental Protection Agency to be established within a year.

Councils examine range of options to stop scourge of plastic waste

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council have joined a list of councils across Northern Ireland to outline their committment to reducing the amount of Single Use Plastics (SUP) across their organisation.

Development of an Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland

The Department for Economy is developing a new Energy Strategy to replace the existing Strategic Energy Framework. It will include the development of new policy and support for the decarbonisation of our energy mix – in transport, heat and power – through both fuel switching to renewable and lower-carbon fuels and energy efficiency (using less energy to deliver the same output).

Climate Change Adaptation Programme for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s second Climate Change Adaptation Programme (NICCAP2) was published in September 2019 and it covers the period 2019-2024. The document contains the Northern Ireland Civil Service Departments' response to the risks and opportunities relevant to Northern Ireland, as identified in the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017.

Lay of the Land - RSA Food, Farming and Countryside Northern Ireland Report

Lay of the Land outlines the need for a transformation in our food and farming system in order to respond to the climate emergency and restore biodiversity, improve the public's health and wellbeing in all communities and develop Northern Ireland's distinctive pattern of farming to play its full part in responding to these challenges, supporting and revitalising rural communities