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Sustainable NI launches new Social Value Toolkit

Sustainable Northern Ireland is pleased to introduce a Social Value Toolkit, developed to help public sector organisations in Northern Ireland embed social value principles into their procurement approaches.

Event: Making Global Goals Local Business

The event was held on Tuesday 8th May at Herbert Smith Freehills in Belfast as part of a UK roadshow organised by the UN Global Compact to help explain what the UN Sustainable Development Goals are, why businesses should care about them and how businesses can contribute to achieving the Goals and benefit from doing so. 

Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles

Mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drinks bottles – by accident. The breakthrough could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis by enabling for the first time the full recycling of bottles.

Belfast appoints Resilience Commissioner

The Commissioner for Resilience – the city’s first – will help build a comprehensive resilience strategy for Belfast, addressing major ‘shocks’ such as flooding, infrastructure failure and cyber–attack.

'We need to eat less and better meat and dairy' say campaigners

Eating Better and its partners including Friends of the Earth, Sustain, WWF and Compassion in World Farming have released a report which sets out how a ‘less and better’ approach to meat and dairy is better for people, animals and the environment.

Training: Carbon Management

The latest in a series of highly successful SNI training events, which focussed on carbon management, providing delegates from the public and voluntary sector with the tools and information needed for measuring and managing their organisation's carbon footprint.

SNI Event: EU Funding Project Ideas Lab

A Project Ideas Lab, organised by Sustainable Northern Ireland in partnership with SEUPB, which focused on promoting EU funding streams and identifying and developing sustainable development projects which may be elegible for EU funding.

Blog: What is the gender pay gap in Northern Ireland?

Michael Scholes and Aidan Stennet from the NI Assembly Research Matters Team investigate the myriad of factors which lead to a gender pay gap and investigates the gender pay gap in Northern Ireland.

The UK's first Energiesprong homes

A pioneering new pilot project in Nottingham aims to make select households ultra-low carbon and fit for the future by renovating them using the 'Energiesprong' techniques used in the Netherlands.

Post-Brexit farm payments to be used to help the environment

Environment Secretary Michael Gove wants to end direct payments based on the amount of land farmed

The UK Government has published a consultation on its plans for agriculture after the UK leaves the EU. The consultation entitled ‘Health and Harmony: The Future for Food, Farming and the Environment in a Green Brexit’ proposes that public money will no longer be given to farmers for the amount of land they own. Instead it will be allocated for the delivery of sustainable production, environmental enhancement, animal welfare and trialling new technologies.

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