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Ireland Awards €7m for Energy Efficiency in Schools

A total of 17 schools in Ireland are to benefit from a €7 million (£6m) fund for the installation of energy efficiency measures. The government-funded pilot scheme aims to create a scalable model for energy-saving retrofitting for schools, targeting a 33% reduction in energy consumption as well as testing delivery …

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IKEA Introduces Environmentally-Friendly Ice Cream

IKEA has introduced an environmentally-friendly vegan ice cream to its Bistro menu in Europe. Starting from April 2019, the retailer will sell its sustainable strawberry-flavour soft ice, which it says has almost half the carbon footprint of traditional dairy-based soft ice and is one of the most popular IKEA Bistro …

Finland Approves 2029 Coal Ban For Energy Use

Finland has brought forward its coal phase-out date by one year, according to reports, with the new deadline set for May 1, 2029, after which coal will be banned from use as an energy source except in an emergency. Reuters reported last Friday that the Finnish Parliament approved on Wednesday …

One in Six Pints of Milk Thrown Away Each Year, Study Shows

One in six pints of milk produced around the world is lost or wasted, according to research conducted at Edinburgh University for the Guardian. Sixteen percent of dairy products – 116m tonnes – is lost or discarded globally each year, according to Prof Peter Alexander, a member of the newly …

Grate New Solar Plant Powers Cheese Processing Facility

A giant solar farm that is powering a cheese processing facility in Northern Ireland has been launched. The 5MW project is providing green electricity to Dale Farm’s cheddar cheese plant at Dunmanbridge in Cookstown and consists of 15,500 solar panels. It will provide around 20% of the cheese factory’s power …

Energy Efficiency Scheme to Help Irish Dairy Farmers Milk Savings

A new grant scheme that supports the installation of certain energy efficient technologies for dairy farmers has been launched in Ireland. The Sustainable Energy Authority in Ireland (SEAI) in collaboration with Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority, is offering up to €400,000 (£359,678) to farmers investing in energy-saving vacuum …

Ireland Becomes World’s First Country to Divest from Fossil Fuels

The Republic of Ireland will become the world’s first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in the lower house of parliament. The state’s €8bn national investment fund will be required to sell all investments in coal, oil, gas …