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 …

Illegal Ivory Found on Sale in 10 European Countries

Illegal ivory has been found on sale in 10 European countries, contravening international efforts to cut down on the trade which campaigners say encourages the poaching of elephants. The campaigning group Avaaz bought 109 items of ivory and had them tested using radiocarbon dating. Nearly one-fifth of the objects were …

Starbucks to Ditch Plastic Straws Globally by 2020 to Help Environment

Starbucks will eliminate plastic straws from its stores globally by 2020, in a nod to the growing push for businesses to be more environmentally friendly. The Seattle-based company said on Monday it will instead use straws made from other materials, and lids designed not to need straws. McDonald’s also recently …