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10 January 2019 10:52 Solution to carbon tax issue staring government in the face – Nissan

Nissan has called on the government to ban used car imports from the UK where registration pre-dates 2014 rather than imposing a new carbon tax on householders. Nissan stated that the measure would significantly address the problem of rising carbon emissions while generating €400m per annum in new tax revenue. CEO of Nissan Ireland, James McCarthy, said: “The solution 61

04 January 2019 00:01 Edinburgh Premier Inn becomes first battery-powered hotel in UK

An Edinburgh hotel has become the first in the UK to be battery-powered. The Gyle Premier Inn at Edinburgh Park has installed a five-tonne battery which will charge from the national grid during off-peak periods and power the 200-room site for several hours each day. The 3m3 lithium ion battery is expected to save the hotel £20,000 a year on its energy 53

15 December 2018 21:51 Diplomats at UN climate talks agree on reporting emissions

Officials from around the world have agreed upon a set of rules to govern the 2015 Paris climate accord after two weeks of UN talks in Poland. Michal Kurtyka, a Polish official chairing the talks in Katowice, sealed the deal on Saturday after diplomats and ministers from almost 200 countries approved. The UN talks were meant to provide firm guidelines 51

03 December 2018 21:46 Shell agrees to set short-term caps on carbon emissions

Energy giant Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to set short-term goals for reducing carbon emissions that will be linked to executive pay. The decision was announced after pressure from institutional investors, who said urgency was needed to fight climate change and protect the value of their holdings. Shell says it will set the targets for rolling three 58

21 November 2018 07:31 Households could see bills rise by €3,000 if Govt fails to meet climate change targets

Households face a €3,000 carbon tax bill unless measures are brought in by the Government to tackle emissions and climate change. A new ESRI report says that carbon tax will have to increase from €20 per tonne today to €470 by 2030 in order for Ireland to meet its targets. If it goes ahead, the changes would mean large increases in home heating bills 20

29 October 2018 15:38 EasyJet ‘moving fast’ in developing electric planes

EasyJet is “moving fast” in developing electric planes it can fly on short-haul routes, the airline’s boss has said. Chief executive Johan Lundgren claimed electric flying is “becoming a reality” and he can foresee a future that is “not exclusively dependent on jet fuel”. The Luton-based carrier is in a partnership with US-based manufacturer Wright Electric 57

09 October 2018 19:38 Whatever happened to the carbon tax? It came down to a call between VAT and fuel hikes

Leo Varadkar said the government would ‘grasp the nettle’ and increase carbon tax. Today, it failed to deliver. Those were the words of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar when talking about the Budget back in August. The introduction of a carbon tax was well flagged by the Taoiseach to reporters during his summer roundtable press briefing. In fact, it was one of the measures 12

09 October 2018 09:53 Dutch appeals court upholds landmark climate case ruling

A Dutch appeals court has upheld a landmark ruling that ordered the Dutch government to cut the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 25% by 2020 from benchmark 1990 levels. The original June 2015 ruling came in a case brought by the environmental group Urgenda on behalf of 900 Dutch citizens. Similar cases are now under way in several countries 35

08 October 2018 06:39 Key statistics from the UN climate report

A new UN report has warned that unprecedented changes across all aspects of society are needed in order to limit dangerous global warming. Here are some of the key statistics raised in the report. – Global warming should be limited to 1.5C rather than 2C to ensure the impacts of climate change, from droughts to rising seas, are less extreme. – By 2100, global 30

25 September 2018 15:03 Decision delayed on 'alternative fuels' Irish Cement plan after thousands of objections submitted

A decision on the granting of a controversial license to Irish Cement, which would allow the company to burn alternative fuels, including used tyres, has been delayed due to a long list of objections from the public. Over 3,500 objections have been submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A decision on the granting of the licence had been scheduled 19