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It is ‘almost impossible’ for UK electricity demand to be met by 2025, engineers say

Engineers warn of looming UK energy gap

The UK is facing an unprecedented "energy gap" in a decade's time, according to engineers, with demand for electricity likely to outstrip supply by more than 40%, which could lead to black outs .

The centre in Ireland will be the second energy and cost efficient data centre that Facebook owns in Europe

Facebook to build 100% renewable data centre in Ireland

Facebook have announced plans for a new data centre to be built in Ireland which will run on 100% renewable energy using the country's 'robust' wind resources.

Kilroot Power Station in Northern Ireland, where the new battery array has been installed

UK's largest energy storage project hums into life

Global power company AES has announced completion of the UK's largest battery energy storage array.

The completed plant is expected to generate around 3,600MWh of renewable electricity a year

GIB makes third investment in Northern Ireland's AD industry

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and private equity group Foresight have committed to invest £1.7m in the construction of an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in Northern Ireland.

Initiatives that receive funding will be eligible to test prototypes in the Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site

Apple invests in Ireland's ocean energy industry

Continuing its investment in renewable energy, technology giant Apple has agreed a new £1m R&D fund to support a wave energy project off the coast of Ireland.

The construction of the plant will allow for an annual generation capacity of 61GWh

Green investment for Northern Ireland's largest EfW plant

A proposed Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in Belfast has received almost half of its funding from the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) after it committed £47m of equity to the 15MW project.

Majority of Brits believe all plastic bags should be biodegradable

The majority of Britons believe all plastic bags should be both recyclable and biodegradable, according to a new YouGov poll.

Overall plastic bag use in the UK has increased 2.4% from 2013-14

UK plastic bag use up again, but single-use charges cut Scottish consumption

Plastic bag use in the UK has increased for the fifth year running, with almost nine billion bags used collectively in 2014, according to data released today (24 July).

Tesla's utility scale Powerpack battery system

Tesla to bring utility-scale battery system to Ireland

Tesla has announced that the first of its utility-scale Powerpack battery systems will be deployed in Ireland next year, under a new deal with energy storage firm Gaelectric.

(Front row left to right): Kingspan's Louise Foody, Enterprise Minister Jonathan Bell and ESB director Paddy Hayes with three members of Ulster Rugby Club at the launch of Kingspan ESB

Northern Ireland set for solar revolution with new funding offer

The renewable energy industry in Northern Ireland has received a welcome boost this week with the launch of a new fully-funded solar solution which could save businesses up to £320m.

The 'Powerwall' system stores surplus energy from renewable sources and then releases it when necessary

Tesla's foray into energy storage could 'revolutionise energy system'

The news that Tesla is launching a battery energy storage pack is 'another nail in the coffin of conventional utilities', according to a professor of energy policy at the University of Exeter.

The emissions savings from local authorities' waste and recycling services improved markedly between 2012/13 and 2013/14

Carbon savings from recycling hit record levels

Council recycling services in England saved 4% more greenhouse gas emissions in 2013/14 than in 2012/13, thanks mainly to increased captures of metals and plastics.

The flywheel system will operate as a shock-absorber for the grid

New energy storage system to foster renewables growth in Europe

Europe will take a step closer towards a low-carbon power grid as Ireland starts work on a viable energy storage system in the coming weeks.

Melbourne's Rectangle Stadium features a rainwater collection system that saves up to 500,000 gallons of water every year

Greening the game: The world's most sustainable stadiums

Sports stadiums and pitches often require vast amounts of energy, water and raw materials to maintain them, with little prior thought given to sustainability. But the vast amounts of money involved in professional sport lends itself to exciting innovations, and the stadiums are no different.

The 4,800 module system will generate 1.1GW of electricity a year

Kingspan Energy unveils largest rooftop solar PV array in Ireland

Solar provider Kingspan Energy has installed Ireland's largest rooftop solar PV system on a manufacturing plant in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Helistrat has been working with Ann Summers since 2011

Ann Summers renews recycling contract with Helistrat

Lingerie and sex toy specialist Ann Summers has renewed its recycling and waste contract with Helistrat.

FCC Environment maps the politics of waste

Resource management firm FCC Environment unveils 'mapping the politics of waste' report

Recycling and resource management firm FCC Environment has launched an assessment of how the UK's political landscape might affect the waste and resource agenda over the next five years.

Any large-scale renewable electricity generator with a capacity larger than 5MW can apply for accreditation under RO.

Edie explains: Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs)

The Renewables Obligation (RO) is the main support system for renewable electricity projects across the country. In this week's 'edie explains,' we bring you everything you need to know about Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs).

CIWM president John Quinn

Resource Association to partner with CIWM and ESA for 2015 conference

Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) president John Quinn has announced that the Resource Association will be partnering with CIWM and the Environmental Services Association (ESA) to host its annual conference next year.

Lord Deben urges UK to work closely with other European countries to tackle environmental issues such as climate change

Committee on Climate Change chair urges UK-EU co-operation on environment

Former Environment Minister and Committee on Climate Change chair Lord Deben has said that the UK must work closely with its European neighbours to help protect the environment.

The resource management industry views the circular economy in a positive light

Resource management industry gives thumbs up to circular economy, new report finds

The resource management sector has embraced the circular economy and is positive about the financial and environmental opportunities it offers, according to a new report.

Sainsbury's  will stop rewarding shoppers with Nectar points for every bag they reuse from April next year.

Sainsbury's to stop Nectar points for bag reuse

Retail giant Sainsbury's has announced that it will stop rewarding shoppers with Nectar points for every bag they reuse from April next year, as part of wider changes to its loyalty programme.

The firm has made a host of new CSR commitments to help accelerate its sustainability strategy

Nestle steps up climate change leadership with new CSR commitments

Multinational food and beverage company Nestlé has teamed up with a number of organisations and made a host of new CSR commitments to help accelerate its sustainability strategy.

UK shoppers use an average of almost 11 plastic bags per month

Plastic bag usage on the up, WRAP data shows

The number of single-use plastic bags handed out to shoppers by UK supermarkets has risen for the fourth year running, according to new figures for WRAP.

It is estimated that more than 160,000 tonnes of flexible laminate packaging enters the UK marketplace each year

Tesco, Nestlé and Coca-Cola to test recycling options for 'challenging' materials

A consortium involving Tesco UK, Nestlé UK & Ireland and Coca-Cola Enterprises has won government funding to undertake research into cost-effective collection and reprocessing methods for hard-to-recycle packaging materials.

A shopper could be faced with having to pay for a bag in some stores but not in others, depending on which material was used

Plastic bag tax 'unnecessarily complicated', say MPs

The Government has ignored calls to include all retailers in the 5p plastic bag charge, despite numerous experts insisting it would reduce litter, slash carbon emissions and cut down on waste.

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Tesco reveals food waste figures as it targets hotspots for action

Tesco has revealed for the first time how much food it has wasted within its UK operations over the past year in a bid to be more transparent on the issue.

Hp ink catridges use recycled plastic from returned Hp cartridges and recycled  bottles

HP works towards closed loop model on ink cartridges with recycled plastic

Hewlett Packard (HP) has announced that it is working towards a closed loop model with 75% of all HP ink printer cartridges now being made using 100% recycled plastic.

Tesco will roll out the plastic packaging to prevent food waste by the end of the year

Tesco to swap cardboard egg boxes with plastic ones to 'prevent food waste'

Retail giant Tesco has announced that it will be scrapping cardboard egg boxes in favour of plastic ones in a bid to prevent more than a million eggs a year being wasted.

Halfords launches recycling initiative to help charity

Unwanted bicycles will be donated to several countries in Africa under a new initiative launched by Halfords.

Defra calls for evidence on RDF market

Defra has issued a call for evidence on the refuse derived fuel (RDF) market in England in order to "fill the gaps" in its evidence base.

The NI Assembly Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment's review on energy security suggests that if any large generating plant were to have a prolonged fault after 2015, there would not be enough electricity generated to cope with demand

Northern Ireland at real risk of 'lights out' says Committee

Northern Ireland (NI) may be at risk of an electricity shortage and could potentially experience a 'lights out' scenario by 2015 if supply is not secured, according to a Committee review.

A year in waste: how did the UK measure up?

Liz Gyekye presents the 2013 waste industry highlights across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and offers a sneak preview of what's in store for 2014

Developers will need to provide assurances about reservoir safety before planning permission is granted under the NIE's proposals

Proposals for Northern Ireland flood risk policy announced

Flood risk assessments will need to be submitted by developers in Northern Ireland if new initiatives by the Northern Ireland Executive (NIE) to reduce the risk of future flooding are approved.

Irish Government to spend €13m on community energy projects

The Irish Government will spend €13m (£10.8m) on more than 80 community energy projects by the end of the year, Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte announced today.

Latest sponsor adds support to Sustainability Leaders Awards 2013

edie and Sustainable Business magazine are delighted to welcome Air Products on board as a 2013 Sustainability Leaders Awards sponsor.

David Cameron leans towards plastic-bag charging scheme

The Prime Minister David Cameron has implied that shoppers could soon be charged for plastic bags in an attempt to reduce their use.

A rainwater harvesting system provides water for the 300 goats at Broughgammon's farm

Irish goat farm achieves 'water champion' status

Family-run Broughgammon Farm in Ballycastle has become the second farm to receive the Consumer Council's 'Water Champion's' Award for reducing usage and saving money through the implementation of efficiency measures.

The retail giant has committed to generating as much energy as it uses by 2020

IKEA mitigates energy costs and carbon footprint with Irish acquisition

As part of plans to invest £1.5bn in renewable energy projects before 2015, IKEA has agreed the purchase of an Irish wind farm - it's first in the country.

Fishing net recovery trials show potential for closing the loop

A pilot project to manufacture products from recycled fishing nets has been deemed a success out in Ireland and could pave the way for a commercially viable closed loop process.

UK playing 'risky' game with heavy reliance on RDF/SRF exports

Future market volatility around refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and solid recovered fuel (SRF) could put the UK's renewable energy strategy at risk, new research has warned.

Electronic waste transfer system gets overwhelming sector backing

Almost three quarters of large waste operators have shown their support for a new online system for recording waste transfers.

Energy efficiency projects in Ireland will save €7m a year says Gov

The government-backed Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced it will support 22 energy efficiency projects to deliver up to €7m (£5.9m) of annual energy savings and support more than 500 jobs.

G8 leaders in Northern Ireland

G8 summit agenda incites anger from green groups

This week's G8 summit will not involve discussions on climate change but will focus on the economy with talks on trade, tax compliance and transparency.

John Gilliland, Resourceful Organics Ltd (left) and Bill Gowdy, NI Water's director of engineering procurement sign the agreement to trial the new willows technology

NI Water use willow trees for 'environmentally acceptable' filtration

NI Water is to trial the use of willows as a natural vegetative filter to clean wastewater from its site in Dungannon.

Mourne Heritage Trust's Jo Whatmough  and NI Water project manager Kieran Grant with one of the new bird boxes which will be installed in the rock armour around Newcastle WwTW

NI Water boosts sustainability credentials with green roof

NI Water has introduced a planting programme to 'green up' the roof of its new £8m extension to its wastewater treatment works at Newcastle harbour.

Ireland set to fall short of EU 2020 emissions target

Ireland is at significant risk of not meeting its EU 2020 targets even under the best-case scenario, according to figures released by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today.

Pressure mounts for plastics landfill ban as NI joins bag tax brigade

Northern Ireland has become the latest region within the British Isles to introduce a levy on disposable carrier bags as the European Commission draws up plans to clamp down on their use.

SMEs to get help understanding 'complicated' environmental legislation

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) have launched a new website to help small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) understand their environmental responsibilities and encourage good environmental practice.

Ireland has seen a decline of water sites that are in pristine condition in the period 1987-2008

Ireland sets protection measures for threatened 'pristine' water sites

Ireland has seen a dramatic loss of waterbodies in pristine condition due to relatively low intensity activities, such as field drainage, and pollution, according to a new report.

Ireland at risk of failing on waste targets due to landfill reliance

Municipal waste arisings continue to fall in Ireland despite the majority of it still being sent to landfill, latest figures show.

Ecotricity 'deepens' link between renewable energy and nature with RSPB partnership

Britain's first green energy company, Ecotricity, will work with conservation charity RSPB to help protect wildlife when developing renewable energy projects.

UK increases municipal waste recycling by 27% in almost a decade

The UK increased the share of municipal waste recycling from 12% to 39% between 2001 and 2010, according to a new report.

Ireland saving millions with energy efficiency retrofitting

Ireland is reaping the benefits of an energy efficiency retrofit programme, making €35m worth of energy savings in 2012.

By 2016 it will be illegal to dispose of food waste in black bags

Separate food waste collections to be enforced across Ireland

Households across Ireland will be required by 2016 to segregate their food waste, as the country looks to fall in line with European directives.

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Stella Artois and Beck's brewer demonstrates environmental credentials

The brewer of beers such as Stella Artois, Beck's and Budweiser has achieved its three year global environmental goals on water, energy, carbon emissions and recycling.

One of the wind turbines at Michelin's Ballymena factory

Michelin cuts Irish energy bill with Ecotricity wind park

Michelin is expected to save 4,146 tonnes of CO2 per year and cut its energy bills with two new wind turbines at its factory in Ballymena, Ireland.

EPA highlights risks of defunct water systems

The Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published a plan which outlines how septic tanks and waste water treatment systems will be inspected in coming years.

£100m Northern Ireland Water contract up for grabs

NI Water is offering a £100m water and sewerage networks service contract to bidders, following an information day on Thursday 28 February 2013.

Wind turbines in the Welsh hills near Llandinam

Welsh Government calls for decision-making power over profitable wind sector

A total of £2.3bn Gross Value Added (GVA) could be made and 2000 jobs could be created in Wales, if the Welsh Government's ambitions for onshore wind investment are met.

UK set to buy renewable energy from Ireland

Ireland has taken a step closer to exporting renewable energy to the UK after the two governments signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) yesterday.

European Investment Bank provides €200m for Irish water infrastructure

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide €200m (£168m) to support 23 water investment projects in Ireland, it was announced today.

(L-R) Society for the Environment chief executive Alex Galloway and newly appointed president  Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper appointed first president of Society for the Environment

Prominent environmental campaigner Tony Juniper has been appointed as the first President of the Society for the Environment, the organisation has announced.

NI kerbside trials look to maximise recycling rates

Councils in Northern Ireland are exploring new ways to drive up household recycling rates in a cost-effective manner through kerbside pilots.

Apple and Google expand renewable energy use

Technology giants Apple and Google have both announced investments in renewable energy projects, focusing largely on wind energy.

(L-R): Peter Ferguson, NI Water Project Manager for the Wastewater Pumping Stations Upgrade Project; Adrian Shaw, Managing Director of Shaw Automation and Duncan McAllister, Project Manager with Graham

NI Water invests in £2m upgrade programme

NI Water has earmarked £2m for a project to upgrade a number of wastewater pumping stations and deliver environmental improvements across Northern Ireland.

A Devonshire biosphere at Braunton Burrows

Public to play part in environmental policy making

An €8.5m (£6.9m) project, which aims to empower the public to collect and contribute environmental data for use in policy formation and governance, is now underway.

Ireland draft Climate Change Bill due early 2013

Ireland's long-awaited draft Climate Change Bill is at "an advanced stage" and set to be published in the first quarter of this year, following a series of delays.

Left to right: Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy MLA, John Friel, Regional Chairman, FSB; Dr Paul Stewart, NIAUR, Kirsty McManus, Regional Director CBI, Kathy Graham, Head of Water at the Consumer Council and NI Water Chief Executive Trevor Haslett

NI businesses urged to take water efficiency seriously

Steps are being taken to increase the awareness among the business community of measures to make workplaces more water efficient.

Ireland's energy use per household has fallen 16% since 2007

Renewable energy saves Ireland €300m in fossil fuel imports

Almost one fifth of Irish electricity usage now comes from renewable sources, according to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

UPS joins emissions reduction scheme

Global logistics leader UPS has joined an industry-led, voluntary scheme to measure and ultimately reduce carbon dioxide emissions from lorries and vans.

NI businesses urged to prepare water pipes for cold snap

A campaign aims to encourage householders and businesses to ensure their water systems are in a fit state to withstand the threat of burst pipes during the winter.

Restaurants looking for help to cut food waste

Irish restaurants throw away €125m worth of food every year and as a sector is looking for assistance to reduce this cost, according to a report.

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