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Exploiting Ireland's natural resources for maximum benefit

  Some 50 per cent of the world’s energy needs are met by oil and gas. Despite the significant investments in renewable energies being undertaken by both the public and private sectors, oil and gas are forecast to continue to play a significant role in both the global and domestic energy mix in the coming decades. In 2011, the global traded value of fuels was approximately three trillion US dollars. A share, even a small share, of this trade has the potential to have significant economic ...

Software sensors aim to improve early flood-warning systems

  More than two thirds of European cities are regularly confronted with climate change-induced disasters. Early warning systems (EWS) play a crucial role in mitigating the effects of such disasters by detecting conditions that forecast the onset of a catastrophe and to compute its impact. EWSs provide alarming, decision support and information services to governments, companies and the general public. UrbanFlood is a European project investigating the use of sensors within flood ...

On your bike: the draft Dublin cycle network plan is unveiled

The draft Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network Plan, which was launched on 4 September, is the culmination of over a year's work by the National Transport Authority (NTA) and AECOM-Roughan & O'Donovan (ROD) Alliance consultants. It sets out a vision and a strategy for the construction and designation of a comprehensive network of cycling routes throughout the greater Dublin area in counties Dublin, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow. At a presentation last Wednesday in Engineers Ireland HQ, ...

Fats, oils and grease - an opportunity going down the drain?

  Author: Sam Crowley BEng, MEngSc, MIEI, Crowley Services Ltd The fats, oils and grease (FOG) issue has received increasing publicity in recent years. Most recently, a 15 tonne wedge of solidified FOG was removed from a foul sewer at Kingston upon Thames, London in July. The appropriately named ‘fatberg’ incident received significant coverage in the Irish media and was a familiar story for Irish local authority water services staff, who battle the problem in our sewer systems ...

Fluorinated greenhouse gases – review of the European regulation

  Author: Jean Clarke, Environment Inspectorate, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government Regulation 842 of 2006 – or, as it is commonly known, the F Gas Regulation – was published in 2006, although the majority of its provisions did not come into force until 2007. The objective of the Regulation was to contain, prevent and thereby reduce emissions of the fluorinated greenhouse gases (F gases) covered by the Kyoto Protocol. F gases are defined in the Regulation to mean ...

Energy focus must switch to residential and commercial

  Source: 'Achieving Ireland’s Energy and CO2 Reduction Targets – An Alternative Approach', a policy advisory issued by the Irish Academy of Engineers Much has been written and said about Ireland’s ambitious commitments under the European Commission’s Energy and Climate Package. There has been a pioneering Irish focus on investment in renewable energy, particularly in wind generation, and in the associated upgrading of the electricity transmission network. Significant progress has ...
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