Category «Energy, Waste and Transport»

Towards a Sustainable Irish Energy System

by James O’Donovan   This is the first of four articles exploring how Ireland can transition to a sustainable energy system based on renewable energy sources.  This first article outlines the principles that would support a sustainable energy system.  The second article will explore if Ireland can meet its energy needs solely from indigenous renewable …

What Happens to our Waste?

Bronwyn Slater looks at what happens to all our trash, and then outlines some of the  measures we can take to reduce or eliminate it.   Where does our waste go? Landfill: Each person in Europe currently produces about half a ton of household waste per year. Only 40% of this is reused or recycled …

How to Reduce your Household Waste

by Bronwyn Slater   Food: Buy fruit and vegetables loose from your local farmers market, or sign up for a Veg Box scheme. Buy in bulk. Buy large packets of non perishables instead of small individual packs. Eat a healthy, wholefood, plant-based diet. Prepare and cook your own food. Avoid buying takeaway and ready-meals. Compost …

Energy Conservation

James O’Donovan looks at ways we could reduce our energy consumption at home, at work and in our lifestyle   The Irish per capita energy use in kiloWatt hours per person per day (kWh/p/d) comes to: 34 (electricity) + 26 (transport) + 30 (heating) + 4 (flights) = 94 kWh/p/d (This excludes the energy embedded …