Paving and building products firm, AG, has reinforced its position as a market leader in sustainable construction by switching to bio LPG energy resulting in a carbon saving of 70% – equal to a person driving around the world three times.
John Sisk & Son’s new cohort of carpentry and joinery apprentices has completed one of Sisk’s first tree planting exercises as part of its commitment to planting 1.7 million native woodland trees over the next nine years. Sisk’s new group of apprentices got stuck in to help plant the trees near Manor Kilbride in Co Wicklow.
Since it first started operations in 2008, Ecoplant has been Ireland’s only dedicated battery- and electric-powered plant hire company. It is committed to meeting all of its customers’ requirements for green, clean, zero-emission, compact and low-noise machines.
Michael Slevin, Director, KSN, writes about how the government’s plans to reduce Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions by 51% by 2030 will affect the construction sector and what measures can be taken to reduce emissions and improve the energy efficiency of our existing building stock.
Mercury has announced that it has renewed its pledge to set carbon-reduction targets based on climate science under the Low Carbon Pledge programme, which is overseen by Business in the Community Ireland (BITCI). They are one of a group of 60 of Ireland’s largest companies to vow to reduce its carbon footprint significantly.
Sinéad Hickey, John Sisk & Son’s Head of Sustainability for Ireland and Europe, speaks with Barry McCall about the contractor’s ambitious sustainability plan.
Green cement company Ecocem has announced the completion of a €22.5m equity investment by Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV) and Breakthrough Energy Ventures-Europe (BEV-E). BEV will also nominate a director to the Ecocem’s board of directors.
The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) has developed and published a new National Standard Recommendation for the design and installation of heat pumps in homes.
“Realignment of Planning Legislation urgently required to deliver for climate action” – Irish Planning Institute
Following the publication of the new Climate Actions and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill by the government, Dr Conor Norton, President, Irish Planning Institute (IPI), highlighted the need for a rapid realignment of planning legislation, policy and plans.
According to the research,
• 54% of architecture, engineering, construction firms in the UK and Ireland are investing in recruitment and training as part of their sustainability objectives
• Improved workflows, regulatory compliance, and technology among key focus areas of investment
• The most important driver for embracing sustainability is customer retention (86%)
• Lack of financial resources and access to skills and training are cited as main barriers to sustainability.