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1. General Environmental Matters
    4 Aighneacht Chomhar ar Mhaoiniú Rialtais Áitiúil
    4 Comhar Submission on Local Government Financing
    5 EU Handbook on Environmental Public Procurement
    6 EPA launches new web-based resources for primary schools
    6 ENFO Exhibitions
2. Water Quality
    8 Cruinniú Oibritheoirí na mBratach Gorm
    8 Blue Flag Operators Meeting
3. Air Quality, Energy and Nuclear Safety Matters
     9 Treoir maidir le Torann Comhshaoil
     9 Environmental Noise Directive
     10 Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Verification
     11 Flourinated Greenhouse Gases
     11 Coal Ban:Temporary Moratorium on Petcoke
4. Planning
    12 Bailte Slachtmhara 2004
    12 Tidy Towns 2004
    13 Comharsanachtaí Cathrach 2004
    13 City Neighbourhoods 2004
5. Natural and Built Heritage
    14 Ardán Náisiúnta do Thaighde Bithéagsúlacht
    14 National Platform for Biodiversity Research
    15 Earthen Banks and Broken Walls Exhibition
6. Waste Management
    16 Voluntary Construction Industry Initiative on Recycling Waste
    16 Public Consultation on the Proposed New Environmental levies
    17 European Conference on Local Authority Actions
    18 Líne Eolais Lo-Call do Race Against Waste
    18 Lo-Call Information Line for Race Against Waste
7. EU & International Environmental Matters
    19 October Environment Council
Calendar of Events
Recent Publications
Aighneacht Chomhar ar Mhaoiniú Rialtais Áitiúil

An 17 Feabhra, 2004, cheap an tUasal Martin Cullen,T.D.,An tAire Comhshaoil, Oidhreachta agus Rialtais
Áitiúil, comhchomhairleoirí neamhspleácha chun athbhreithniú mór a dhéanamh ar mhaoiniú rialtais áitiúil
in Éirinn.An 30 Meán Fómhair, 2004 chuir Comhar moltaí chuig an Roinn Comhshaoil, Oidhreachta agus
Rialtais Áitiúil maidir le tabhairt isteach:
      • tobhaigh forbartha
      • tobhaigh criosaithe
      • cánacha cliste nó dé-rátáil tráchtála
      • cáin luach suímh ar mhaoin phoiblí agus ar mhaoin charthanachta
      • cáin luach talún ar an dara teach
      • cáin luach talamh feirme
      • cáin luach talún ar gach teach cónaithe
      • muirir ar úsáid uisce agus dramhaíola, agus
      • Athchóirithe Chuid V den Acht um Phleanáil

Tá an aighneacht le fáil ag Cé go dtugann Comhar ar aird go ndíreoidh an t-
athbhreithniú reatha ar an maoiniú reatha seachas ar mhaoiniú caipitil rialtais áitiúil, díríonn an chuid is mó
de mholtaí Chomhar ar chur leis an mbonn ioncaim do rialtas áitiúil trí chánachas ar acmhainní nádúrtha,
go háirithe talamh, agus dá réir breithníonn Comhar gur chóir aghaidh a thabhairt ar an gcomhthéacs níos

Tuilleadh Eolais: Marie Hughes, Rúnaíocht Comhar, 17 Sráid San Aindrias, Baile Átha Cliath 2,
teil: 01.888 3992, faics: 01.888 3999, ríomhphost:

Comhar Submission on Local Government Financing
On 17 February, 2004, Mr. Martin Cullen,T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
government appointed independent consultants to carry out a major review of local government financing
in Ireland. On 30 September, 2004, Comhar submitted recommendations to the Department of the
Environment, Heritage and Local Government on the introduction of:
      • development levies
      • zoning levies
      • smart taxes or dual commercial rating
      • site value tax on public and charitable property
      • second home land value tax
      • farm land value tax
      • land value tax on all residential dwellings
      • user charges for water and waste, and
      • part V Planning Act Reforms.
The submission can be accessed on While Comhar notes that the current review will
focus on the current rather than the capital financing of local government, the main thrust of Comhar‟s
recommendations focus on extending the revenue base for local government through taxation on natural
resources, in particular land, and therefore Comhar considers the wider context must be addressed.

Further Information: Marie Hughes, Comhar Secretariat, 17 St.Andrew Street, Dublin 23
tel: 01.888 3992 fax: 01.888 3999, e-mail:

EU Handbook on Environmental Public Procurement
On 29 October, 2004, the European commission launched a Handbook on Environmental Public
Procurement, which aims at helping public authorities launch a green purchasing policy successfully. It
explains the possibilities offered by European Community law in a practical way, and looks at simple and
effective solutions that can be used in public procurement procedures. The handbook clarifies EU policy,
which now distinguishes between a product‟s Production Processes and Methods (PPMs) that change the
nature and value of the product, e.g., green electricity, organic food or rare timber, and which are
acceptable, and PPMs which are unrelated to the product, e.g., the requirement that, say, furniture
manufacturers should use recycled paper in their offices, which are not acceptable. The handbook follows
the logic and structure of a procurement procedure. It also gives many practical examples of green
purchasing by public authorities across the EU. It was produced chiefly for public authorities, but it should
also help suppliers, service providers and contractors - particularly the smaller companies - to understand
and meet the environmental purchasing requirements imposed on them.

The handbook is broken down into 6 chapters, each of which addresses Green Public Procurement as a
step-by-step process, as follows:

     • Chapter 1, Devising a Green Purchasing Strategy: illustrating
       how to consider which products, services or works are the most
       suitable on the basis both of their environmental impact and of
       other factors, like the information you have, market availability,
       the technologies available, costs and visibility

     • Chapter 2, Organising Public Procurement: dealing with
       identification of needs and how to express them appropriately

     • Chapter 3, Defining The Requirements Of The Contract:
       detailing how to draw up clear and precise technical
       specifications, and using environmental factors where possible
       (pass/fail conditions)

     • Chapter 4, Selecting Suppliers, Service Providers or Contractors:
       outlining the establishment of selection criteria on the basis of
       the exhaustive list of criteria mentioned in the public
       procurement directives, including the use of environmental
       management schemes and declarations to prove compliance with
       the criteria

     • Chapter 5,Awarding The Contract: outlining the establishment of
       award criteria, and the use of the
     “economically most advantageous tender” criterion to compare
       green offers with each other, or as a way of introducing an
       environmental element and giving it a certain weighting, and
     • Chapter 6, Contract Performance Clauses: advising on the use of
       contract performance clauses as a way of setting relevant extra
       environmental conditions in addition to the green contract.

The launch was made at a day-long seminar at which speakers from the Commission and several Member
States made presentation in relation to Green Public Procurement (GPP). In addition, there were a number
of invited experts who formed a panel in the morning and the afternoon for interactive discussions.
The publication of the handbook comes in response to moves within the international policy agenda to
improve sustainable development in decision-making and to assist in fulfilling commitments that economic
growth, social cohesion and environmental protection must go hand-in-hand.

The handbook is available on the Green Public Procurement page of the Commission website, which
contains further practical information, useful links and contact information for contracting authorities who
want to make their purchases greener (

Further information:
Fergus Doyle, Environmental Awareness Section
tel: 01-888 2304 fax: 01-888 2014

EPA launches new web-based resources for primary schools
On 4 November, 2004, Mr. Dick Roche,T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
Government launched The Environmental Protection Agency‟s new environmental resources for primary
schools.The new resources have been developed around a range of environmental care topics and the
primary curriculum. At the launch, children‟s artist Don Conroy engaged pupils from three schools in
drawing activities based on the resources. The visually appealing resources are designed to be easily
downloaded and then printed. They are closely linked to the curriculum especially SESE (Social,
Environmental and Scientific Education), but also maths, SPHE (Social, Personal & Health Education),
drama and language and provide complete support to the teacher, have clear objectives, and are
based on locally relevant topics and data.The intended audience is 8 - 12 year olds, but younger children
may find a lot of the activities of interest too.
The material divides into five different packs:
       • Waste Pack
       • Natural Resources Pack
       • Impacts and Pollution Pack
       • Nature pack, and
       • Environmental Care Pack

Each of the five packs are available in both English and Irish. Each pack contains teacher‟s notes and
practical class exercises. Each activity states upfront what the topic is, how it links to the curriculum, how
long it will take and what materials, if any are required. The aim is to encourage students to develop an
awareness of the environment around them through meaningful and enjoyable activities that employ
practical skills such as communicating, questioning, observing and role play.

The resources also include “Green Tips” for the students and an environmental “Catulator”, a new
computer program where children can calculate their impact on the environment in a fun way. The packs
were developed by the EPA, in association with consultants Motherway Begley and throughout the process
advice was sought from teachers about their priorities and what would help them most. Key messages from
teachers have been incorporated into the packs.The EPA is very grateful to the INTO, ECO and Sherkin
Island Marine Station for allowing the inclusion of some of their resource materials on the website. The
EPA primary school resources can be found on the education section of the EPA website at

Further information:
Niamh Leahy, Media Relations Office
EPA Headquarters, PO Box 3000
Johnstown Castle Estate, Co.Wexford
tel: 053.707 70 (24 hours) fax:053.606 99
ENFO Exhibitions
Since its establishment in 1990, ENFO has hosted a wide range of exhibitions on its premises supporting its
mission to raise environmental awareness.These exhibitions are then made available for loan free of charge
to centres such as local authority offices, libraries and educational institutions.
Exhibitions available include:
      • Wildlife
      • The Wealth of Whales and Dolphins in Irish Waters, and
      • Give a Hoot about Wildlife Conservation
      • Walls to Wildflowers, and
      • Practical Woodland Ecology Sustainability
      • Roghanna le hAghaidh Mhaireachtail Inmharthana, and
      • Ecological Footprints- „How Big are our Boots?‟
An important new exhibition this year is The Environment of the New Member States created by ENFO to
celebrate the accession of the ten new member states to the European Union.This exhibition draws together
a selection of information supplied by the environment ministries of new and existing member states with
links via the European- Green Spider Network. Key environmental indicators are highlighted for each
country, and the rich flora and fauna of the expanded EU is strongly featured.

In co-operation with Birdwatch Ireland, ENFO have recently launched a new exhibition, “Garden Bird
Detectives - Discover Birds on Your Doorstep”, and two new bird identification posters to raise awareness
of the importance of our familiar garden birds. In recent years populations of many species of birds have
declined. The exhibition and posters illustrate the fascinating natural history and beauty of birds such as the
blackbird, thrush and the wren.The exhibition was complemented by:

     • 85 workshops for primary schools
     • a display of mounted bird specimens on loan from the Natural History Museum
     • a miniature wildlife-friendly garden constructed by Birdwatch Ireland, and
     • advice on practical steps to help such birds thrive

Particularly important at this time of year is supplementing the diet of wild birds by feeding them cereals,
nuts, fat and bread. Ireland is also host to large populations of continental songbirds that seek refuge here
during harsh winters. As early as February, birds will be collecting nesting materials. Suitable nesting sites
are often scarce due to the lack of trees, especially mature trees with hollows and holes in deadwood.An
important contribution to their survival is the erection of nest boxes.

Further information on the various sizes and types of nest boxes for each species can be obtained from
Birdwatch Ireland, tel: 01. 281 9878 or The full list and brief description of each
exhibition which can be booked online is available on

Further information:
Brendan Keenan,
ENFO - the Environmental Information Service
17 St.Andrew Street, Dublin 2
tel: 01. 888 3910
Cruinniú Oibritheoirí na mBratach Gorm
An 8-9 Deireadh Fómhair, 2004, bhuail Oibritheoirí Náisiúnta chlár Idirnáisúnta na mBratach Gorm do
Thránna agus do Mhuirínte le chéile i Mullach Íde, Baile Átha Cliath. Ba é an chúis a bhí leis an gcruinniú
ná tuairimí a mhalartú agus an bealach chun cinn a leagan amach ar an rud a mheastar a bheith an
“éicilipéad” is fearr ar éirigh leis san Eoraip. Is clár den Fhondúireacht um Oideachas Comhshaoil (FEE) é
an gradam agus is é An Taisce a bhíonn i mbun an ghradaim in Éirinn. Áirítear ar na critéir do ghradam na
mBratach Gorm, a chinneann FEE:
         • ardchaighdeán uisce,
         • saoráidí do chuairteoirí
         • bainistiú trá (lena n-áirítear rialú bruscair), agus
         • faisnéis comhshaoil agus saoráidí taispeántais.
Reáchtáil An Taisce an t-imeacht le tacaíocht airgeadais ón Roinn Comhshaoil, Oidhreachta agus Rialtais
itiúil agus d‟fhreastal 55 toscaire a bhí ag déanamh ionadaíochta ar oibritheoirí na mBratach Gorm i 33 tír
air. Phléigh oibritheoirí Náisiúnta saincheisteanna, fadhbanna agus réitigh don Bhratach Gorm chomh
maith le hathruithe a d‟fhéadfaí a chur ar chritéir sa todhchaí. Cuireadh béim ar oideachas comhshaoil
freisin agus rinne Portó Ríce,An Chróit,An Danmhairg agus Maracó cur i láthair agus sholáthar siad
samplaí iontacha de ghníomhaíochtaí a bhféadfaí aithris a dhéanamh orthu I dtíortha eile. Leanann an
Bhratach Gorm a bheith mar tháscaire iontach d‟ardchaighdeán tránna agus muirínte agus bíonn sí ar
foluaini dtíortha agus in áiteanna eile seachas an Eoraip amháin ar nós An Afraic Theas, Ceanada, Maracó
agus an Mhuir Chairib. Is iad an tSile agus an Nua-Shéalainn an dá thír is déanaí a tháinig isteach, agus tá
scéimeanna píolótacha i bhfeidhm san Astráil agus i Meiriceá Thuaidh freisin.

Tuilleadh Eolais: láithreán gréasáin: Oonagh Duggan, Bainisteoir na
mBratach Gorm,An Taisce,
Halla Tailors, An Lána Cúil, Baile Átha Cliath 8. teil: 01. 707 7068, faics: 01. 454 1802 ríomhphost:

Blue Flag Operators Meeting
On 8-9 October, 2004, National Operators of the International Blue Flag programme for Beaches and
Marinas met in Malahide, Dublin.The purpose of the meeting was to exchange ideas and chart the way
forward for what is considered to be the most successful “eco-label” to come out of Europe.The award is a
programme of The Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and is operated in Ireland by An
Taisce.The criteria for the award of Blue Flags, which are determined by FEE, include:
        • water quality
        • facilities for visitors
        • beach management (including litter control), and
        • environmental information and display facilities.

The event was hosted by An Taisce with financial support from the Department of the Environment,
Heritage and Local Government and was attended by 55 delegates representing Blue Flag operators in 33
countries. National operators discuss Blue Flag issues, problems and solutions, and possible future criteria
changes. Environmental education was also emphasized and presentations were given by Puerto Rico,
Croatia, Denmark, and Morocco providing excellent examples of activities that could be replicated in other
countries.The Blue Flag continues to be an excellent indicator of the quality of beaches and marinas and
flies in countries and places beyond Europe such as South Africa, Canada, Morocco and the Caribbean.
Chile and New Zealand are the latest countries to join, while pilot schemes are in operation in Australia and
North America.
Further Information: website: Oonagh Duggan, Blue Flag Manager,An
Taisce,Tailors Hall, Back Lane,
National Operators of the International Blue Flag programme for Beaches
and Marinas in Malahide, Dublin.

Treoir maidir le Torann Comhshaoil
Is dlúthchuid de pholasaí AE chun ardleibhéal sláinte agus cosaint comhshaoil a bhaint amach do gach
saoránach é an Treoir 2002/49/AE ó Pharlaimint na hEorpa agus ón gComhairle an 25 Meitheamh, 2002 i
ndáil le measúnú agus bainistiú ar thorann comhshaoil, agus a foilsíodh an 18 Iúil, 2002. Measann an AE
gur fadhb chomhshaoil shuntasach é torann agus gur fadhb í atá ag dul i méid. Is é an aidhm atá leis an
Treoir ná cur chuige comónta maidir le truailliú torainn a shainmhíniú ar fud an AE ionas go seachnófar, go
gcoscfar agus go laghdófar
ar bhonn tosaíochta na drochthionchair a bhaineann le nochtadh ar thorann comhshaoil trí:

        • nochtadh ar thorann comhshaoil trí mhapáil torainn a shonrú
        • a chinntiú go mbeidh rochtain ag an bpobal ar fhaisnéis maidir le torann comhshaoil, agus
        • phleananna gnímh bunaithe ar thorthaí ó mhapáil torainn a chur le chéile agus a ghlacadh le súil
        agus cur

chuige a shainmhíniú chun torann comhshaoil a chosc agus a laghdú nuair is cuí. Ceann de na príomhuirlisí
chun cur chuige comónta ar thorann comhshaoil a sholáthar is ea trí mheasúnú comónta ar nochtadh.
Bainfear é sin amach trí mhapaí torainn straitéiseacha a dhéanamh a éilíonn an Treoir sa chéad chuid do:
         • gach lonnaíocht le níos mó ná 250,000 áitritheoir
         • bóithre móra le níos mó ná 6 mhilliún feithicil gach bliain
         • iarnróid le os cionn 60,000 traen sa bhliain, agus
         • aerfoirt mhóra le os cionn 50,000 gluaiseacht (éirí nó tuirlingt) sa bhliain faoi Mheitheamh 2007
         Laghdóidh an dara cuid, a mbeidh éifeacht aici ó Meitheamh 2012, na tairseacha
         • lonnaíocht de 100,000 áitritheoir
         • bóithre móra le 3 mhilliún feithicil gach bliain, agus
         • iarnróid mhóra le 30,000 milliún traen gach bliain.

Éilíonn an Treoir freisin go mbeidh pleananna gnímh dréachtaithe agus leagtha amach chun aghaidh a
thabhairt ar shaincheisteanna agus ar iarmhairtí torainn a bheidh aitheanta ag an bpróiseas mapála torainn,
ag tráth nach déanaí ná Iúil 2008don chéad chuid agus 2013 don dara cuid. Éilíonn an Treoir go mbeadh ról
iomlán comhairliúcháin agus rannpháirtíochta ag anbpobal agus na pleananna gnímh á ndréachtú agus go
dtabharfaí breithniú iomlán dá n-ionchur. Caithfear mapaí torainn agus pleananna gnímh straitéiseacha a
athbhreithniú uair amháin ar a laghad gach cúig bliana. Tá rialacháin á n-ullmhú ag oifigigh na Roinne faoi
láthair chun dlí a dhéanamh de Threoir 2002/49/AE in Éirinn igcomhairliúchán leis na húdaráis áitiúla cuí,
an Ghníomhaireacht um Chaomhnú Comhshaoil agus an Roinn Iompair aguscomhlachtaí faoina cúram. Tá
taithí agus saineolas, mar shampla, ag Comhairle Cathrach Bhaile Átha Cliath cheana féin i ndáil le mapáil
torainn straitéiseach.

Tuilleadh Eolais:
Eddie Forsyth,An Rannóg Aeir / Aeráide
teil: 01. 888 2472 faics: 01. 888 2014

Environmental Noise Directive
Directive 2002/49/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 25 June, 2002, relating to the assessment
and management of environmental noise, published on 18 July, 2002 is an integral part of EU policy to
achieve a high level of health and environmental protection for all citizens.
Noise is considered by the EU to be a significant and growing environmental problem. The aim of the
Directive is to define a common approach to noise pollution across the EU so as to avoid, prevent or reduce
on a prioritised basis the harmful effects of exposure to environmental noise by:

        • determining the exposure to environmental noise through noise-mapping
        • ensuring that the public has ready access to information on environmental noise, and
        • the formulation and adoption of action plans based on noise-mapping results with a view to
        defining an
        approach to preventing and reducing environmental noise where necessary.

One of the main tools for providing a common approach to environmental noise is through the common
assessment of exposure.This is achieved by making strategic noise maps required by the Directive in a first
tranche for:

        • all agglomerations with more than 250,000 inhabitants
        • major roads with 6 million vehicle passages a year
        • railways with more than 60,000 train passages per year, and
        • major airports with more than 50,000 movements (take-offs or landings) per year by June 2007.

A second tranche, taking effect from June 2012, lowers the thresholds to:
        • agglomerations of 100,000 inhabitants
        • major roads with 3 million vehicle passages a year, and
        • major railways with 30,000 train passages a year

The Directive also requires action plans be drawn up designed to address noise issues and effects identified
by the noisemapping process, no later than July 2008 for the first tranche and 2013 for the second
tranche.The Directive requires that the public be given a full consultative and participative role in the
drawing up of the action plans, and their input be given full consideration. Strategic noise maps and action
plans are required to be reviewed at least every five years. Department officials are currently preparing
regulations to transpose Directive 2002/49/EC into Irish law in consultation with relevant local authorities,
the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Transport and bodies under its aegis. Dublin
City Council, for example, already has considerable experience and expertise to date in the area of strategic
noise mapping.

Further information:
Eddie Forsyth, Air/Climate Section
tel: 01. 888 2472 fax: 01. 888 2014

Greenhouse Gas Accounting and Verification
Climate change has been identified as one of the greatest challenges facing governments, business and
citizens in the coming decades.The implications of climate change could lead to significant changes in
resource use as well as production and economic activity. In response, international, national and local
initiatives are being developed and implemented to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the
Earth's atmosphere. Many of these initiatives rely on the quantification, monitoring, reporting and
verification of GHG emissions.

In mid-2002, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) having identified a need to standardise aspects
of GHG accounting and verification established Working Group 5 on Climate Change to draw up a
greenhouse gas accounting and verification standard.

The greenhouse gas accounting and verification standard (ISO 14064) under development comprises three
         • specification for the quantification, monitoring and reporting of organisation emissions and
         • specification for the quantification, monitoring and reporting of project emission reductions
         and removal enhancements, and
          • specification and guidance for validation and verification ISO 14064 is expected to benefit
          organisations by providing clarity and consistency for quantifying, monitoring, reporting and
          validating or verifying greenhouse gas inventories. Specifically, the standard will enhance the
          integrity of greenhouse gas quantification and the ability to track performance and progress in
          the reduction of GHG emissions and /or increase in GHG removals. It will facilitate the crediting
          and trade of GHG emission reductions as well as identifying any GHG risks or liabilities.

ISO is aware that ISO 14064 does not represent a total solution to GHG accounting and verification, but it
is confident that the standard will provide an important “building block” for organisations in voluntary or
regulatory initiatives as well as administrators responsible for designing and implementing GHG emission
schemes or programmes.The new standard, is likely to be published in late 2005 or early 2006.

Further information:
Dr. Patrick Hayes, Standards Development Department,
NSAI,The Granary, Michael Street, Limerick
tel: 061. 411 872 fax: 061. 411 874

Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases
Fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) are the most potent of all greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto
Protocol.The most common F-gases are hydroflurocarbons (HFC‟s), perfluorocarbons (PFC‟s) and sulphur
hexafluoride (SF6) and their applications includes fridges and air-conditioning systems including air
onditioning systems in motor vehicles (passenger cars and light commercial vehicles). The Environment
Council of 14 October 2004 reached political agreement on both a draft Regulation on certain fluorinated
greenhouse gases and a draft Directive on emissions from air conditioning systems in motor vehicles,
amending Directive 70/156/EEC.The proposed regulation controlling the use of certain fluorinated
greenhouse gases is expected to reduce projected emission of these gases by around 23 million tonnes of
carbon dioxide equivalent by 2010 across the EU.The main elements of the draft Directive are provisions
on the containment, recovery, training and certification programmes, reporting, use and marketing
restrictions of these gases.
Recycle jars not just bottle
Both legislative proposals will now be referred to the European Parliament for a second reading.

Further information:
Patrick O’Sullivan, Air / Climate Section
tel: 01.888 2437 fax: 01.888 2014
e-mail: Patrick_o’

Coal Ban:Temporary Moratorium on Petcoke Provisions
Since 1990, the Department has progressively introduced a ban on the marketing, sale and distribution of
bituminous coal in a number of urban areas nationally. This ban currently applies in sixteen urban areas
(Dublin, Cork,Arklow, Drogheda, Dundalk, Limerick,Wexford, Celbridge, Galway, Leixlip,
Naas,Waterford, Kilkenny, Bray,Tralee and Sligo).To date, all areas where bans are in operation have
shown significant improvement in air quality.

Following a public consultation by the Department in 2001, the option of banning bituminous coal
nationally was ruled out. Instead, a negotiated agreement was signed between the then Minister of State,Mr.
Dan Wallace,T.D., and the Solid Fuel Trade Group (SFTG) representing the major solid fuel importers and
distributors in Ireland, including Northern Ireland, in June, 2002.The agreement provides for significantly
more stringent sulphur limits in all bituminous coal and petroleum coke (“petcoke”) nationally. Details on

A first review of the Agreement in 2003 indicated that, on balance, the Agreement was working
satisfactorily.While the required average sulphur content of petcoke (2.5%) was breached by 0.19%, the
requirement that all bituminous coal contain a maximum sulphur content of 0.7% was bettered by 0.2%.
Returns from industry for the 2003/2004 winter heating season indicate that sulphur levels in bituminous
coal remain well below the agreement commitments but average sulphur levels in petcoke stood at 2.54%,
0.24% above the agreed level for 2004.

In July 2004, SFTG formally approached the Department seeking a moratorium on the petcoke provisions
for the 2004/2005 heating season, on the grounds that petcoke tonnages worldwide have fallen due to
massive increased usage.This high level of demand made it increasingly difficult for Irish companies to
source lower sulphur petcoke in particular. Following consideration of the information supplied by SFTG
in support of their request, and further negotiations between the Department and the Group, Minister of
State, Pat The Cope Gallagher T.D. agreed to the industry‟s request to freeze petcoke sulphur levels at their
2003/2004 level for the 2004/2005 heating season.This decision was taken to assist the industry through a
difficult interim supply period and is for a limited duration.Thus, as a result of these unforeseen
circumstances, beyond Irish industry control, it has been necessary to postpone the second review of the
Agreement until later in 2005.The Department continues to seek to achieve the full Agreement
commitments and to build further on the level of environmental ambition beyond 2005, and has received
comprehensive SFTG assurances in this regard.

Further information:
Eddie Forsyth, Air/Climate Section
tel: 01.888 2472 fax: 01.888 2014


Bailte Slachtmhara 2004
An 6 Meán Fómhair, 2004, d‟fhógair an tUasal Pat the Cope ó Gallchobhair,T.D.,Aire Stáit sa
Roinn Comhshaoil, Oidhreachta agus Rialtais Áitiúil gurbh é Lios Mór, Contae Phort Láirge buaiteoir
foriomlán Chomórtas na mBailte Slachtmhara 2004, ag searmanas i Halla Naomh Pádraig, Caisleán Bhaile
Átha Cliath.
Bronnadh duaiseanna i gcatagóirí eile mar seo a leanas:

       • An Sráidbhaile is Slachtmhaire in Éirinn - Maigh nEaltra, Co. na Mí
       • An Baile Beag is Slachtmhaire in Éirinn - Lios Mór, Co. Phort Láirge, agus
       • An Baile Mór is Slachtmhaire in Éirinn - Cathair na Mart, Co. Mhaigh Eo

Is é comórtas na mBailte Slachtmhara an comórtas comhshaoil is mó in Éirinn ina bhfuil duaischiste d‟os
cionn €150,000 a eagraíonn an Roinn Comhshaoil, Oidhreachta agus Rialtais Áitiúil agus tháinig iarratais ó
700 baile agus sráidbhaile ar fud na hÉireann, ó cheantair uirbeacha agus ó cheantair tuaithe araon.
Sholáthar Comhar,An Chomhpháirtíocht Náisiúnta Forbartha Inbhuanaithe duais nua i gcomórtas na
mBailte Slachtmhara 2004 don bhaile nó don sráidbhaile ar feabhsaíodh foirgneamh, grúpa foirgneamh nó
spás ar shlí a bhíonn ag teacht le
Prionsabail Chomhar d‟Fhorbairt Inbhuanaithe. Chuaigh an Duais Forbartha Inbhuanaithe de €1,500 chuig
Oifigí Rialtais, Cluain Meala, Co.Thiobraid Árann agus chuaigh an Duais Ard-Mholta de €750 chuig
Miller‟s Inn, Cromadh, Co. Luimnigh. Den chéad uair i 2004 cuireadh duais speisialta san áireamh faoin
scéim iomlán a nascadh le feachtas ilmheáin na Roinne “Race Against Waste”. Bhuaigh Baile Cheatharlach
an tionscnamh píolótach, a dearadh chun pobail a spreagadh chun a gcuiddramhaíola a Lagdú, a Athúsáid
agus a Athchúrsáil agus tháinig An tSráidbhaile, Co. Phort Láirge sa dara háit agus Cloich na Coillte, Co.
Chorcaí sa tríú háit.

Tuilleadh Eolais láithreán gréasáin:, Orla O’Malley, Aonad na mBailte Slachtmhara,
teil: 01. 888 2357, faics: 01. 888 2286, ríomhphost: orla_o’

Tidy Towns 2004
On 6 September, 2004, Mr Pat the Cope Gallagher,T.D., Minister of State at the Department of the
Environment, Heritage and Local Government, announced Lismore, Co.Waterford as the overall winner of
the Tidy Towns Competition 2004, at a ceremony in St Patrick's Hall, Dublin Castle. Awards presented in
other categories were as follows:
       • Ireland's Tidiest Village - Moynalty, Co. Meath
       • Ireland's Tidiest Small Town - Lismore Co.Waterford, and
       • Ireland's Tidiest Large Town - Westport Co.Mayo.

The Tidy Town is Ireland's largest environmental competition, with a prize fund of over €150,000 is
organised by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and attracted almost 700
towns and villages throughout Ireland, from urban as well as rural areas.

Comhar,The National Sustainable Development Partnership offered a new award in the 2004 Tidy Towns
competition for the town or village where a building, group of buildings or space has been improved in a
manner that is consistent with Comhar‟s Principles for Sustainable Development.The Sustainable
Development Award of €1,500 went to Government Offices, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary and the Highly
Commended Award of €750 went to the Miller‟s Inn, Croom, Co. Limerick.

For the first time in 2004 a special award was included under the overall scheme that linked into the
Departments “Race Against Waste” multi-media campaign.This pilot initiative, designed to encourage
communities to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle their waste was won by Carlow Town, with Stradbally,
Co.Waterford, second and Clonakilty, Co. Cork, third.

Further information: website:, Orla O’Malley,Tidy Towns Unit,
tel: 01. 888 2357, fax: 01. 888 2286, e-mail: orla_o’

Comharsanachtaí Cathrach 2004
An 15 Samhain, 2004, bhronn an tUasal Batt O‟Keefe,T.D.,Aire Stáit sa Roinn Comhshaoil, Oidhreachta
agus Rialtais Áitiúil na honóracha is airde ar Chathair Chorcaí i gComórtas na gComharsanachtaí Cathrach
ag an searmanas náisiúnta duaiseanna I gCaisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath.

Seo é an dara bliain as a chéile a bhuaigh Cathair Chorcaí an duais seo, bhuaigh An Mál Theas anuraidh í,
agus ainmníodh Sráid Phádraig mar an buaiteoir i mbliana agus bailíodh duais de €3,000 agus Buanthrófaí
Chomharsanachtaí Cathrach freisin. Bronnadh duaiseanna i gcatagóirí eile mar seo a leanas:

     • An Ceantar Cónaitheach is fearr - Estáit Tithíochta Silverbrook, Luimneach, agus
     • An Sráidbhaile Uirbeach is fearr - Bóthar na Trá, Gaillimh.

Seo é an dara bliain atá an comórtas ar siúl, do cheantair chónaitheacha agus do cheantair thráchtála sa cúig
chathair Corcaigh, Baile Átha Cliath, Gaillimh, Luimneach agus Port Láirge. Is é an aidhm atá leis ná
aithris a dhéanamh ar mar a d‟éirigh leis na Bailte Slachtmhara i gcomhthéasc cathrach tríd an iarracht
pobail chéanna a spreagadh i gcomhpháirtíocht le leasanna gnó, le húdaráis áitiúla agus le comhlachtaí stáit
leis an gcuspóir foriomlán céanna, is é sin, ár gcathracha a bheith mar áiteanna níos tarraingtí le cónaí
iontu, le hoibriú iontu nó le cuairt a thabhairt orthu. Mhol an tAire na buaiteoirí ar fad i gcomórtas na bliana
seo agus ghlac sé buíochas leis na Comhairlí Cathrach dá dtacaíocht agrá gur theastaigh uaidh go mbeadh
comórtais áitiúla a reáchtálann na Comhairlí Cathrach sruthlínithe ón gcéad bhliain eile ar aghaidh, ionas
go rachaidh an áit is fearr ó gach comhairle ar aghaidh chun dul san iomaíocht ag an leibhéal náisiúnta trí
chóras cáilíochta uathoibríoch.
Tuilleadh Eolais: láithreán gréasáin:, Orla O’Malley, Aonad an mBailte Slachtmhara
teil: 01. 888 2357, faics: 01. 888 2286, ríomhphost: orla_o’

City Neighbourhoods 2004
On 15 November, 2004, Mr. Batt O'Keeffe,T.D., Minister for State at the Department of the Environment,
Heritage and Local Government, presented Cork City with top honours in the City Neighbourhoods
Competition at the national awards ceremony held in Dublin Castle.

This was the second year in a row that Cork City has won this award, last year it was South Mall, this year
Patrick Street was named the winner collecting the €3,000 prize and the City Neighbourhoods Perpetual
Awards presented in other categories were as follows:
       • Best Residential Area - Silverbrook Housing Estate, Limerick, and
       • Best Urban Village - Salthill, Galway.

The competition, now in its second year, is for residential and commercial districts in the 5 cities of Cork,
Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. It aims to replicate the success of Tidy Towns in a city context
by mobilising the same community effort in partnership with business interests, local authorities and state
bodies with the overriding objective of making our cities more attractive places to live, work or visit.

The Minister praised all the winners in this year‟s competition and thanked the City Councils for their
support stating that he wanted local competitions run by the City Councils streamlined from next year so
that the highest achievers from each would go on to compete at national level through an automatic
qualification system.

Further Information: website:, Orla O’Malley,Tidy Towns Unit
tel: 01. 888 2357, fax: 01. 888 2286, e-mail: orla_o’

Ardán Náisiúnta do Thaighde Bithéagsúlacht
Bunaíodh an tArdán Náisiúnta do Thaighde Bitheolaíochta (NPBR) i mBealtaine 2003 faoi choimirce na
Seirbhíse Páirceanna Náisiúnta agus Fiadhúlra agus an Ghníomhaireacht um Chaomhnú Comhshaoil de
chuid na Roinne Comhshaoil, Oidhreachta agus Rialtais Áitiúil. Is é aidhm an NPBR ná fóram a chur ar fáil
ar mhaithe le malartú faisnéise idir thaighdeoirí eolaíochta agus lucht déanta polasaí sa réimse a bhaineann
le taighde bithéagsúlachta. Tá 40 duine aonair rannpháirteach san ardán a thagann ó gach réimse de
thaighde bithéagsúlachta: lucht déanta polasaí rialtais, gníomhaireachtaí, Eagraíochtaí Neamhrialtasach
agus geallshealbhóirí. Éascaíonn rúnaíocht obair an ardáin. D‟éirigh go han-mhaith leis an NPBR i réimsí
éagsúla ó bunaíodh é. Ar dtús baire, thionóil an t-ardán cruinniú de chuid

Ardán Eorpach do Straitéis Taighde Bithéagsúlachta (EPBRS) a reáchtáladh faoi Uachtaránacht na
hÉireann den AE i gCill Airne i mBealtaine 2004. Ba é an teideal a bhí ar an gcruinniú sin ná Sustaining
Livelihoods and Biodiversity – Attaining the 2010 Target in the European Biodiversity Strategy. Ba é an
aidhm a bhí leis an gcruinniú ná riachtanais taighde a aithint chungo mbeadh an Straitéis Bhithéagsúlachta
an Chomhphobail Eorpaigh ábalta freastal ar an sprioc chun deireadh a chur le cailleadh bithéagsúlachta
faoi 2010. Ba é an toradh a bhí leis an gcruinniú sin ná Dearbhú agus Moltaí Chill Airne, a leag amach
riachtanais thaighde a chuideoidh leis an aidhm deireadh a chur le cailleadh bithéagsúlachta faoi 2010.
D‟fháiltigh Comhairle an Aontais Eorpaigh roimh Dhearbhú Chill Airne ina dhiaidh sin i Meitheamh 2004.

Sa bhreis air sin, tá dhá ghrúpa oibre a tógadh ó chomhaltaí den ardán ag cur fardail le chéile faoi láthair ar
Thaighde Bithéagsúlachta na hÉireann agus tá siad ag ullmhú Creat Oibre do Chlár Taighde
Bithéagsúlachta d‟Éirinn. Is gearr go mbeidh an dá cháipéis sin tugtha chun críche agus beidh siad ar fáil
chun féachaint orthu ar láithreán gréasáin an go luath.
Buaileann an NPBR le chéile ar bhonn foirmiúil uair gach sé mhí chun plé a dhéanamh ar dhul chun cinn
atá déanta agus ar dhul chun cinn amach anseo. Idir an dá linn oibríonn an rúnaíocht chun grúpaí oibre
reatha a chomhordú, láithreán gréasáinan NPBR a chothabháil agus taighdeoirí bithéagsúlachta in Éirinn a
éascú trí fhaisnéis bhithéagsúlachta Náisiúnta agus Eorpach a scaipeadh trí láithreán gréasáin an NPBR.
Fáiltíonn an rúnaíocht roimh aon mhíreanna nuachta a bheadh mar thairbhe do thaighdeoirí bithéagsúlachta
na hÉireann agus a d‟fhéadfaí a scaipeadh chuig comhaltaí den NPBR agus dá réirchuig pobal taighde níos
leithne, chuig lucht déanta polasaí agus chuig páirtithe leasmhara eile.

Tuilleadh Eolais: An Dr. Louise Scally,Ardán Náisiúnta do Thaighde Bithéagsúlachta BEC Consultants
Ltd., 27 Sráid Mhic Liam Uachtarach, Baile Átha Clath 2, fón póca: 087. 275 0784
National Platform for Biodiversity Research
The National Platform for Biodiversity Research (NPBR) was set up in May 2003 under the auspices of the
National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Environmental Protection Agency of the Department of the
Environment, Heritage and Local Government.The aim of the NPBR is to provide a forum for information
exchange between scientific researchers and policy makers in the area of biodiversity research. The
platform consists of 40 individuals drawn from all areas of biodiversity research: government policy
makers, agencies, NGOs and stakeholders.The work of the platform is facilitated by a secretariat.

Since its inauguration the NPBR has had great success in a number of areas. Firstly, the platform hosted the
European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) meeting held under the Irish presidency of
the EU in Killarney in May 2004.The title of this meeting was Sstaining Livelihoods and Biodiversity –
Attaining the 2010 Target in the European Biodiversity Strategy.The aim of the meeting was to identify
research needs to enable the European Community Biodiversity Strategy to meet the target of halting
biodiversity loss by 2010.The output from this meeting culminated in the Killarney Declaration and

Recommendations, which set out research needs to contribute to the aim of halting biodiversity loss by
2010.The Council of the European Union subsequently welcomed the Killarney Declaration in June 2004.
In addition, two working groups drawn from members of the platform are currently compiling an inventory
of Irish Biodiversity Research and preparing a Framework for a Biodiversity Research Programme for
Ireland. Both of these documents are nearing completion and will be available toview on the NPBR website in the near future.

The NPBR meets on a formal basis once every 6 months to discuss past and future progress. In the interim
the secretariat works to co-ordinate current working groups, to maintain the NPBR website and to facilitate
biodiversity researchers in Ireland by disseminating European and National biodiversity information
through the NPBR website.The secretariat welcomes any news items of relevance to Irish biodiversity
researchers that can be disseminated to the NPBR members and hence to the wider research community,
policy makers and other interested parties.

Further information: Dr. Louise Scally, National Platform for Biodiversity Research, BEC Consultants
Ltd., 27 Fitzwilliam St. Upper, Dublin 2, mobile: 087. 275 0784

Earthen Banks and Broken Walls Exhibition
From 31 January to 25 February 2005 an exhibition by The National Monuments Section, Department of
the Environment, Heritage Local Government will take place at ENFO, the Environment Information
Service, 17 St.Andrew Street, Dublin 2.This exhibition is designed to make us aware not only of our major
National Monuments such as Newgrange or the Rock of Cashel, but of the less well known monuments
likely to be found on any farm around the country. Despite the amount of development and land
reclamation that has taken place in recent decades Ireland has an extraordinary richness of visible ancient
monuments such as ruined medieval churches, tower houses, megalithic tombs and ringforts.This legacy
from the past has a great educational, recreational and touristic potential.

The exhibition houses colour photographs of typical archaeological monuments accompanied by short
explanatory texts. The photographs and text are also reproduced in a fold-over leaflet available from the
Department. It is hoped that this exhibition will appeal to farmers, school groups and the public generally.
The photographs of the monuments, taken by Con Brogan, Senior Photographer with the Department, are
taken from a series of archaeological inventories of different counties that have been produced by the
Archaeological Survey of Ireland. Eighteen county inventories have been produced to date and these
published books give a short account of every known monument within the county or part of a county
covered by the inventory.

Further information: Con Manning, Senior Archaeologist, National Monuments Section, Dun Scéine,
Harcourt Lane, Dublin 2
tel: 01. 411 7190, fax:01.411 7120, email:

Con Manning, Senior Archaeologist, Mary Moylan, Assistant Secretary and Con Brogan, Senior
Photographer at the launch of the exhibition at ENFO on 13
September 2004

Voluntary Construction Industry Initiative on Recycling Waste
On 23 September, 2004, Mr. Martin Cullen,T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
Government formally launched the National Construction and Demolition Waste Council‟s voluntary
construction industry initiative designed to accelerate the levels of recycling of construction and demolition
waste among construction industry stakeholders.

Construction and demolition (C and D) waste is one of the largest waste streams in Ireland. Over the three-
year period 1998 to 2001, the volume of construction waste generated increased by 35% nationally much of
this attributed to economic growth and increased activity in the construction industry.The latest figures
available are provided for in the Environment
Protection Agency‟s (EPA) National Waste Database Report 2001which estimated that such waste
accounted for
approximately 21%, equating to 3.65 million tonnes, of all non-agricultural waste generated in 2001.
Given the significance of C and D waste overall the Government in its 1998 policy statement "Changing
Our Ways" set targets for a 50% recycling rate to be achieved by the end 2003 rising progressively to 85%
by the end 2013. Responding to the Government‟s challenge, the Forum for the Construction Industry
undertook a wide-ranging consultation process resulting in the 2001 report "Recycling of Construction and
Demolition Waste".

A core recommendation arising from the report was the establishment of the National Construction and
Demolition Waste Council to develop and oversee the implementation of an effective construction industry
programme facilitating the achievement of these targets.The voluntary construction industry initiative
offers a unique opportunity to build on thesubstantial progress already made on managing waste in the
construction industry. An estimated 65.4% was recovered in 2001 indicating that the end 2003 target was
achieved ahead of schedule.The initiative will concentrate on the major waste fractions in the early years
and establish the most suitable practices for Ireland through practical experience. Further steps will be
initiated at a later stage to focus on the remaining elements of C and D waste. Ireland is now the first EU
country to apply a voluntary approach to dealing with the management of C and D waste.

Coinciding with the launch of the initiative, the Minister announced the publication of new "Draft Best
Practice Guidelines on the Preparation of Waste Management Plans for Construction and Demolition
Projects".The purpose of these draft guidelines is to provide designers, developers, practitioners and
competent authorities with an agreed basis for determining the adequacy of on-site C and D waste
management plans aiming to promote an integrated approach to C and D waste management, throughout
the duration of a project.The draft guidelines which it is intended will be applied to construction projects
above specified thresholds, are designed to promote sustainable development, environmental protection and
the optimum use of resources. In particular, they emphasise that management of C and D waste should
respect the waste management hierarchy of options with waste prevention and minimisation being the first
priority succeeded by reuse and recycling; disposal should
only be considered as a last resort.

The Council member organisations are now being asked to comment on the guidelines and following this
consultative process final recommendations will be drawn up and submitted to the Council for formal
approval. It is anticipated that this process will be brought to a conclusion before the end of 2004.
Interested parties may obtain a copy of the draft guidelines from the National Construction and Demolition
Waste Council‟s website at

Further information: Paris Beausang,Waste Prevention and Recovery Section,
tel: 01. 888 2606, fax: 01. 888 2994, e-mail:

Public Consultation on Proposed New Environmental Levies
On 23 September, 2004, Mr. Martin Cullen,T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
Government announced a one-month consultation period to obtain the views of the public on a Government
commissioned consultancy study to assess the application of economic instruments on automated teller
machine (ATM) receipts, chewing gum and fast-food packaging as a means of tackling the litter problems
associated with such items.

The study was commissioned against the background of two reports from the Litter Monitoring Body who
provided valuable statistical data in relation to litter pollution in Ireland and identified these items as being
particularly problematic and persistent forms of litter. A comprehensive and objective analysis on the
application of economic instruments including environmental levies, on the three specified materials was
commissioned and also a report with detailed recommendations on the proposed way forward.The
consultants looked at various practices and experience internationally in relation to the application of
economic instruments in the areas to be targeted and consulted also with the relevant industry stakeholders.

On chewing gum the study recommends:
      • a mandatory 10% levy (average 5 cent per pack) on chewing gum purchases, or
      • a negotiated agreement between Government and industry aimed at developing industry-funded
      strategies to tackle chewing gum litter.
The money raised, estimated €5m per annum would meet part of the social cost associated with chewing
gum. On fast food packaging, the study recommends:
      • a negotiated agreement between Government and the fast-food industry involving increased litter
      bin capacity (funded by the industry) close to fast food outlets, and
      • the branding of all fast food packaging with the outlets name.

It would also include improved management systems for litter control in the immediate vicinity of fast food
outlets. Failure to deliver on agreed targets would result in the introduction of a „point of sale‟ levy of 2%
of price charged in respect of fast food consumed off premises. Such a levy would raise an estimated €3.7m
per annum.

On ATM receipts, the study recommends:
     • a negotiated agreement between Government and the banking sector aimed at reducing instances
     of ATM receipt litter, or
     • failure to deliver on agreed targets would result in the introduction of a 1 cent levy on ATM
     transactions which would raise an estimated €400,000 per annum.

The consultants report may be accessed on the Department‟s website It is envisaged that
detailed proposals will be finalised and brought to Government on foot of a comprehensive assessment of
the comments and submissions arising from the public consultation process.

Further information: Paris Beausang,Waste Prevention and Recovery,
tel: 01.888 2606, fax: 01.888 2994, e-mail:
European Conference on Local Authority Actions
From 28-29 October, 2004,The European Conference on Local Authority Actions, took place in Turku,
Finland.The conference formed part of the ELISEE (Encouraging Local Initiatives For Sustainable
Lifestyles in Enlarged Europe) Project. Its central theme was "Towards Waste-Free Lifestyles" and it
included site visits to waste facilities in Turku.

As part of the Race Against Waste campaign, 18 Environmental Awareness Officers, from local authorities
all over the country attended the conference.The conference included more than 30 presentations from local
authority officials throughout Europe on specific campaigns that they have employed to reduce, reuse and
recycle as well as general discussions about how much waste we are producing and the need to increase
awareness of minimisation. Delegates attended workshops on various topics including stakeholder
involvement, awareness raising and encouraging participation in segregated collections.

The highlight on the site visits were to an Eco Workshop where washing machines,TV‟s, cookers and
bicycles are repaired, and an associated Eco Market where the repaired white goods, electrical items and
bicycles are sold.Any items that couldn‟t be repaired were stripped down and all usable parts sold or turned
into new items.

Further information: Neasa Kane, Mary Murphy and Associates
tel: 01.284 6338, fax: 01.284 6317, e-mail:

Líne Eolais Lo-Call do Race Against Waste
An 17 Samhain, 2004 sheol an tUasal Dick Roche,T.D.,An tAire Comhshaoil, Oidhreachta agus Rialtais
Áitiúil líne theileafóin eolais lo-call nua, 1890-667639 do Race Against Waste. Tá an líne eolais beartaithe
chun comhairle agus freagraí a sholáthar ar cheisteanna maidir le gach gné de bhainistiú dramhaíola do
dhaoine sa bhaile agus ag an obair.Tacaíonn an líne theileafóin leis an láithreán gréasáin athfhorbartha, , a chuaigh beo i mí na Samhna freisin. Sheol an tAire an líne theileafóin agus an
láithreán gréasáin nua in oifig ENFO, Baile Átha Cliath, ag cruinniú de chuid an údaráis áitiúil Gréasán na
nOifigeach Feasachta Comhshaoil.

Tá foireann d‟Eolaithe Comhshaoil ag obair ar líne theileafóin Race Against Waste a bhíonn i
ndlúththeagmháil le gach údarás áitiúil ar fud na tíre agus dá réir is féidir leo eolas áitiúil cruinn a sholáthar
do dhaoine a bhíonn ag glaoch ó áit ar bith in Éirinn.

Is féidir déileáil le ceisteanna maidir le gach gné de bhainistiú dramhaíola tríd an láithreán gréasáin agus an
líne theileafóin, ar nós an tslí le múirín a dhéanamh, an tslí leis an méid dramhaíola a laghdú, cad is
athchúrsáil ann, an tslí lena dhéanamh agus cá háit a bhféadfaí athchúrsáil a dhéanamh chomh maith le
heolas maidir le líonadh talún agus cóireáil theirmeach. Is é Race Against Waste an feachtas eolais
dramhaíola is mó a reáchtáladh riamh sa tír seo.Tá an feachtas, a thosaigh I nDeireadh Fómhair 2003 sa
dara bliain i mbun gnímh anois. I mbliain a dó, chomh maith le leanúint ar aghaidh ag obair le sealbhóirí tí
agus le gnólachtaí beaga díreoidh an feachtas ar fhoirgnimh phoiblí mhóra ar nós ranna rialtais, coláistí tríú
leibhéal,ospidéil, príosúin, soláthróirí iompair, óstáin, foirgnimh údaráis áitiúla agus eile chun iad a
spreagadh chun bainistiú níos fearr a dhéanamh ar a gcuid dramhaíola.

Bíonn líne eolais Race Against Waste ar fáil Luan –go hAoine ón 9am –5pm. Is costas glao áitiúil a bhíonn
ar gach glao ó aon áit in Éirinn.

Tuilleadh Eolais: láithreán gréasáin:, Paul Morrissey,An Rannóg Feasachta
Comhshaoil teil: 01.888 2388, faics: 01.888 2014, ríomhphost:

Lo-Call Information Line for Race Against Waste
On 17 November, 2004, Mr. Dick Roche,T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local
Government launched a new Race Against Waste lo-call telephone information line, 1890-667639.The
information line is intended to provide advice and answers to questions about all aspects of waste
management for people at home and at work.The phoneline supports the redeveloped website, , which also went live in November.The Minister launched the new phoneline
and website in the ENFO centre, Dublin, at a meeting of the local authority Environmental Awareness
Officers Network.

The Race Against Waste phoneline is staffed by environmental scientists who are in close contact with all
of the local authorities around the country and so can provide accurate local information to callers from
anywhere in Ireland. Questions about all aspects of waste management can be dealt with through the
website and phoneline, such as how to compost, how to reduce waste, what, how and where to recycle as
well as information about landfill and thermal treatment.

The Race Against Waste is the most extensive waste information campaign ever run in the country.The
campaign, which began in October 2003 has now entered its second year. For year two as well as
continuing to work with householders and small businesses the campaign will also target large public
buildings such as government departments, third level colleges, hospitals, prisons, transport providers,
hotels, local authority buildings and others to encourage them to better manage their waste.
The Race Against Waste information line in available Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm.All calls are
charged at local rates from anywhere in Ireland.

Further information: website:, Paul Morrissey, Environmental Awareness
tel: 01.888 2388, fax: 01.888 2014, e-mail:

October Environment Council
On 14 October 2004, the Council of Environment Ministers met in Luxembourg under the Dutch
Presidency. The Council reached agreement on a draft Directive on the management of waste from
extractive industries.The draft Directive is aimed at preventing accidents and consequent damage to the
environment and human health arising from the treatment and disposal of mining waste. by setting
minimum requirements intended to improve mining waste management.

The draft Directive will regulate conditions for operating permits, general obligations covering waste
management, the obligation to characterise waste before disposing of it or treating it, and safety measures.
It will also establish a requirement to draw up closure plans, and an obligation to provide for an appropriate
level of financial security.

The Council also reached political agreement on a draft Regulation on greenhouse gases and a draft
Directive on emissions from air conditioning systems in motor vehicles.The draft legal acts will introduce
cost-effective measures aimed at reducing emissions of the fluorinated greenhouse gases (FGG).

The Council also adopted conclusions concerning:
      • the Commission Communication "Towards a thematic strategy on the urban environment", of
      February 2004

       • tenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on
       Change (Buenos Aires, December 2004), and

       • flood risk management, and the opportunities of ecoefficient innovations within the Lisbon process

       The Council held a debate on sustainable road transport. Issues that arose included:
       • reduction percentage and timetable of the Nox emission standard for diesel passenger cars and

       • timing of submission of proposals by the Commission for tighter noise standards for tyres and
       vehicles; and role for the Environment Council in the process of preparation and determination of
       the standards for
       noise, and
       • EU-strategy for more energy-efficient cars after 2008/9

The Council also held a debate on the financing of Natura 2000. Issues that arose included:
      • the nature of the Commission's "integration option" and whether it can enhance the availability of
      Community co-financing for Natura 2000 projects;
      • concerns about potential gaps in funding
      • methods of funding

The Council discussed the Conference of Environment Ministers from the countries of Eastern Europe,
Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) and their Partners, that took place in Georgia in October 2004 and
continued EU support for this process.

The Council adopted a Decision approving the Stockholm Convention on persistent organic pollutants.The
Convention provides a framework for managing 12 named polluting substances, and for adding new
chemicals to the list.

The Council adopted a Regulation on materials and articles intended to come in contact with food aiming to
improve protections for health and for consumers‟ interests.The Regulation requires labelling or
information in order to support the safe and correct use of foodstuffs and prohibits substances that are used
to mask an incipient spoilage of food.

Further information:
Frank Fitzpatrick, Environment International
tel: 01.888 2790 fax: 01.888 2014
Calendar of Events
ENFO Exhibitions
31 Jan – 25 Feb 05
Earthen Banks and Broken Walls - Our legacy of Ancient Monuments.
An exhibition by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government of the of ancient
monuments found in the Irish countryside
emphasising those likely to be found on farmland and in private ownership rather those in state care.
28 Feb – 12 Mar 05
Tree Council of Ireland
Annual exhibition of entries to the National Tree Week
poster competition.
14 Mar - 29 Apr 05
Fly Traps.
An exhibition on carnivorous plants by the Irish Peatland Conservation Council. Workshops will
accompany this exhibitions. Details will be available
later from ENFO.

Further information:
ENFO is open Mondays-Saturdays inclusive, between 10:00 and 17:00
17 Andrew's Street, Dublin 2
tel: 01-8882001 or lo-call 1890-200191 (calls charged at local rate)
All welcome; admission free

Recent Publications
Departmental Publications
Housing statistics Bulletin June Quarter 2004 . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .€2.79
Available from:
Government Publications Sales Office, Sun Alliance House, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 or by mail order
from the Government Publications Mail Order Section, 51 St. Stephen‟s Green, Dublin 2
Your Guide to Organic Food and Farming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …….. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .free

The new Guide, which is available free, informs consumers in an easy-to-read format, about organic food
and farming, how to recognise it, where to get it, and why it sometimes costs more than products that
appear similar. It includes a colourful calendar, highlighting the availability of organic fruit and vegetables
as they come into season through the year, and for each month there is a suggested "dish of the month"
for which recipes can be found on the Bord Bia website at
Further information:
tel: 053. 63455

European Commission Publications
LIFE-Nature: communicating with stakeholders and the and the general public . . . . . . . . . . .. .. …... . .free
Fifth Annual Survey on the implementation and enforcement of Community environmental law 2003
Available from:
European Commission, Directorate-General for Press and Communication Publications,
B-1049 Bruxelles, Belgium
Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland Annual Report and Accounts 2003 . . . . . ..….. . . . . . . . . . . .free
Available from:
Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland
3, Clonskeagh Square, Clonskeagh Road, Dublin 4
tel: 01. 269 7766

Relevant Government Websites
Irish Presidency website.
Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government website.
The aim of the Race Against Waste Campaign is to raise awareness of the need for an integrated approach
to waste management. The site contains information on how to prevent, reduce, re-use and recycle the
waste people produce at work and at home. Extensive links to other sites.
The website gives information on how to change rubbish into a resource, at home and in business.
The website of ENFO, the Environmental Information Service contains an extensive body of information
on the environment.The site contains the full text of ENFO leaflets, on-line database of the ENFO library
collection of environmental books and journals, a Children‟s Corner, an on-line order form for requesting
ENFO publications and travelling exhibitions, lists of environmental NGO‟s and Local Authority
Environment Awareness Officers, Irish and international environmental links etc.
The website of Sustainable Energy Ireland formally the Irish Energy Centre.The website contains
information on the environmentally and economically sustainable production, supply and use of energy in
support of government policy across all sectors of the economy. Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) has just
added a new Physics section to their website. Designedby teachers, it aims to help students with revision of
some of the energy related topics on the Leaving Certificate Physicscourse.The site is divided into six units,
work, energy, power, electric current, quantity of heat and heat transfer and all include background
information, a "test yourself section" and relevant past Leaving Certificate questions.

There are several ways that teachers could use this resource; print revision handouts or for those students
who have computers at home give a unit as homework. Teachers who have access to a computer room
could let students work through the material at their own pace or those teachers lucky enough to have
access to a data projector and computer in the laboratory, use the material as a direct teaching resource.
Log on to then go to the education section of the site.
The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland is the national organisation with regulatory, monitoring and
advisory responsibilities in matters pertaining to ionising radiation. In particular the Institute concerns itself
with hazards to health associated with ionising radiation and with radioactive contamination in the
North South Website of Environmental Research (aNSwer) is an online register of current environmental
research projects and was developed as part of environmental programme of the North South Ministerial
Council (NSMC).
The new environmental website for Enterprise Ireland to promote environmental awareness in Irish
Information regarding the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) in Ireland.
Comhar (the National Sustainable Development Partnership).This new website includes information on
activities and recommendations with regards to Sustainable Development in Ireland.
The National Spatial Strategy (NSS) is a coherent national planning framework for Ireland for the next 20
years. It's about people, places and potential. Making the most of our cities, towns and rural places to bring
a better spread of opportunities, better quality of life and better places to live in.The National Spatial
Strategy was launched by the Taoiseach and the Minister for the Environment and Local Government on
Thursday 28th November 2002 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
In 2003 Coillte launched its e-newsletter "Log Coillte, to inform and update stakeholders of current
news and activities. Log Coillte' is designed to complement other Coillte communications tools such
as the Annual Financial and Social and Environmental Reports, and the website, It covers
topics such as the Soil Association audits of the forests for certification, the review of the recreation policy,
details of timber sales figures and general issues like forestry funding and the Bacon report. Stakeholders
can continue to provide feedback through the normal consultation channels including the website, social
and environment panels, Coillte‟s on-going consultation meetings, and direct contact with Coillte staff.To
subscribe to Log on to Coillte , visit the e-newsletter section of Coillte's website at
Information on the competition for the Alternative Energy Requirements (AER) VI under EU Procurement
rules. Details of the price cap in each category were published in the terms and conditions for the
competition and are also available in this website.
The website of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Contains information on the Department‟s Tidy Towns competition.

Website Addresses of EU Institutions
Press Room:

Statistical Office:
The Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Chair‟s Summary, outcome of the Regional
Implementation Forum on Sustainable Development, Geneva, 15-16 January, 2004 and one of the inputs to
the Chairs Summary for CSD12.
Dutch Presidency site.
This is the main European Union website which contains links to all the major EU institutions, i.e., Council
of the European Union, European Commission and European Parliament. In addition, it contains all the
latest news concerning the EU as well providing details of all the meetings taking place throughout the
This is the European Union Law page, and provides access to any proposals for a European Directive,
Regulation or Decision as well as the finalised versions by using the link for the OFFICIAL JOURNAL of
the EU.Also available is a link to any recent case law involving the European Court of Justice.
European Environment Agency.
EU on-line portal.
European Parliament.
Political Groups in E.P. Application guide for LIFE Environment
Programme 2004.
An interactive catalogue has been specifically designed for consumers to find eco-labelled products
throughout Europe. In addition to a simple description of the scheme for newcomers, this new e-platform
has the tools to learn more about the eco-labelled products, how much they cost, where to find them in your
country and even order some of them on-line.
Details on the EU eco-label for tourism, including the range of criteria that should be addressed to qualify
for an award.
Legislative Observatory.
Council of the European Union
Links to presidency websites. Previous (Danish) Presidency.
Previous (Greek) Presidency.
Previous (Italian) Presidency.
Work Programmes, timetables, agendas etc.
Press Office.
Treaties (downloadable) (Amsterdam).
European Commission Press Room Legislation in force.
Official Journal.
TED – Tenders Electronic Daily.
CELEX – EU Legislation site.
Court of Justice / First Instance.
PreLex – database on inter-institutional procedures.
Future of Europe – debate.
Court of Auditors.
Committee of the Regions.
European Ombudsman.
European Central Bank.
European Investment Bank.
“The management of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) – A guide for local and regional
authorities” provides the readers with practical insights into experiences across Europe, and guidelines for
the selective collection and management of WEEE. It is a valuable tool for waste policy-makers and
practitioners alike.The report, written by the ACRR in cooperation with CARE Electronics and RREUSE,
and been published with the funding of the European Commission, in the scope of the project “Sustainable
Consumption in Cities - European Campaign on products without waste and recycled products”. Like the
other deliverables of the project, the guide can be downloaded for free.
European Commission Policies on Energy.
Information on the development of renewable energy for future use, especially from wind, water, solar
power and biomass and the need for community support.
First European register of emissions into air and water from large and medium sized industrial facilities in
Promoting Renewable Energy - An initiative of the European Commission.

Selected International Websites
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is committed to the principal that development is
inseparable from the quest for peace and human security and that the United Nations must be a strong force
for development as well as peace. UNDP‟s mission is to help countries in their efforts to achieve
sustainable human development programmes in poverty eradication, employment creation and sustainable
livelihoods, the empowerment of women, the protection and regeneration of the environment - giving first
priority to poverty eradication. UNDP strives to be an effective development partner for the United Nations
relief agencies, working to sustain livelihoods while they seek to sustain lives. It acts to help countries to
prepare for, avoid, and manage complex emergencies and disasters.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was established as the environmental conscience of
the United Nations. UNEP has created a basis for comprehensive consideration and coordinated action
within the UN on problems of the human environment. UNEP‟s mission is to provide leadership and
encourage partnerships in caring for theenvironment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and
people to improve their quality of life without compromisingthat of future generations. One of the most
important functions of UNEP is the promotion of environmental science and information. UNEP‟s
uniqueness lies in its advocacy of environmental concerns within the international system. UNEP nurtures
partnerships with other UN bodies possessing complementary skills and delivery capabilities and enhances
the private sector, scientific community, NGO‟s, youth, women, and sports organisations in achieving
sustainable development.
World Environment day website.
CSD-12 website.
Official UN website for 10th Anniversary of the UN Conference on Environment and Development.
International Institute for Sustainable Development‟s sites.
The World Resources Institute provides information, ideas, and solutions to global environmental
problems. Their mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth‟s environment for
current and future generations.Their programme meets global challenges by using knowledge to catalyse
public and private action to:
• Reverse damage to ecosystems
• Expand participation in environmental decisions
• Avert dangerous climate change, and
• Increase prosperity while improving the environment.
International environmental activist organisation outlines its philosophy and campaign.
Youth organisation whose mission is to provide education and training to students with the intention of
encouraging environmental leadership.31
Environmental research portal with links to 1000‟s of other sites all over the world.
Non-profit organisation providing a comprehensive collection of resources on a wide range of
environmental topics.
A comprehensive directory of earth friendly organisations and topics, including agriculture, disasters and
sustainable development.
A gateway to websites on environmental sustainability issues, with links to 3000 sites.
The association of Cities and Regions for Recycling (ACRR) is an International network of local and
regional authorities across Europe providing a resource through which the exchange of information and
experiences on municipal waste management can be facilitated, particularly in the areas of prevention at
source, recycling and recovery Association.
Seed Awards are a partnership of governments, non-governmental organisations and UN agencies,
representing the leaders in environment and development.These awards will be launched in early 2004,
with the first presentation in early 2005.We are organising a scientific and technical committee to set
criteria and selecting an expert jury to review and choose recipients. More details will be available shortly
on our website.

Selected Irish Environmental Websites
The website provides an introduction to the many undiscovered places - and above all people - in the West
of Ireland.
Centre for Training, Information and Demonstration of Organic Gardening, Growing and Farming.
Now in its 2nd year the Green Festival in the Northwest celebrates our heritage, environment, food, culture
and ecology. It is a festival for local communities and environmentally aware visitors alike.
A non-profit organisation providing practical environmental education services to both public and private
sector clients.
The website provides information to develop an understanding of climate change and the action which can
be taken by both individuals and households to help meet the serious global challenge of climate change.
Conservation Volunteers (Ireland) creates practical conservation opportunities in the natural and cultural
heritage of Ireland.
Crann is an NGO founded in 1986 to increase the broadleaf tree cover in Ireland and to promote/develop
Irish broadleaf woodland resources.
Earthwatch (Friends of the Earth Ireland) plays a constructive role in international lobbying and
campaigning on the most urgent environmental and social issues of our day.
Friends of the Irish Environment is a network created by conservationists in Ireland in order to monitor the
full implementation of European environmental law, to work for changes in the Irish planning laws, and to
pursue concerns and cases in both the built and the natural environment based on the principals of
sustainable community development.
Groundwork is a rhododendron clearing action group, affiliated to the Irish Wildlife Trust.
Irish Seed Savers is an organisation involved in the location and preservation of traditional varieties of fruit
and vegetables.
VOICE – Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment is an independent environmental organisation
committed to promoting positive solutions to environmentally destructive activities.
Interactive Wicklow waste education website enables a number of Wicklow schools to record their own
waste management projects on the web.
Landscape Forum Ireland is committed to quality in our shared landscape, present and future and to the
view that landscape must be considered in its totality - urban, suburban and rural.
The National Tree Council is a voluntary non-governmental organisation set up to promote the planting,
care and conservation of trees in town and country. It organises National Tree Week in March,Tree Day in
October, and seminars, conferences, and school competitions throughout the year.
The Irish Peatland Conservation Council site contains details of projects undertaken by the Council.
Projects include purchasing bogland nature reserves, providing resources and training for teachers and
education groups, repairing damaged bogs and encouraging lifestyles in harmony with the environment.
A national non-profit organisation dedicated to serving environmental and conservation charities.
An on-line environmental management self-assessment programme which enables users to assess their
performance against 5 benchmark standards.
Sustainable Development Strategy for DETE.
NEEC National Environmental Education Centre. or
For details on the An Taisce Green Flag Awards.
For information on the range and availability of Fairtrade products.
Information on the development, establishment and implementation of a river basin management system
for the South Eastern River Basin District.
The website of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage launched in May 2004, includes county
architectural inventories for Waterford, Meath, Kildare, and South Dublin. Counties Carlow, Laois, Fingal,
Kerry, Leitrim, Roscommon and Wicklow will be added by the end of 2004.
An online environmental marketplace which enables individuals and groups involved in environmental
activities in Dublin City to exchange information and promote their activities quickly and effectively.
Information about ESB energy efficient products and services.

Selected “Green Week” Websites
Official website of “Green Week 2004”, which took place in Brussels from 1-4 June 2004.The site includes
speakers and exhibitors.
The website of the EU Action Plan for Environmental Technologies (ETAP).The Plan contains 25 actions
to be undertaken by the commission, national and regional governments, industry and by other stakeholders
in order to improve the development and uptake of environmental technologies.
The eco-label site provides fact sheets, procedure fees and discounts, application packs, national competent
bodies, your stakeholder representatives, the Flower helpdesk, news and developments.An e-catalogue is
available on: and a news magazine about the campaign is available on:
Cordis is the research, development and innovation information service of the European Union‟s 6th
Framework Programme.Technology marketplace is a portal to information about emerging technologies
from current research around the world.
An interactive catalogue specifically designed for consumers to find eco-labelled products throughout
Europe. In addition to a simple description of the scheme for newcomers, this e-platform has the tools to
learn more about the eco-labelled products, their cost, local availability and ordering facilities.

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