News for: Environment, Development, And Sustainability

Designing and implementing initiatives for sustainable transitions in residential energy use

Reducing domestic energy use and related carbon emissions is a priority for national and European policy. A transition toward sustainable household energy use will require radical shifts in patterns of production and consumption that can only be brought about through systemic change involving multiple actors across all levels of society. Key considerations include the development,… | Read on »

Intergenerational Considerations for Generational Renewal in Agriculture Policy Strategies

The senior generation’s resistance to alter the status quo of the existing management and ownership structure of their farm is undoubtedly strong within the farming community. This phenomenon has resulted in extraordinary socio-economic challenges for young people aspiring to embark on a career in farming. This study sets forth a series of recommendations aimed at allowing… | Read on »

Risk Aqua Soil – Project Interviews with Irish Farmers

As part of the Risk Aqua Soil Project, Dr Sinead Mellett conducted interviews with a variety of farmers from across Ireland. The Risk Aqua Soil project aims to contribute to a better coordination for the detection, risk management and rehabilitation for rural territories (maritime and terrestrial areas), especially for agricultural purposes, mainly associated to climate… | Read on »

RTÉ Brainstorm: Here are 9 reasons why geography matters

A new RTÉ Brainstorm article, co-authored by Whitaker Institute member Dr Frances Fahy, looks the importance of Geography and why it should remain as a core subject in the Junior Cycle. Here are 9 reasons why geography matters   Opinion: the decision to make geography an optional Junior Cycle subject risks impoverishing Ireland’s future (1)… | Read on »

Advisory Services and Dairy Expansion in Ireland

Since April 2015, EU dairy farmers can expand milk production without facing restrictive milk quota constraints. This opportunity has been well received in Ireland and milk output has increased by 30 percent since quota abolition, mainly achieved through expansion on existing farms. The Irish dairy sector’s remarkable growth rate began once milk quota abolition was… | Read on »

Exploring complex social drivers of (un)sustainable consumption

Rising consumption and the increasing resource intensity of daily living practices are key drivers of environmental change. As a result, individual consumption and the promotion of positive pro-environmental behaviour change have become a key area of attention in European and Irish sustainable development policy. In finding ways in which environmental transitions can be achieved through… | Read on »

End-of-life considerations for onshore wind in Ireland

Most Irish wind farms have been granted a time-limited, 20 year, planning consent with a requirement to subsequently decommission. However, in the context of renewable energy targets, increasing pressure on land and opposition facing new sites, it will be important for existing sites to retain their license to operate. This could be achieved through extending… | Read on »