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Research 294: Investigation of Indium Recovery from End-of-life LCDs

Authors: Chinnam Rama Krishna, John Mulcahy and Lisa O’Donoghue, September 2019

Year: 2019

The LCDVal project aimed to illustrate the potential indium value contained in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) accessible via recovery techniques, therefore turning liquid crystal panel waste fractions into a resource for critical raw materials.

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Research 292: Developing Frameworks for Evaluation and Mitigation of Environmental Impact of Infant Feeding Decisions on Healthcare and Society

Authors: Bernadette O’Regan, Richard Moles, Yvonne Ryan-Fogarty and Rachel Shawe, September 2019

Year: 2019

Substantial environmental costs result from infant feeding decisions, not only regarding milks, foods and equipment purchased, but also regarding disposal of plastics, packaging and food waste. Existing infant feeding policies and waste management guidance do not address the disposal and waste aspects.

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Research 287: Catalysing and Characterising Transition

Authors: Geraint Ellis, Therese Hume, John Barry and Robin Curry, September 2019

Year: 2019

This synthesis report presents the main findings from a desk study on Catalysing and Characterising Transition (CCTransitions), which was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Interim Review of the 2014-2020 EPA Research Programme

Year: 2019

This independent review examines the performance to date of the EPA’s 2014-2020 Research Programme.

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Research 290: Environmental Policy Integration: Innovation and Change

Authors: Brendan Flynn and Pádraic Ó hUiginn, September 2019

Year: 2019

The EPIIC (Environmental Policy Integration: Innovation and Change) project explored the relevance of environmental policy integration (EPI) for Irish environmental governance. EPI involves bringing environmental concerns into all other policy sectors, notably into agriculture, energy and transport.

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Research 291: Assessing market and non-market values of Pollination Services in Ireland

Authors: Jane C. Stout, James T. Murphy and Saorla Kavanagh, September 2019

Year: 2019

The Pollival project used pollinators and pollination services, which have public and political appeal, as a case study for assessing the market and non-market values of ecosystem services.

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Research 289: Phosphorus from wastewater: Novel technologies for advanced treatment and re-use

Authors: Katrina A. Macintosh, Jason Chin, Daren McHugh, Jasmine Connolly, Juan Castilla Archilla, José Antonio Pícon, Pia McAleenan, John P. Quinn, Panagiotis Manesiotis, Vincent O’Flaherty, and John W. McGrath., September 2019

Year: 2019

This project reviewed the current state of the art with respect to Phosphorus (P) removal and recycling, assessed the potential of novel removal and recovery systems, and facilitated an All Island Phosphorus Sustainability Workshop.

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Research 288: A Review of Livestock Methane Emission Factors

Authors: Donal O’Brien and Laurence Shalloo, September 2019

Year: 2019

Teagasc and University College Dublin, with support from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inventory team, reviewed the livestock methane emission factors used in the national greenhouse gas inventory approach for the agriculture sector and assessed potential reduction strategies.

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Research 286: CON+AIR: Addressing Conflicts of Climate and Air Pollution

Authors: Eoin Ó Broin, Andrew Kelly, Gabriela Sousa Santos, Henrik Grythe and Luke Kelleher, September 2019

Year: 2019

The CON+AIR project presents two counterfactual scenarios for emissions and concentrations of air pollutants in Ireland in the year 2030.

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Research 283: Beyond Neoliberalism; Values and Sustainable Consumption Behaviour.

Authors: Dr Vivienne Byers and Dr Alan Gilmer, August 2019

Year: 2019

This desktop research project explores ways to advance understanding of the values and motivations that influence sustainable consumption behaviour in Irish society.

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Research 285: Nutrient Dynamics and Ecophysiology of Opportunistic Macroalgal Blooms in Irish Estuaries and Coastal Bays (Sea-MAT)

Authors: Ricardo Bermejo, Svenja Heesch, Moya O’Donnell, Nessa Golden, Michéal MacMonagail, Maeve Edwards, Edna Curley, Owen Fenton, Eve Daly and Liam Morrison, August 2019

Year: 2019

The Sea-MAT project aimed to understand the role of local environmental conditions in the development of green tides in Ireland.

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Research 281: Heavy Metal Recovery from Industrial Waste with Biosorbent Mesoporous Materials (BioMes)

Authors: Eoin Flynn, August 2019

Year: 2019

This project presents a method to cheaply produce high-capacity biosorbents from Irish brown seaweeds.

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Research 284b: Knowledge Transfer Guidelines and Recommendations for Irish Funding Agencies

Authors: M. Keegan Porter, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, Georgia Bayliss-Brown and David Murphy, July 2019

Year: 2019

Knowledge Transfer Guidelines and Recommendations for Irish Funding Agencies: How to Embed Knowledge Transfer Principles into Irish Funding Programmes to Help Maximise Measurable Impacts from Public Investments

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Research 284a: Research to Policy Impact through Effective Knowledge Transfer

Authors: M. Keegan Porter, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, Georgia Bayliss-Brown and David Murphy, July 2019

Year: 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency has funded research projects that have increased national understanding of our environment; the challenges it faces; and how Ireland can move towards a more resource-efficient and environmentally friendly economy. However, despite efforts to improve the communication of project findings, translating research into measurable impact remains a challenge for the scientific community.

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Research 282: Reducing Commercial Food Waste in Ireland

Sarah Broderick and Colum Gibson , July 2019

Year: 2019

Food waste is a global problem that has environmental, social and economic consequences. According to the hierarchy of waste management, prevention is the most favourable action to take when trying to manage food waste. The commercial sector, which refers to food wholesale, retail and service, accounts for 17% of food waste in European countries.

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Research 280: Developing the Potential of Third-level Campuses as Change Agents in Transition towards Sustainable Communities

Authors: Bernadette O’Regan, Richard Moles, Rachel Shawe and William Horan, June 2019

Year: 2019

In relation to experimentation with, and demonstration of, novel management approaches and technologies designed to enhance sustainability, higher education institution (HEI) campuses have been identified as ideal testing grounds, as they embrace a diverse population and act as a microcosm of wider society, and control space for demonstration projects.

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Research 279: The Role of Incentivising Biomethane in Ireland Using Anaerobic Digestion

Authors: Karthik Rajendran, Brian Ó Gallachóir and Jerry D. Murphy, June 2019

Year: 2019

Ireland’s renewable energy targets for 2020 include 16% renewable energy; this can be broken down to 40% renewable electricity, 12% renewable heat and 10% renewable transport. Owing to the commercialisation of wind energy, the progression of carbon-free electricity generation is under way; however, this is not the case for heat and transport.

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Research 278: Developing and Testing an Environmental Sensitivity Mapping Webtool to Support Strategic Environmental Assessment in Ireland

Authors: Ainhoa González Del Campo, Christina Kelly, Justin Gleeson and Eoghan McCarthy, June 2019

Year: 2019

Environmental sensitivity is a critical consideration in natural resource management. In the context of the legislative requirements for impact assessment, environmental sensitivity (or vulnerability) assessments present a framework for systematically determining the potential for significant adverse impacts.

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Research 277: Irish Climate Futures: Data for Decision-making

Authors: Conor Murphy, Ciaran Broderick, Tom K.R. Matthews, Simon Noone and Ciara Ryan, June 2019

Year: 2019

The realisation of a climate-resilient Ireland over the coming decades depends on decisions taken at all scales to adapt to climate change. Good decisions depend on the types and quality of information used to inform planning. Building resilience requires the diversification of the types of information used for understanding past and future climate variability and change, and a better understanding of the range of plausible changes.

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Climate Research Coordination Group: First Report on Activities: June 2017 - December 2018

Authors: This report has been prepared by the Climate Research Coordination Group with the assistance of Flannery Nagel Environmental Ltd. Edited by Frank McGovern, Alice Wemaere and Lisa Sheils (EPA). May 2019, May 2019

Year: 2019

This first report presents a summary of the Climate Research Coordination Group’s activities during an 18-month period from June 2017 to December 2018.