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Carnegie Oldpark – European Heritage Open Days

Saturday 10th September
Carnegie Oldpark Library, 46 Oldpark Road, Belfast BT14 6FR
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Horizon 2020 Information Day & Brokerage Event “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials”

Wednesday 14th September
European Commission, Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170, Brussels
See website for details

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Environment Ireland – State of Ireland’s environment 2016

Thursday 22nd September
Croke Park, Dublin
See website for details

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NIEL Annual Conference 2016 – Delivering Prosperity Through The Environment

Friday 30th September
Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office, Corporation Square, Belfast BT1 3AL
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Plastic bag levy from 2013 30 January 2012

A plastic bag levy will come into force in Northern Ireland from April 2013.  The levy, which applies to single use bags, will introduce a 5 pence charge, which will rise to 10 pence in April 2014.

There would be no charge for multi–use bags in 2013 – but they will cost 10 pence from 2014.

The minister said 10 civil service jobs would be relocated to Londonderry to administer the levy.

Authorities in the Republic of Ireland estimate that, following the introduction of the charge there, consumption of plastic bags fell by 90% from initial consumption on 1.2 billion bags per year or around 328 per person.  The charge has also raised over 173 million euros for the exchequer in the Republic.

Approximately 200 million bags are currently used in Northern Ireland every year.

Read the story in full here.