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Single–Use Plastic Products Policy Development and Learnings from Life Cycle Assessment

Tuesday 6th October
Online
Free

Saving and Generating Energy – the Co–operative Way

Tuesday 6th October
Online
Free

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TEDxStormont COUNTDOWN

Saturday 10th October
Online

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Autumn Nature Immersion – 6 Week Online Course

Monday 12th October
Online
£65.27

Climate injustice: transforming many small actions into a collective response

Tuesday 13th October
Online
Free

Maximising Opportunities for Outdoor Learning

Wednesday 14th October
Online

Soil to Catchment Management of Agricultural Nutrients

Thursday 15th October
Online
Free

Planning for Involving Volunteers at Events – How are things going in light of Covid–19?

Thursday 15th October
Online
Free

Standardising environmental and social impact in land–use investment

Thursday 15th October
Online
Free

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Single–Use Plastic Products Policy Development and Learnings from Life Cycle Assessment Part 2

Tuesday 20th October
Online
Free

SKILLS MATCH WEBINAR | Communication Tools for Effective Leadership & Project Management

Wednesday 21st October
Online
Free

Community Energy: Its role in the future of NI’s energy system.

Wednesday 21st October
Online
Free

Impacts of the environment, nutrient loading and other human pressures on life in rivers and lakes

Wednesday 21st October
Online
Free

Priorities for NI infrastructure – economic recovery post COVID–19, funding and delivery, and the role of City and Growth Deals

Wednesday 21st October
Online
See website for details

Understanding Fuel Poverty and the implications for Health and Wellbeing

Thursday 22nd October
Online
Free

EEA COVID Debate No: 4 – COVID–19 and Nature –– The Planetary Boundaries

Thursday 22nd October
Facebook Live
Free

UK higher education and net zero – the curriculum, collaboration, and sustainable estates and practices

Thursday 22nd October
Online
See website for details

Changing the Focus – wildlife recording during lockdown

Friday 23rd October
Online
Free

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Reducing Carbon Usage Online Talk: XRNI with Jim Woods

Sunday 25th October
Online
Free

Halloween at Clifton Street Cemetery

Monday 26th October
Clifton Street Cemetery
£8

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Where the land meets the sea – a holistic approach towards the sustainable management of the marine environment and natural resources

Wednesday 28th October
Online
Free

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Modernising and Decarbonising Energy in the UK Forum

Friday 30th October
Online
Private Sector £292.50 +VAT Central Government £247.50 +VAT Local Government £225.00 +VAT Emergency Services/NHS £225.00 +VAT Higher Education £225.00 +VAT Voluntary Sector/Not for Profit £225.00 +VAT Concessionary Rate

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Transport

The private car continues to dominate day–to–day travelling in Northern Ireland, with 73% of our journeys being made by car. Public transport and active travel infrastructure is crucial to delivering sustainable solutions for connected infrastructure across Northern Ireland.

Transport

A better integrated transportation system has the potential to help economic prosperity and health and well–being through improved connectivity, reduced congestion, improved journey time and reliability, and increased accessibility.

A dispersed rural settlement pattern combined with Belfast being the primary employment hub in Northern Ireland, places considerable stress on the main transport corridors. Therefore public transport is essential for tackling endemic car dependency which amongst other benefits, will help improve air quality. Other global cities have banned certain cars from entering the city on certain days, increased parking prices, reduced the price of public transport, introduced toll roads, extended pedestrianised areas and adopted light rail/tram systems. 

Investment and expenditure is still disproportionately orientated towards roads–based measures. Investment in public transport here is just half the proportion of that in England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. Whilst recent investment in public transport has produced encouraging results in Northern Ireland, much more should be done.

This continued over–reliance on the private car has an increasingly negative impact on Northern Ireland’s environment. Transportation currently accounts for approximately 25% of man–made greenhouse gas emissions here and it is also the sector which continues to experience significant increases in emissions.

NIEL provides a secretariat service to the Transport Working Group, which meets when required to advocate shared policy positions and advocate a more sustainable approach to transport in Northern Ireland.

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Between 2013 and 2014, diesel use increased by 3.3%, whereas petrol use decreased by 2.0%.

The prevalence of driving to work is highest amongst residents of rural constituencies, notably Strangford, Mid Ulster and North Antrim, and lowest in Belfast, particularly Belfast West and Belfast North.

Ten per cent of Northern Ireland residents aged 16 to 74 who were in employment worked mainly at or from home. A further 7.7 per cent usually walked to work, while 4.8 per cent travelled by bus, and 1.3 per cent by train. 3.4 per cent used other methods.

Residents living in rural constituencies were more likely than their urban counterparts to work from home.

58 per cent of people aged 16 to 74 years who were in employment usually drove a vehicle to work. A further 10 per cent were members of a car or van pool, while 4.9 per cent usually travelled to work as a passenger in a car or van.

On average, Northern Ireland residents travelled 5,888 miles per year.

The longest average journeys lengths were on Northern Ireland Railways (20.8 miles), although we only made an average of 5 of these per person per year.

GHG emissions from the Transport sector in NI have increased by 26% despite improvements in efficiency of transport vehicles, as a result of strong growth in transport demand and increased affordability of cars.

65% of transport emissions come from cars.