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To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Coca–Cola Coast Care Awards, Live Here Love Here are calling for you to nominate your Coastal and Inland Waterway Hero!

Friday 1st September

Castlerock Walk Fest

Saturday 2nd September
Downhill Demesne and Hezlett House
N/A

Car Bazaar

Saturday 2nd September
Mount Stewart
Car £5, Van £10, Trailer £15

Autumn Book Fair at The Argory

Saturday 2nd September
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Bushcraft for Beginners

Saturday 2nd September
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£35 including a packed lunch

Rea’s Wood – Removal of Sycamore Trees in Wet–woodland

Sunday 3rd September
Rea’s Wood Antrim
Free

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Ards Beach Cleaning

Saturday 9th September
Strangford Lough meet at Portaferry
No Charge

NI Environment Week – Benburb Castle

Saturday 9th September
Benburb Castle
Free

NI Environment Week – Picnic with nature at Creggan Country Park

Saturday 9th September
Creggan Country Park

NI Environment Week – The Park After Dark – Creggan Country Park

Saturday 9th September
Creggan Country Park

NI Environment Week – Walk on the wild side – Creggan Country Park

Saturday 9th September
Creggan Country Park

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NI Environment Week – Brexit: The Future of the Environment in NI

Monday 11th September
Lough Neagh Discovery Centre
Free

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NI Environment Week – Batty about bats!

Wednesday 13th September
Rathfern Community Centre, Knockenagh Avenue, Carnmoney

NI Environment Week – Get your hands dirty!

Thursday 14th September
Various
Free

NI Environment Week – Creggan Heritage Trail for 50+ groups

Thursday 14th September
Creggan Country Park

NI Environment Week – Power from the Planet – Creggan Country Park

Friday 15th September
Creggan Country Park

Hedge Fun

Saturday 16th September
Minnowburn
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Wildlife Tracking

Saturday 16th September
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£45 including lunch

NI Environment Week – Food from the Hills, Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre

Saturday 16th September
Colin Allotments Healthy Living Centre
£5 per person (Belfast Hills Friends discounted rate of £3)

MCS Beachwatch

Sunday 17th September
Murlough NNR
No Charge

Foraging for Wild Foods and Medicine

Sunday 17th September
Tollymore Field Studies Centre
£40

Killard Point near Strangford – Beachwatch

Sunday 17th September
Killard Point
Free

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Blue Opportunities: The Marine Economy in the NPA

Thursday 21st September
Marine Institute, Rinville West, Oranmore, Galway
Free

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Jazz in the Garden at Mount Stewart

Sunday 24th September
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Brexit: Debating the Way Forward for Agriculture and the Environment in Northern Ireland

Friday 29th September
CAFRE, Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Rd, BT41 4PS
Free

Red Squirrel Day

Saturday 30th September
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Tea Blending

Saturday 30th September
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Energy

Northern Ireland has a significant renewable energy resource which urgently needs to be utilised to meet the Executive’s commitment to source 40% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

Energy

Northern Ireland has a significant renewable energy resource which, if harnessed appropriately, can contribute to addressing major social issues such as climate change, fuel poverty, energy security and rising energy costs.  NIEL therefore endorses a move away from fossil fuel derived energy and instead supports the development of a low carbon economy based on substantially increasing investment in renewable energy infrastructure. 

Since the beginning of this century there has been rapid growth in the use of land in Northern Ireland for renewable energy generation.  Approximately 15% of Northern Ireland’s annual electricity is now supplied from indigenous renewable sources.  However, considerable investment and cross–sectoral collaboration is required if Northern Ireland is to establish a truly low carbon economy  and fulfil the requirements of the Renewable Energy Directive and the targets included in the Northern Ireland Strategic Energy Framework (40% of electricity consumed from indigenous renewable sources by 2020).

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In 2014, the low carbon and renewable energy (LCRE) economy generated £46.2 billion turnover.

Consumption of renewable and waste sources reached a record high of 14.4 million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) in 2014, 7.1% of total energy consumption.

For the 12 month period from April 2015 to March 2016, 25.4% of total electricity consumption in Northern Ireland was generated from renewable sources located in Northern Ireland

In the year ended 31 March 2013, 10,002 homes benefited from the ‘Warm Homes Scheme’ grants, amounting to almost £14.7 million.

The percentage of homes with central heating has risen from 95% in 2001 to 99% in 2011. Gas has seen the largest increase in installations, increasing almost five fold from 2001 to 2011.

The potential annual value of the renewable market to Northern Ireland is estimated to be almost £2bn per annum by 2020.

The total installed wind farm capacity for 2013 was 531.4MW – enough to power 345,410 homes.

Gas central heating was most likely to be used as the sole means of central heating by households in the Greater Belfast area.

Households in Northern Ireland are very dependent on oil for central heating. Oil is used by 62 per cent of households as the sole means of central heating, while gas is used by only 17 per cent of households.

The percentage of homes with central heating has risen from 95% in 2001 to 99% in 2011. Gas has seen the largest increase in installations, increasing almost five fold from 2001 to 2011.

The Offshore Renewable Energy Strategic Action Plan 2012–2020 has identified the opportunity to develop up to 900MW offshore wind and 300MW tidal energy [within NI territorial waters] by 2020.

Northern Ireland has significant offshore renewable energy resources. The development of these resources will not only contribute to the Strategic Energy Framework goal of 40% renewable electricity by 2020, but will increase security of supply and offer significant potential for job creation.

In the period 1st April 2011 to 31st July 2012, the UK as a whole saw £6.9bn investment in renewable energy and 20,848 green jobs.

From 1st April 2011 to 31st July 2012 (latest data available), Northern Ireland saw £230m investment in renewable energy and the creation of 887 green jobs.

The low carbon subsectors account for 39% of total green employment; the renewable energy subsectors account for 38% of total green employment and the environmental sector accounts for 25% of total green employment.

Northern Ireland renewable electricity target is 40% by 2020 and a 4% renewable heat by 2015.

The targets the EU has set for Member States include a minimum cut of 20% in GHGs by 2020, with the U.K. setting itself the aim of achieving an 80% cut from 1990 levels by 2050.

NIE estimates that around £1 billion of grid investment is likely to be required to support a target of 40% renewable electricity.

In total, Northern Ireland currently spends £2.3 billion annually on energy – 99% of that energy comes from imported fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas.

The current heat demand in Northern Ireland has been estimated at 17.4 TWh, of which around 300 GWh, or 1.7%, is met from renewable sources.

The Northern Ireland low–carbon and environmental sector employed 31,714 in 2010/11, equivalent to 3% of total UK employment in the sector. Between 2009/10 and 2010/11 the sector saw a 2.8% increase in employment.

The low–carbon subsectors account for 39% of total green employment; the renewable energy subsectors account for 38% of total green employment and the environmental sector accounts for 25% of total green employment.

The Carbon Trust estimate the creation of between 8,470 and 33,124 jobs from renewable energy by 2020, should targets for renewable energy be met.

From 1st April 2011 to 31st July 2012 Northern Ireland saw £230m investment in renewable energy and the creation of 887 green jobs.

In the period 1st April 2011 to 31st July 2012, the UK as a whole saw £6.9bn investment in renewable energy and 20,848 green jobs.

The Offshore Renewable Energy Strategic Action Plan 2012–2020 has identified the opportunity to develop up to 900MW offshore wind and 300MW tidal energy (within NI territorial waters) by 2020.

3426 planning applications for renewable energy proposals have been received for the period 2002/12.

The number of R.E. applications received in 2002/03 stood at 31. Since then there has been an almost 27–fold increase to 822 applications received in 2011/12, the highest annual figure recorded over the period.

Of the 687 R.E. decisions that were made in 2012/2013 (to end–Feb) 89% were approved.

Omagh Local Government District (LGD) had the highest number of R.E. applications in 2012/13 with 100, closely followed by Fermanagh LGD with 91. These two LGDs, taken together, account for over one–quarter (27%) of all NI R.E. applications in that year.