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Clare company gives lead in recycling

CLARE company Clean Ireland Recycling has introduced the first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) waste collection vehicles in Ireland. In a major partnership with Gas Networks Ireland, it has developed the country’s first fast-fill CNG refuelling station in Shannon, which was officially opened by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten. The company’s waste collection fleet will be fuelled from the station, with the CNG significantly lowering emission levels, compared to the traditional diesel engine trucks. Carbon dioxide will be down by 22%, nitrogen oxide by 70%, sulphur dioxide by 80% and there will be 99% less particulate matter. It will also deliver a cost saving of 35% to the company. Clean Ireland Recycling has also invested in specially-commissioned, lower-emission Scania CNG trucks and will continue to replace its existing diesel-powered fleet with CNG vehicles over the coming years. Speaking at the official opening, Minister Naughten said, “In fairness to Clean Ireland, they have been one of the leaders …

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EU boost for natural gas plant

THE proposed Shannon liquefied natural gas plant, between Tarbert and Ballylongford, County Kerry, across the estuary from Killimer, received much-needed EU support this week. MEP Seán Kelly secured the backing of his EU counterparts to prioritise the development of such energy supplies in Europe’s future gas strategy. As co-author of the European Parliament’s report EU Strategy for Liquefied Natural Gas and Gas Storage, Mr Kelly secured the backing of MEPs belonging to the parliament’s International Trade Committee, who voted in favour of supporting the development of LNG supplies, such as that which could be supplied from Kerry. “In 2015, 41% of gas imports from outside the EU came from Russia. Reducing dependence on Russian gas is vital for the EU and therefore, increasing our home-grown LNG supplies is essential,” said Kelly, EPP group spokesman for energy and specifically for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). In the report, Mr Kelly points to a Polish example whereby a new LNG terminal there will diversify …

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