Earlier this week the Government published its long anticipated Climate Action Bill and Low Development Bill to guide Ireland on its journey to a “climate resilient, biodiversity rich, environmentally sustainable and climate neutral economy". If you are motivated to do some light reading over the weekend, you can access all 27 pages of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 here: https://www.rte.ie/documents/news/2021/03/127957-ab70a65d-68c1-4947-983b-babf920cc4dc.pdf 

 

The Bill essentially sets out the legal framework for reducing Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions. It contains the National Climate Objective, which commits Ireland to achieve carbon neutral status no later than the end of 2050. This is a worthy but undoubtedly huge ambition for Ireland. It begs the question … How?

 

Carbon neutral status for Ireland will be achieved through a series of ‘carbon budgets’ that will be devised by the Climate Change Advisory Committee (CCAC). The CCAC will propose the carbon budget to the Minister for Climate Action, who in turn will present it to Cabinet for approval. Each Department Minister will be obliged annually to give an account of their actions under the plan to the committee and the committee may make policy recommendations on foot of this. 

 

These carbon budgets will effectively limit the allowable carbon carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emissions from each sector of the economy and will be evaluated in chunks of five-years periods. There will be interim targets, which involves a reduction of  greenhouse gas emissions of just over half of the overall target (51 per cent) over the course of the first two carbon budget periods, ending on 31 December 2030.

 

Significantly, local authorities must also develop their own climate action plans, which specify both the mitigation and adaptation measures it plans to adopt.

 

The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 is now open to public consultation and this consultation period will run for an eight-week period, up to May 18th 2021. Further details about the Bill, including details for public consultation submissions, are available here: https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/984d2-climate-action-and-low-carbon-development-amendment-bill-2020/ 




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STEPS Engineers Week 2021, which promotes engineering and the importance of the profession to school-aged children in Ireland, took place from February 27th to March 5th. This Engineers Ireland non-profit, outreach programme is designed to raise awareness of engineering as a potential future career. This is done through generating interest and enthusiasm for engineering in everyday life. Another key objective is to highlight the diverse opportunities that a career in engineering offers. However, the professional is suffering from a lack of diversity, not just in Ireland, but globally. 

 

 

Earlier this week, on International Women’s Day 2021, Engineers Ireland launched its Women in Engineering Group. The launch took place virtually at an International Women’s Day event, hosted by Engineers Ireland. A panel chaired by Susan McGarry, Managing Director or Ecocem Ireland, and made up of Maurice Buckley, the current President of Engineers Ireland, Caroline Spillane, Director General of Engineers Ireland,  Sarah Claxton, Organisational Development Manager with ESB and PJ Rudden, Chairman of the Innovation and Digital Adoption for Construction Sector Group.

 

The discussion tackled persistent industry issues impacting women, including the evidenced gender pay gap and the lack of women in key decision-making roles. This discussion was followed by an interactive Q&A session with the 130 delegates in attendance.



EI Women in Engineering Group

 

This new Engineers Ireland Women in Engineering Group welcomes engineers of all gender identities and backgrounds. The key aims of the group are to support women, pre- and post-graduation, including those returning from a career break, who have chosen to pursue a career in engineering. The focus will be on helping to develop core skills and competences and ensure that all interested participants have the opportunity to fully realise their potential, both in and out of the workplace.

 

The group is chaired by Georgina Molloy, who is a chartered structural and civil engineer with two decades of experience working in design consultancy in Ireland and Australia. She is one of the only chartered scaffold design engineers in Ireland and has been managing the design department at McCrory Access Solutions for more than 10 years.



The next Women in Engineering Group event will take place on International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June 2021, with additional events to follow throughout the year.


For further information on Engineers Ireland’s Women in Engineering Group and to join, visit: www.linkedin.com/groups/12495676/ or visit www.engineersireland.ie

Sammin Engineering’s facilities management and maintenance division provides a complete range of preventative and response maintenance for commercial property:

 

 

 

While life in Ireland might feel quite challenging at the moment, with the pandemic persisting and restrictions remaining in place for another six weeks at least, it is important to keep these challenges in context. Our team has been kept busy throughout this period of lockdown with essential maintenance works and, of course, preparing for our pipeline of work in 2021. Most importantly, with a nationwide vaccine plan being rolled out, we can see an end to the current challenges. For many people across the world, the solutions to their challenges are not so clear or accessible.

 

A number of years ago, some of the Sammin Engineering team flew to Cape Town, as part of a County Mayo contingency, to contribute to an important community build project. Volunteer-led construction projects like this require a huge amount of planning, fundraising and coordination to bring ideas and aspirations to life. While the effort is huge, the rewards are also huge when the end result is something so useful and critical to local life.

 

Over the course of 10 days, this group of volunteers delivered - from foundation to finish - a canteen that feeds 211 children each day. The team at Sammin Engineering were delighted to be involved in this project. Our team worked on the canteen fit out, which can be seen in the photo gallery below... 

 

Well done to all involved!

 

 

 

 

 

The team at Sammin Engineering are currently working with Coyne Group to upgrade the first alarm and emergency lighting across the entire development at Bloomfield Park. 

 

Bloomfield Park is a mixed development of almost 200 homes, located within the village of Donnybrook, in Dublin 4. Originally built in 2006 to a high specification, the development comprises one and two-bedroom well-designed apartments. 



The project delivery team for the recent upgrades included: 

 

Main Contractor - Coyne Group http://coynegroup.ie 

Project Manager - Val O Brien

Services Engineer - Proteus Consulting Engineers

Electrical Engineers - Sammin Engineering