• August 11, 2022

    Carbon dioxide causes the earth’s temperature to rise. According to the 2020 Global Status Report (GSR) for buildings and construction, 38% of total global energy-related CO2 emissions were generated from the construction industry in 2019 (UN, 2020). …

  • June 24, 2022

    “Water is one of the most essential substances on earth, critical for human health, the production of food and for industrial activity. The provision of clean drinking water and a reliable wastewater service, in a manner that protects the natural env …

  • April 29, 2022

    Flood risk is an area of global and national concern, with a vast history of flooding across Ireland. While flooding is a natural phenomenon, development within the floodplain has exacerbated the impact of flooding on people, the economy, and the env …

  • March 31, 2022

    The 1987 United Nations (UN) Brundtland Report defined sustainable development as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Forty-five years later, a recent report …

  • February 24, 2022

    The December 2015 Climate Conference in Paris (COP21) set as its target the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 20% between 2021 and 2030 across the European Union.  This target was increased to 30% in the Glasgow Climate Pact at COP26 in Novemb …

  • December 8, 2021

    Blanket bogs are the most extensive of Ireland’s peatlands, originally covering an area of c.7750km2, and accounting for 8% of the world’s blanket bogs. But why exactly are they so important…? Where did they come from? Bogs represent compacted mass …

  • November 24, 2021

    It is difficult to comprehend that across many countries worldwide there is severe drought and a scarcity of fresh drinking water, while here in Ireland we are prone to rainfall year-round and many of us have fresh drinking water from the turn of a t …

  • September 22, 2021

    Since the company’s foundation in 1952, TOBIN have a proud history of providing engineering services for the delivery of water supplies to rural Ireland. Until the 1950s piped water supplies only existed in Ireland’s towns and cities and public water …

  • August 19, 2021

    A couple of years ago now, I was talking to the caretaker of a public water supply scheme and he told me a story which I found both funny and thought provoking. I have found myself repeating the story, in order to make a point, on a number of occasio …

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