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Xylem welcomes new MD

Xylem has announced the appointment of Jason Howlett as its new Managing Director for the UK and Ireland, overseeing both the sales and services divisions of the business.
 
Jason boasts 18 years’ experience in the water industry where has been involved in operating and maintaining some of the largest assets in the UK water industry, most notably spending 16 years with Severn Trent Water.
 

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Minister Eoghan Murphy asks the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities to carry out review of the Eastern and Midlands Water Supply Project

The Water Services Act 2013 requires the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, in conjunction with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, to provide consent for all commitments for capital expenditure above a certain threshold.

Given the scale and importance of the Eastern and Midlands Water Supply Project and recognising the CRU’s statutory role as independent economic regulator of Irish Water, including its role of reviewing Irish Water’s capital investment plans, the Minister has today (18th October) requested the CRU to undertake the review to support the Minister’s Decision in relation to the capital consent that will be required in the event that planning approval is obtained for the project. The request to the CRU is consistent with the CRU’s role under Section 40 of the Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 to advise the Minister on the development and delivery of water services.

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Department Publishes Detailed Housing Activity / Social Housing Data on a Council-by-Council basis

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government has collated detailed housing figures in relation to each local authority area.

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LEV Taskforce shows public appetite for Electric Vehicles

Car buyers have responded well to the expanded range of incentives in place arising from the work of Phase 1, Electric Vehicles, of the Low Emission Vehicles Taskforce. Based on purchases to September (1,700+), it is likely that over 2,000 full battery EVs will be purchased in 2018, up from 950 in 2017.
 
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross T.D., and the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. welcomed publication of the first Progress Report of the Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Taskforce having presented the Phase 1 Report to Government. Beginning work in late 2016, the LEV Task Force is looking at a range of measures and options to help accelerate the move to LEVs in Ireland. Phase 1 focused on electric vehicles (EVs).

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Irish Government Award Bluesky a Contract to Supply Geographic Data

The Department for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), has awarded Bluesky Ireland, a specialist in aerial mapping, a contract to supply high resolution aerial photography and digital height models. Applications of the Bluesky data are expected to include rural farm payment schemes and forestry management.
 
As an Irish government department, DAFM’s mission is to lead the sustainable development of a competitive, consumer focused agri-food sector and to contribute to a vibrant rural economy and society. Data delivered to DAFM by Bluesky includes the most up to date aerial photography, colour infrared imagery and a Digital Surface Model (DSM). The three year contract covers data for the whole of the Republic, around 80,000 square kilometres including off-shore islands.

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