Category Archives: Sustainability Definitions

The A- Z of Sustainability Definitions. Helping you understand what is sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The key Sustainability Definitions include sustainability and pillars of sustainability.

Sustainability is about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. We need clean drinking water today but so too will our children. For this to happen, we need to stop polluting local water sources. We also need stop hoping someone else will clean it up for us and take action

When the word ‘sustainable’ is placed in front of another word, like sustainable food source, it means the item can always be provided at the same level. The word environment goes hand in hand with sustainability. However, the environment is only one of three pillars of Sustainability.

The Pillars of Sustainability are Social, Economic, and Environmental pillars.Each pillar works together, and one cannot work without the others. The three pillars work together to create a circular economy. The aim of sustainable living is to reduce waste. We need to find new and renewable methods of doing things that are economically viable but in an ethical manner.

Water Pollution and Solutions

Water pollution

What is water pollution? Water pollution is the release of harmful substances into rivers, lakes, ponds, underground, and seawater. Often in the form of chemicals or microorganisms, these substances invalidate the water usage by rendering it dangerous for human consumption and destroying flora and fauna within the ecosystem. Here you will find information on water pollution, […]

Macroinvertebrates indicate water quality

Macroinvertebrates as bioindicators for water pollution

What are Macroinvertebrates Macroinvertebrates are used extensively to indicate water quality determination.  These are small (most <10mm) animals that lack a backbone and are visible to the naked eye. They include insect larvae/nymphs, crustaceans, worms and snails.  They mainly reside among the substrates and vegetation at the bottom of the river or lake.  Some reside […]

Effects of air pollution on human health

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Air pollution can have a negative impact on human health. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that there are 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution. Diseases linked to pollution included; ischaemic heart disease, strokes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and lung cancer. Many of the diseases are linked to the Respiratory […]

What Is Wind Energy?

What is wind energy?

Wind energy provides a clean, sustainable solution to the world’s energy problems. It can be utilised as an alternative to fossil fuel fuels, creating electricity without the direct emissions of GHG. They produce no pollutants, effluent, or radioactivity waste.  All methods of power generation have an impact on the environment, but the effect of a […]

What is a Circular Economy?

Circular Economy Logos

In a nutshell, a circular economy is where nothing is disposed of, and nothing is wasted. All goods are packaged in minimal, recyclable packaging, and everything gets reused in some way. The reduction in waste and the need for landfills will be non-existent, and the land can be reclaimed and used for housing and growing […]

Waste Framework Directive (2008/98/EC)

Waste Ireland

The Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC was adopted on 20 December 2008 and published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 22 November 2008. It entered into force on 12 December 2008. Date of transposition into national legislation of the European Union Member States passed on 12 December 2010. It repealed the old Framework […]

What is Air Pollution?

What is Air Pollution

Due to Covid-19, several published reports are claiming air pollution has decreased as a result of the virus. Air pollution reduction is noticeable in urban areas across the world. The reports have stated that cities like Edinburgh are seeing up to a 50% reduction in Nitrogen Dioxide in some parts. What is air pollution? Air […]