Ours To Protect with John Morley (EP 36)

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Ours to Protect is a unique and exciting audio project – a collaboration of local and regional broadcasters from across the country who have come together to tackle climate change, champion climate action, and inform and educate audiences all over Ireland about how they can make a difference.

Today on ‘Ours To Protect’ John Morley talks to Conor Coyne, executive director at Kylemore Abbey, about their recent switch to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil Biofuel.

Did you know…

  • Kylemore Abbey recently announced the estate’s fleet of buses will be switching to HVO Biofuel, which will reduce their emissions by 87%?
  • Biofuels can be made from a variety of recycled materials, including used cooking oil and agricultural waste?
  • Modern biofuels are capable of delivering a similar performance to gasoline, making them a viable alternative for Kylemore Abbey’s bus fleet?

Why is it important to support businesses switching to biofuels?

  • Using biofuels can lead to cleaner air and improved public health as they emit fewer pollutants like nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.
  • There are also economic benefits, such as a reduced reliance on imports as biofuel can be made domestically.
  • Supporting businesses using biofuels will contribute to more research into renewable energy.

What can I do to help support businesses switching to biofuels?

  • The most direct way to show your support for a business using biofuels is to become a customer.
  • Engage with organisations that are promoting the use of biofuels.
  • Make sustainable personal choices like reducing your fuel consumption by using public transport, walking, and cycling.

Here’s a few websites if you want to know more!

Irish Bioenergy Association




Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland


For more info go over to galwaybayfm.ie, click on Our to Protect image on home page. You could try out the  ‘Ecological Footprint’ calculator and you can take a quick survey.

‘Ours To Protect’ brought to you by Galway Bay fm, the IBI and funded by Coimisiún na Meán with the television licence fee – check out ‘ours to protect.ie for more info.

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