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Episode 6

Eco Eye Series 10 – Episode 6
Broadcast on RTÉ One at 7pm on 7th February 2012
Programme 6: Wood, District Heating and Ecotourism

Part 1 of 3 – Wood

Part 2 of 3 – District Heating – Tralee and Austria

Part 3 of 3 – Eco Tourism – Green Hospitality in Cork

About this Episode
It is important to understand the benefit of using wood both as a construction material, and as a fuel, this week we look at these benefits, and also at the importance of responsible forestry. Eco Eye also takes a visit to Tralee this week, where an exciting new district heating system is being put in place. The system is comparable to efforts in Austria, so we also head back there once more.

In this episode Tania visits Cork, to experience the green award winning Garryvoe Hotel. She also checks out some of the local attractions.

Dr. Kevin Black (UCD) Dr. Black explains the process of carbon sequesterisation and how trees help our atmosphere.

Dr. Brian Tobin (Carbifor II) – Dr. Tobin discusses the work of Carbifor research group who examine exactly how much carbon trees remove from our atmosphere (

Dr. Matthew Saunders (Carbifor II) – Dr. Saunders delves further into the benefits provided by trees (

Dr. Annette Harte (NUI Galway) – Dr. Harte points out the benefits of using timber as a building material.
Tom Curran – Tom explains how the Tralee District Heating came to be (

Tim McSwiney – Tim describes the benfits of the district heating system (

Edwin Stryker (North Kerry Woodchip) – Edwin explains exactly where Tralee gets its heating fuel from (

Sebastian Schuller – Sebastian talks to Duncan about the district heating project in Salzburg, Austria (

Stephen Belton (Garryvoe Hotel) – Stephen discusses the green credentials of the Garryvoe Hotel and how it helps business (

Maurice Bergin (Green Hospitality Programme) – Maurice tells us about how the Green Hospitality programme encourages businesses to go green (

John McLaughlin (Fota Wildlife Park) – John tells Tania all about the work done in Fota, not just as an attraction for tourists, but as a big player in many conservation schemes (