Air

The air we breathe is affected by all sorts of potentially polluting activities. Poor air quality leads to premature deaths and huge economic costs.

6th May 2017

Action on air pollution needed for public health and quality of life in Ireland.

Ireland faces growing breaches of World Health Organisation(WHO) air pollution standards, in particular through the increase in number of diesel cars which release fine particulate matter.

19th April 2017

In May 2016, the Commission launched the Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), an analysis over a period of two years aimed at improving the implementation of existing EU environmental policy and legislation. As a first step, the Commission drafted reports on the 28 member states, in order to identify environmental challenges and opportunities. The aim in producing these reports has been to bring about communication over common environmental challenges within the EU and also the best ways to address major issues in implementation.

13th January 2017

The diesel emissions scandal, which started with Volkswagen, is now sweeping across the entire motor industry, with Renault, and Fiat Chrysler among the latest big name brands to be accused of cheating emissions tests.

What this proves, once and for all, is that diesel engines are too dirty – and dangerous to human health – to be allowed to continue to enjoy low tax rates (11 cent per litre less than petrol) and cheaper prices at the pumps, according to An Taisce, which also favours banning diesel vehicles from built-up areas, including Dublin city centre.

9th August 2016

An Taisce are pleased to note that the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is currently preparing a new Statement of Strategy for 2017 – 2019. This key policy document will define the "strategic direction, high level goals and objectives" on which the Department will focus for that period and “It will also identify key performance indicators to help the Department monitor its progress and ensure that what is set out in the document is being delivered.”

2nd March 2015

The cost of energy to lower income groups and the decarbonisation of energy sources are a major scientific, public policy and fiscal challenge. The consultation document refers to the extensive research and data available on energy poverty. There are ESRI and reports outlining the energy poverty issues, but no solution or action plans are in place. This fuel poverty issue is repeatedly highlighted by NGOs such as St Vincent de Paul.

11th June 2014

A real chance to reduce premature deaths from air pollution

An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland, is calling on Minister Hogan to support stronger air pollution standards at tomorrow’s meeting (12 June) of the EU Environment Council in Luxembourg.

If EU Ministers agree, citizens will benefit from improved limits on medium-scale power plants (between 1MW and 50MW), and a more ambitious new National Emissions Ceiling (NEC) Directive, a critical piece of EU-wide air quality legislation.

8th April 2013

Poor air quality contributes to 3,400 premature deaths and costs Ireland up to €6.3 billion a year An Taisce has revealed.

An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland has written to Phil Hogan TD the Minister of the Environment and James Reilly TD the Minister of Health asking them to use Ireland's EU Presidency to deliver better air quality for Europe.

"The figures for Europe as a whole are frightening", according to James Nix, Policy Director with An Taisce: "420,000 premature deaths and up to €790 billion in economic costs due to poor air quality".

Climate change and fossil fuel dependence are the biggest and most defining interrelated challenges of our time. We are currently experiencing an environmental and resource crisis that places human development at a crossroads. The consequences of climate change and fossil fuel extraction and combustion are becoming increasingly visible and are being exacerbated by unsustainable economic growth. The effects of these challenges are, and will continue to be, multi-faceted and systemic.

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