Transport

It is well known and accepted that walking and cycling are better for our health than driving, and that using public transport cuts congestion and is better for the environment. We need to use this knowledge to inform our choices.

13th September 2018

The Built Environment unit of An Taisce took time over the summer to review the very popular database for structures at risk, which was originally released in November 2014. In this we are tracking some 120 buildings and structures at risk which were considered significant nationally and regionally and required intervention to prevent further deterioration. While there has been progress in securing certain buildings particularly in the Dublin City area, the majority of buildings recorded remain at risk and are becoming increasingly lost.

10th November 2017

The substance of An Taisce’s submission is to climate proof the 4 over-riding goals, the 70 objectives, the 10 points of strategic infrastructure and 8 listed visions, pointing to the inconsistencies and the dangerous impact some of the policies will have on increasing rather than reducing greenhouse gas emissions, on damaging biodiversity and on being wasteful of scarce resources.

10th November 2017

Submissions are due today on the draft National Planning Framework – Ireland 2040 Our Plan [1]

An Taisce’s submission[2] acknowledges the proposals to consolidate development in our cities, towns and villages to avoid wasteful sprawl and promote walkable communities that encourage healthy life styles and civil society.

However, Ian Lumley, Advocacy Officer, An Taisce stated “It is essential that the NPF acknowledges a global environment of increasing climate impact and ecological destruction."

2nd November 2017

This Saturday morning the Citizens Assembly will consider climate emissions from transport.

In advance, Thomas Earl and James Nix at Transport & Environment, a pan-EU NGO based in Brussels which works to make transport cleaner and safer, take a close look at Ireland's transport emissions profile.

Mapping out the need to cut emissions by 30% by 2030, they explore what can be delivered by EU policy on the one hand, and domestic action on the other. And they offer some insights into what needs to happen now.

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.

31st March 2017

A new National Planning Framework entitled, ‘Ireland 2040’, is currently being developed by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. This is intended to succeed the National Spatial Strategy. It will provide a framework for national planning, pulling together relevant Government policies and investment on national and regional development. The focus will be on economic development and investment in housing, water services, transport, communications, energy, health and education infrastructure.

12th December 2016

What is the National Planning Framework?

The National Planning Framework (NPF) is a successor to the National Spatial Strategy 2002. In short, the NPF will be a broad national plan set out by the Government that will establish a long term, 20+ year strategy for spatial development in Ireland. The NPF currently being drawn up, will have a direct influence on strategic planning for the entire country until 2040.

Why is the NPF important?

24th October 2016

Continued investment in and enhancement of Ireland’s rail and bus network is essential if we are to have any prospect of transitioning our national transport system to a sustainable, resilient model, according to An Taisce.

16th September 2016

In response to the consultation by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport of the Independent Review of Airport Charges Regulations in Ireland, An Taisce have raised concern with the lack of reference of climate mitigation in airport regulation.

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport need to address, as a preliminary legal matter, compliance of the content of the consultation documentation informing this consultation, with the obligations on the Department under Section 15 Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015.

16th September 2016

In response to the consultation on Process for Consideration of Supplementary Capex Allowance, An Taisce submit that it is a matter of fact that Commission Paper 5/2016 has failed to make any reference to consideration of climate mitigation in airport capital investment.

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