Climate Change

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23rd December 2016

The decision of An Bord Pleanála to extend the operating life of the Edenderry Peat and Biomass power plant to 2023 prejudices the current consultation on the National Mitigation Plan, which is going to need to recognise the need to start decarbonising our energy use immediately.

A previous decision granted by An Bord Pleanála was overturned by the High Court in 2015 on the grounds that the project did not comply with EU and National Environmental Impact Assessment law, because the effect of the continued peat extraction to fuel power the plant was not assessed.

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?

12th December 2016

Press Release: Embargoed until 4 pm Monday 12th December 2016

An Taisce Congratulates Trinity College Dublin Students on Their Successful Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

At 1:00 pm on Tuesday, at the front gates of the Dáil, all are welcome to join the Fossil Free TCD students to celebrate this divestment success and also to call for Government to divest from all public investments in fossil fuels.

9th December 2016

An Taisce's Response to Minister Naughten's Annual Low Carbon Transition Statement

Clarity and determination were needed but are missing from Ireland’s first Annual Low Carbon Transition Statement [Note 1]. Delivered to the Oireachtas by Denis Naughten, the Minister responsible for Climate Action. The Statement falls short in giving the detail required by the Climate Act, and it also fails to stress the urgent need for immediate action to ensure “substantial and sustained reductions in greenhouse gas emissions” required to limit climate change [Note 2]

19th November 2016

Cop22: Treading Water

18th November 2016

(This is the last of a series of Blogs from Marrakech by Ian Lumley giving his impressions of the event).

Climate Justice Day at COP22 Marrakech

17 Nov, was Climate Justice Day at COP22, and marked by a number of events with Mary Robinson taking a prominent role, and giving extensive interviews in the media area.

Alas Climate Justice principles featured little in the business industry and national Governments dominated presentations on which I have focused attendance over the last two weeks.

17th November 2016

COP22 Marrakesh: The Last Hurrah for 2 COP Champions

It is a time of uncertainty in many parts of the world right now, but also a time when familiar faces are going to fade into the background. COP22 has seen two stalwarts make their final appearance over the past 24 hours.

14th November 2016

(We will be publishing a series of Blogs from Marrakech by Professor John Sweeney, renowned Climate Scientist, previous President of An Taisce and member of An Taisce's Climate Change Committee giving his impressions of the event).

14th November 2016

(We will be publishing a series of Blogs from Marrakech by Ian Lumley giving his impressions of the event).

For more liveable cities - act on urban mobility NOW!

Sunday was not a day off at COP22. While the main venue shut up for the day, there was a choice of immersive individual issue focused conferences in the Marrakech Hotels.

12th November 2016

(We will be publishing a series of Blogs from Marrakech by Ian Lumley giving his impressions of the event).

Cultural Heritage as a Storehouse of Knowledge for Climate Adaptation - International National Trust Organisation INTO at COP22.

It is not widely known in Ireland that An Taisce is part of a great international movement of National Trusts working together under the International National Trust Organisation INTO umbrella.

All are membership based and rooted in the founding objective of the original UK National Trust in the late 19th Century:

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