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Transitioning to a low carbon future in the energy sector is of key importance globally.

27th January 2011

Further to the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission to the latest Corrib gas pipeline application , the Chair of An Taisce, Charles Stanley-Smith in commenting on the decision stated: “ An Taisce was very disappointed with An Bord Pleanála’s decision. An Taisce considers that the implications of this decision go far beyond the Corrib gas pipeline and have major repercussions for the status of implementation of European Directives in Ireland. In this instance An Taisce has concerns both in relation to Irish and European Law”

20th January 2011

An Taisce contends that the decision by An Bord Pleanála to grant permission to the latest Corrib gas pipeline application is fundamentally legally flawed on a number of grounds. Chair of An Taisce Charles Stanley-Smith in commenting on the decision stated:

15th March 2010

The following letter was sent to the Sunday Times and printed in their 14/03/2010 edition.

An Taisce, renewable energy and The Spirit of Ireland

Energy security is critically important to the future of the Country, yet currently half our energy generation relies on natural gas which is not only in limited supply but is imported through politically volatile countries. Ireland must also prepare for a future of scarce energy supplies and so An Taisce enthusiastically supports the government target to generate at least 40% of our electricity needs from renewable sources.

17th October 2009

Yesterday we learned that President Sarkozy proposes to introduce a Happiness Index to use in addition to the gross national product as a measure of the success of France’s economy and to guide their future policy.

It is interesting that this comes on the same day that the Dáil begins to debate the Government’s plan to restore liquidity into the banking sector and to set up an agency to manage the national assets that the Government will acquire in the process.

21st August 2009

From Kathryn Hayes - Irish Times Friday August 21st

Recession cannot shade climate crisis, event told

THE ENVIRONMENTAL crisis should not be overshadowed by the global downturn, delegates at the country’s first carbon neutral conference have been told.

More than 200 European delegates have gathered in Limerick for the four-day event focusing on the theme of “Christian Responsibility for the Environment and Investing Care in the Earth”. This is Ireland’s first carbon neutral conference and the largest ever gathering of Catholic theologians in the country.

1st May 2013

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland1, has launched judicial review proceedings in London to challenge the legality of UK Secretary of State Ed Davey’s decision2 to grant permission to build and operate a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in the Bristol Channel, Somerset, 150 miles from the Irish coast.

In papers issued in the High Court in London by lawyers Leigh Day, An Taisce challenges the legal compliance of the decision by the Government with the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the UK’s own regulations on transboundary impacts and consultation.

19th March 2009

"How much money does Dublin Bus expect to save by axing 120 buses?” asks An Taisce Environmental charity An Taisce says the company could lose as much as €12 million annually by cutting its fleet by 10 per cent

In the light of the forthcoming devastating cuts to the public transport network in Dublin, one of Europe’s most congested cities, An Taisce questions: How much does the Dublin Bus company think it will actually save by axing 120 buses?

6th March 2009

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland, have recently appointed an officer with specific responsibility for energy policy in Ireland. The new officer, Elizabeth Muldowney, brings to the organisation an incredible wealth of experience in energy and economic policy-making gained working in the private sector and with Sustainable Energy Ireland.

12th November 2013

An Taisce is calling on the EU to resist the delaying tactics of these car manufacturers and adopt the new global testing standard which will come available in 2014 and give consumers fuel test results that they can trust.

Reform is long overdue of the EU fuel consumption testing regime, which is open to large-scale manipulation by car manufacturers. A new global testing standard will be available from 2014. An Taisce is backing calls by Transport & Environment, a Europe-wide federation working to reduce energy use and emissions, for its adoption in the EU without delay.

30th June 2006

Corrib Pipeline consents may be in breach of EU law

Corrib Pipeline Consents may be in Breach of EU law because the Minister failed to specify a Code of Practice.

The consents for the Corrib pipeline issued by the Minister of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources are unique because that they do not legally oblige the Developer to comply with a pipeline code of practice and as such may be in breach of EU law.

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