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.
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.
"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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The EU's Renewable Energy Directive provides that Member States must (collectively) generate 20% of their energy from renewable sources by 2020. For transport the figure is set at 10%. On the surface this may seem to be a positive development. However, the policy is raising food prices, driving land grabs, and due to Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) may in fact be leading to increased greenhouse gas emissions. The root of the problem is that fuel crops are by default classified as renewable.