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

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.

10th September 2013

Ireland leaps to 7th best in EU, up from 14th, as more efficient cars sell better, according to Transport & Environment report

The main findings of Transport & Environment’s 2013 cars and CO2 report pertaining to Ireland are:

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.

20th October 2013

An Taisce will go to the High Court in London in December to seek a judicial review challenging the legality of the decision by Ed Davey, the British energy minister, to grant permission to build the plant, which will be 150 miles from the Irish coast ...

25th October 2013

You are invited to the screening of "Fossil Free Europe" in DCU on Fri Nov 1 at 7.15pm

An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland is supporting the screening of "Fossil Free Europe" in DCU on Friday, 1st November at 7.15pm. The film Calls for divestment from fossil fuels.

Backing the initiative in Ireland, James Nix, An Taisce's policy director, has said that "fossil fuel deposits, once their real costs are factored in, are more valuable left in the ground".

In May 2013 An Taisce launched judicial review proceedings in London to challenge the legality of UK Secretary of State Ed Davey’s decision 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, we challenged the legality of the decision by the UK Government with reference to (amongst other things) the EU's Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the UK’s own regulations on transboundary impacts and consultation.


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