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.
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 ...
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.