An Taisce appreciates landscape is a complex phenomenon and agreeing on landscape values has become a contentious topic for the government, local authorities, stakeholders and public alike. There should now have been sufficient time for the government and others to reflect on the ‘Celtic Tiger’ era, including the changes it brought to the landscape and focus on how the country will face-up to protecting, managing and planning its landscape in the future.
Instead of investing in energy use conservation, efficiency and renewable alternatives, the global trend in energy has been to increase the extraction rate of large scale open cast coal mining and extend oil and gas exploration into new areas and introduce problematic new technologies. Energy companies are in an exploration race to secure a level of fossil fuel extraction which is incompatible with the level of decarbonisation required to stabilise global climate at 2ºC average surface temperature above pre-industrial levels.
An Taisce has responded to a consultation by the Department of the Taoiseach on the National Risk Assessment. The purpose of the National Risk Assessment is to identify the risks, both financial and non-financial, which Ireland faces and therefore ensure appropriate prevention and mitigation measures are introduced.
An Taisce has made a submission on the new Cork Port application to An Bord Pleanala under the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006. The application is largely a repeat of a previous proposal refused by An Bord Pleanála on 25th June 2008 (Ref: 04.PA0003), for development at Oyster Bank, Ringaskiddy.
Stand down of agreements to export renewable energy to the UK gives a vital window to address Ireland's energy needs.
In the wake of the announcement last week by the Minister for Energy, Communication and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte TD, that plans to export wind energy from Ireland to the UK are unlikely to go ahead in the short term , An Taisce has asked the Minister to advance a holistic energy plan for Ireland.
An Taisce - the National Trust for Ireland - today successfully obtained leave to take its Hinkley Point legal challenge to the Court of Appeal in London
At the end of a brief hearing in London this morning, An Taisce - the National Trust for Ireland - was granted leave to take its legal challenge regarding Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to the Court of Appeal. The case is likely to be heard before the end of the summer.
A letter from An Taisce's director James Nix featured today (29th May) in the Financial Times.
Sir, The EU should become a single purchaser for gas, suggests Donald Tusk, Poland’s prime minister (“Europe should unite to break Moscow’s grip on gas”, April 22). Mr Tusk also argues that “Europe should make full use of the fossil fuels available, including coal and shale gas”, adding that nations should not be prevented if they want to “extract minerals”.
To meet binding EU transport targets, Ireland imported 126 million litres of biofuel in 2013 – some 84% of the total 150m litres used here last year.
That’s according to An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland, which is drawing attention to the failure of EU biofuels policy to meet one of its key aims, namely, to boost self-sufficiency in terms of transport fuels.