Energy

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

6th June 2014

An Taisce has called on Government to widen the scope of its ‘roadmap’ for the built environment sector. An Taisce’s submission noted the the narrow definition of the “Built Environment“ which is unfairly limited to considering energy use in particular categories of buildings only. The proposed roadmap, under its current scope, will omit land-use and transportation related emissions as a consideration under the built environment.

27th May 2014

Five out of seven EU carmakers are on course to meet the EU fuel efficiency target set for 2021. However, BMW pulls up the rear and needs until 2024 to reach the target based on current data.

12th May 2014

According to figures from SEAI, the number of household energy retrofits has collapsed over the past three years, a trend which must be redressed as the first step in Minister Rabbitte’s new energy strategy, according to An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland.

The number of homes enhanced under the Better Energy Homes scheme has fallen almost four-fold, dropping from 47,000 in 2011 to only 12,000 in 2013. Similarly, the number of homes improved under the Warmer Homes programme has halved, declining from 20,400 in 2011 to just 9,800 in 2013.

16th May 2014

**By Dorothy Stewart, Green Home

20th March 2014

A UN environmental committee has written to the UK government raising concerns over lack of consultation with neighbouring states regarding the proposed Hinkley Point nuclear power plant. This could play a role in An Taisce's ongoing legal case over the plant.

18th February 2014

Questions over what to do with EirGrid's high voltage power cables continue, with concerns about tourism with the above-ground option, and economic issues regarding the underground option.

10th March 2014

An Taisce calls for a long-term energy strategy ahead of agreeing to export wind energy to the UK, and to avoid penalties for failing to meet obligations on energy emissions.

1st March 2014

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 [1], An Taisce has asked the Minister to advance a holistic energy plan for Ireland.

1st February 2014

Converting by-products to biofuel will deliver jobs - if a stronger policy framework is put in place: An Taisce

Converting by-products to biofuel, particularly residues from agriculture, forestry and food processing, can deliver a significant jobs boost, but only if the right policies are put in place now, according to An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland.

17th January 2014

An Taisce was today granted leave to challenge the permission given to Edenderry power station to continue burning peat until 2023

An Taisce has today been granted leave by the High Court to bring a judicial review regarding the peat-and-biomass power station at Edenderry, Co Offaly.

The plant burns up to 1.2 million tonnes of peat a year.

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