Energy

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

15th January 2014

Responding today to the release of the Draft Peatlands Strategy, An Taisce has said that the Draft National Peatlands Strategy does not reflect scientific advice and is not evidence-based.

The draft treats science - and the scientific consensus on the future prospects for humanity without action on climate change – as capable of being bargained away, traded against, or ‘balanced’ against other factors. Such a view is the stuff of fantasy.

8th January 2014

An Taisce’s submission to Eirgrid’s Gridlink - Consultation on the Stage 1 Report

An Taisce today calls on the Government to produce a national energy policy that clearly outlines how the energy requirements of future generations can be met in the face of climate change. Further, the lack of national legislation, policy or guidelines for the European Landscape Convention means there is no basis on which to assess the impact of the project on the landscape.

Lack of National Energy Policy

6th January 2014

Urgent energy demand reduction and legally binding greenhouse gas (GHG) limits are essential for humanity's long-term survival.

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland, has today called on Government to amend its ‘roadmap’ for electricity generation. An Taisce’s submission to the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources calls for energy demand reductions and legally-binding greenhouse gas limits to slow climate change and provide hope for future generations.

Energy Demand Reductions:

20th December 2013

The High Court of England and Wales handed down its judgment today in An Taisce's case regarding Hinkley Point nuclear power station. The case relates to the legality of the decision last March by Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, granting Development Consent (permission) for the construction and operation of Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station some 150 miles from the Irish coast. This decision was taken without the public in Ireland being consulted.

10th December 2013

Ireland imports 80 times more biofuel from low-income Guatemala than it grows on its own soil

EU biofuels policy is provoking human rights abuses, including mass land clearances in poorer countries[]i[].

ActionAid and An Taisce warn that there is risk of the situation becoming far worse, depending on the outcome of a key 12th Dec vote of EU energy ministers.

5th December 2013

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland challenges ‘unlawful’ UK Nuclear Decision in London High Court

An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland – will go to the High Court in London on Thursday December 5th 2013 for the start of a two-day hearing to challenge the legality of the UK’s decision to grant permission to build and operate a new, two-reactor nuclear power station at Hinkley Point, Somerset, 150 miles from the Irish coast.

21st November 2013

An Bord Pleanála acted against the national interest in granting permission to Edenderry power station to keep burning peat until 2023.

“A sad departure that An Bord Pleanála is now taking decisions contrary to the national interest”, says An Taisce, pointing to the 2011 Government report noting that "the continued carbon emissions from peat-burning are contrary to the national interest".

19th November 2013

An Taisce queries legality of Bord na Móna’s bog licences - A mere nine licences for 166 bogs

An Taisce - the National Trust for Ireland - has written to the EPA to question the small number of licences held by Bord na Móna for its vast industrial peat operations.

Under Irish law, operators of certain large industrial processes with major polluting potential must obtain an IPC (Integrated Pollution Control) licence from the EPA. The operator must then monitor various factors, including dust, air and water emissions.

9th October 2013

An Taisce calls for strong Climate Change Bill and re-evaluation of the sustainability of Food Harvest 2020.

An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland – expressed concern at today’s release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) report showing that greenhouse gas emissions increased by 1% in 2012. To counter this, An Taisce calls on the government to deliver a strong Climate Change Bill with binding targets and to re-evaluate the sustainability of Food Harvest 2020.

18th September 2013

Parking levy on out-of-town retail outlets would raise more than €16m a year - An Taisce's Pre-Budget submission

Implementing Government policy for a parking levy to help level the playing field between out-of-town retail outlets and town centre shops would yield at least €16m a year, An Taisce has told Government in its pre-budget submission.

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