Energy

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

29th May 2013

They are all at it but BMW is the worst offender with Audi & Mercedes not far behind in a rogue’s gallery of EU fuel consumption figure manipulators.

An Taisce is calling on the EU to resist the delaying tactics of these car manufacturers and adopt the new global testing standard which will come available in 2014 and give consumers fuel test results that they can trust.

1st May 2013

An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland1, has launched judicial review proceedings in London to challenge the legality of UK Secretary of State Ed Davey’s decision2 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, An Taisce challenges the legal compliance of the decision by the Government with the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive and the UK’s own regulations on transboundary impacts and consultation.

8th April 2013

Poor air quality contributes to 3,400 premature deaths and costs Ireland up to €6.3 billion a year An Taisce has revealed.

An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland has written to Phil Hogan TD the Minister of the Environment and James Reilly TD the Minister of Health asking them to use Ireland's EU Presidency to deliver better air quality for Europe.

"The figures for Europe as a whole are frightening", according to James Nix, Policy Director with An Taisce: "420,000 premature deaths and up to €790 billion in economic costs due to poor air quality".

21st March 2013

The EU needs to reform its car testing system which currently produces delusional fuel economy figures because it's so easy to manipulate, according to the National Trust for Ireland.

Fuel use in new cars is 23 per cent above car manufacturers' claims - as are emissions levels - according to An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland, because loopholes in the EU's procedures for testing new cars are so large and gaping that car makers can drive a coach-and-four through them.

26th February 2013

The employment growth in the green economy, so desperately needed, will not be happen with such a lame bill.

The Heads of the Climate Change Bill agreed at Cabinet today represent a gutless reaction to tackling Ireland’s greenhouse emissions problem. The lack of targets means that this is a toothless bill.

On a per capita basis Ireland is one of the worst greenhouse gas emitters in the world and bears a responsibility, more than most, to address this.

26th February 2013

Aviation is too privileged and doesn't pay enough tax, according to Environment Committee of the European Parliament.

The European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted this morning for an amendment which affirms that aviation is too privileged, gets too much State Aid, and criticises the failure of the sector to pay any fuel tax or VAT.

Commenting on the vote An Taisce's James Nix said that:

13th February 2013

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland, welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Finance that there will be an exemption from property tax for the renovation of Georgian Houses and those adapted for the handicapped.

But what about people who ‘improve’ the energy efficiency of their houses?

The construction industry has collapsed except for unfortunately unsustainable one-off house construction in rural areas and the welcome and the very sustainable energy upgrading of existing homes.

13th February 2013

Dublin seminar to hear Kenyan expert call for reversal of EU biofuels policy.

A seminar at the IIEA in Dublin today will hear from David Barisa of ActionAid Kenya. David works with Kenyan communities affected by disposition to make way for industrial biofuel production – and fending off such attempts.

David worked successfully with the Malindi community to stop an Italian company establishing an industrial biofuel plantation in Dakatcha woodland in Kenya’s coastal region.

12th February 2013

The Heads of Bill of a Climate Change bill were to be produced by Phil Hogan T.D. the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government today. Seemingly it did not go in front of Cabinet today.

Now is an opportunity for the Minister to include targets in his Climate Change Bill. An Taisce will denounce any Bill that does not include targets as ‘Gutless’ and ‘Toothless’.

12th February 2013

The Heads of Bill to be produced by Phil Hogan T.D. the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government on the 12th February 2013, will represent a gutless reaction to tackling Ireland’s greenhouse emissions problem. On a per capita basis, Ireland is one of the worst greenhouse gas emitters in the world. Ireland bears a moral responsibility to address this. An Taisce is calling on Minister Hogan to include targets in his Climate Change Bill.

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