Energy

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

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.

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.

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