Energy

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

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.

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:

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