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

31st January 2013

An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland asks Ministers Hogan and Varadkar to bring forward proposals to levy charges on out of town retail parking and for that levy to be passed on to car based customers of those out of town centre. An Taisce’s proposal will help level the playing field between town centre and out of town venues. An Taisce notes similar proposals by RGDATA in their report ‘Nightmare on every street, Town Centres, Car Parking and Smart Travel’.

7th February 2014

An Taisce welcomes this consultation period on the Low Carbon Roadmap for the Transport Sector and the opportunity to make a submission with regard to same.

1.0 Issues for Ireland:

1.1 National Emissions

1.2 Biofuels and Electric Vehicle Use

1.3 Transboundary Aviation and Shipping

2.0 International Actions for a Low Carbon Road Map

2.1 Take European and International Leadership in Negotiations

2.2 Develop Low Carbon Ireland/Britain Connectivity

3.0 National Actions for Low Carbon Road Map

12th November 2013

An Taisce welcomes this consultation period on the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive and the opportunity to make a submission with regard to same. Please acknowledge receipt of this submission.

20th December 2013

Use of “Roadmap” Rather than Legally Binding Annual Emission Reductions

7th January 2014

An Taisce has considered the Stage 1 Report provided for this consultation period and has identified the lack of integration of the proposal with:

  1. National energy policy (where an over-arching strategy has yet to be drafted and subject to an assessment including provision for a public consultation)

  2. The European Landscape Convention

  3. EU and national policy and legislation on natural and built heritage

  4. Compliance with International Conventions and the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive

3rd February 2014

Thank you for referring the above to An Taisce for comment. We would like to make the following comments which we request the Planning Authority (PA) take into consideration in the finalisation and adoption of the CDP, including the accompanying Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Article 6 Habitats Directive Assessment (HDA). We would also request that the PA make An Taisce known of any further consultation periods regarding the making of this CDP and issue An Taisce with notification of any future proposed amendments to the Draft CDP and notification of the final adopted CDP.

16th December 2013

Thank you for referring the above application to An Taisce for comment.

Given that the council has extended the lifetime of the South Tipperary County Development Plan 2009-2015, in accordance with the Planning and Development Acts 2000, as amended, until such time as the amalgamated councils in County Tipperary make a new development plan for the area(s). It is questioned whether a joint Renewable Energy Strategy should be pursued with North Tipperary in the first instance. In any case, An Taisce provides the following comments subsequent.

13th January 2013

Europe can effectively replace oil with renewable energy in transport without resorting to harmful biofuels, according to a new report by Dutch research institute CE Delft [1], commissioned by environmental groups. The report, Sustainable Alternatives for Land-based Biofuels in the European Union, explores scenarios that recommend a major EU policy shift, prioritising energy efficiency and speeding up the adoption of renewable electricity and sustainable biofuels such as those produced from waste and residues.

15th January 2013

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland is calling on the Government, in its role of EU President, to resist the attempts by the Canadian Government to have fuel derived from Bitumen or Tar Sands treated leniently in the EU Fuel Quality Directive (FQD). A delegation from the Canadian Government is due in Dublin on this Thursday 17th as part of a European tour to lobby to have the FQD changed in their favour.

17th December 2012

An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland, was today granted their application by the High Court for leave to judicially review a decision from the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government to grant a Foreshore Licence to Providence Resources Ltd for survey and drilling in Dublin Bay, in an area about 6 km off Dalkey.


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