Energy

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

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.

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.

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