No to Cañete - no Petrol-Head in charge of EU climate action

Issued in campaign actions.

No to Canete

The proposed EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy is steeped in the oil industry. He must be replaced. Please email your MEPs. Can't remember who they are? Check here before taking the action: http://www.europarl.ie/en/your_meps.html

Briefing on EU Energy Efficiency for Milan informal ministerial meeting

Issued in publications on October 01, 2014.

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Nobody can doubt the benefits of an ambitious energy efficiency
target for 2030. EU gas imports are expected to fall by just 9% with
a 25% efficiency target, but by 22% with a 30% target and by 40%
with a 40% target. As the Financial Times puts it, roof insulation is
“Europe’s secret weapon” against dependency on imported gas.
New data also predicts big economic and employment gains with
higher ambition (you will see detailed numbers for Ireland in this
briefing). Europe currently wastes €500 billion a year on oil and gas
imports. Far better to invest that money in energy efficiency and
renewables!

What about the costs? We now know the European Commission
used three different methods to calculate the costs of the 2030
efficiency target. But it only published the most expensive method
(an obsolete approach used as far back as 2003).

If you believe the Commission’s published version, drilling for oil
in Iraq on the edge of Islamic State territory is a safer investment
than building zero-energy homes in Europe. It’s absurd! But when
more rational cost and risk assumptions are applied, the costs of the
Commission’s proposed 30% target fall by up to €600 billion. You can
see the details on page seven.

We’re convinced this points to one conclusion: member states must
support three fair and adequate and binding targets for 2030 for
greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and renewables.

Tre obiettivi vincolanti!

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Climate Champions Application Form Now Available

Issued in news on October 01, 2014 at 13:19:00.

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Do you....

Want to join a movement of young activists in Europe?
Want to be creatively involved in the global movement for Climate Justice?
Make sure Ireland does its fair share to Stop Climate Chaos?


If so....
Young Friends of the Earth have an exciting opportunity to bring a group of young people to Brussels to join activists demanding fair action on climate change. This week of action will take place as our leaders meet to decide on the future of our world at the UN Climate talks in December.

 

Click here to download the application form.

 

To be part of the movement please email the application form before the 19th October to:
youngfoe@foe.ie

We look forward to hearing from you!

Taoiseach's address to Ban Ki-Moon Climate Summit

Issued in news on September 23, 2014 at 19:15:00.

Kenny in New York

Address by the Taoiseach to UN Secretary General’s Climate Change Summit,

New York, 23 September 2014

Secretary General, I welcome your timely initiative.

Global warming is a stark reality that can only be dealt with by a collective global response. We are all interdependent and interconnected... we share a common humanity... and each of us must play our part.

Leaders, Governments and corporations have a responsibility to define objectives, make policy decisions and take action to preserve our planet and secure a prosperous future for its inhabitants.

When we talk about global challenges like economic growth, job creation, global food and nutrition needs, and energy, the watchword has to be sustainability.

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Tell us what you love ... and Enda too

Issued in news on September 23, 2014 at 14:52:00.

Green hearts for the love of

Enda Kenny is at the UN in New York today to speak at Ban Ki-Moon's summit on climate action. Hundreds of you joined our call to urge him to say the Climate Bill will be enacted before the end of the year and to declare Ireland will be fossil-fuel free by 2040. A thousand people came to the People's Climate Picnic in Stephen's Green in Dublin on Sunday. Thank you.

Now we need to keep the spotlight on Enda to make sure he keeps his word when he comes home.

As part of Stop Climate Chaos we've launched a campaign called #fortheloveof. Something that each of us loves is threatenned by by climate change. We want you to share it, with Enda.

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For the love of ... Enda must act on climate

Issued in campaign actions.

Green hearts for the love of

It's time for our Taoiseach to show leadership on climate change

Young Friends of the Earth Climate Champions Competition 2014 Now Open!

Issued in news on September 03, 2014 at 13:59:00.

Climate champions 2014 image

Do you....

  • Want to join a movement of young activists in Europe?
  • Want to be creatively involved in the global movement for Climate Justice?
  • Make sure Ireland does its fair share to Stop Climate Chaos?

If so....
Young Friends of the Earth have an exciting opportunity to bring a group of young people to Brussels to join activists demanding fair action on climate change. This week of action will take place as our leaders meet to decide on the future of our world at the UN Climate talks in December.

To be part of the movement contact us for more information before the 10th October at:
youngfoe@foe.ie
01 6394652
Facebook YoungFriendsoftheEarthIreland
Twitter @YoungFOEIrl

We look forward to hearing from you!

Durkan's rejection of drilling application at potential fracking site is welcome

Issued in news on August 12, 2014 at 10:48:00.

mark-durkan-doeni - Mark H Durkan MLA
Mark H Durkan MLA

Commenting on the Northern Ireland Environment Minister's decision to reject Tamboran's exploratory drilling application for Belcoo, Friends of the Earth Northern Ireland's Director, James Orr, said,

"Minister Durkan should be congratulated on his decision. He is right to conclude that an Environmental Impact Assessment is required and that exploratory drilling should not go ahead without planning permission. It is particularly heartening to see Mr Durkan invoking the precautionary principle. Northern Ireland's environment has suffered serious damage from unauthorised quarries and landfill sites, pollution factories and sewerage works, and overdevelopment of the countryside. It is good to see an Environment Minister finally taking the job of environmental protection seriously.

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Government should aim to make Ireland fossil fuel free

Issued in news on August 06, 2014 at 11:32:00.

Government should aim to make Ireland fossil fuel free
As consultation closes, ministers must lead a genuine public debate on our energy choices

Friends of the Earth has called on the Government to set a goal of Ireland being fossil fuel free by 2050. The environmental campaigning group made the call on the final day of the Government's public consultation on Ireland's future energy policy. The deadline for written submissions is 5.30pm. The Government has promised there will now be an opportunity for the public to discuss the policy options in regional workshops before a White Paper is developed.

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24 hours to have your say on Ireland's energy future

Issued in news on July 30, 2014 at 13:31:00.

Poolbeg sunset by Philip Milne - Poolbeg chimneys. A monument to the sunset industries of the fossil fuel age. Photo by Philip Milne.
Poolbeg chimneys. A monument to the sunset industries of the fossil fuel age. Photo by Philip Milne.

One click now can help change energy policy for good.

A company called Tamboran Resources has just moved on site in Belcoo, Fermanagh, to prepare to test drill for fracking. They also hold licences in Leitrim. A lobby group is calling for a nuclear power plant to be built in Moneypoint, Co Clare. The Minister for Energy thinks "Ireland will remain dependent on fossil fuels well into the future". We're still ripping up our bogs and burning peat to make electrcity. And Board Na Mona want to build a factory to make "smokeless coal".

Is this the energy future you want? What should Ireland do?

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Your chance to input to the Government's consultation on the Green Paper on Energy, thanks to the Environmental Pillar

Issued in news on July 22, 2014 at 16:34:00.

Energy policy has got increasingly controversial in recent years. And now you can do something about it.

First, there was Shell's destructive impact on the community of Erris, Co Mayo. Then there was a string of communities from Leitrim to Clare rising up to stave off the threat of fracking for unconventional gas. There was talk of oil off Dalkey, and more talk about the reduced taxes any successful commercial production would pay. And most recently various community groupings around the country have protested about the export of wind energy and the new pylons planned to upgrade the national grid.

Finally, it is your turn to have your say.

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Last chance for Department of Environment to deliver climate action

Issued in news on July 12, 2014 at 12:13:00.

Alan Kelly TD

Department has failed to coordinate consistent Government action since Kyoto

Minister Kelly must take tortuous policy-making process "by the scruff of the neck"

Climate policy is effectively being run by the Department of Agriculture

Friends of the Earth has claimed that the Department of the Environment is on its last chance to show it can coordinate climate policy across Government. The environmental campaigning organization says that since 1997, when Ireland signed the Kyoto Protocol, the Department has consistently failed to deliver timely and adequate action to meet Ireland's emissions reductions targets.

Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan, commented:

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