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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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Alex White, new energy minister, has a key role now in fight against climate change

Issued in the blog on July 11, 2014 at 15:05:00.

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Congrats to Alex White TD on taking over as Miniser for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. A key Department in the fight against climate change.

Here is the Minister speaking as Labour leader in the Seanad, at the end of a debate on the Climate Protection Bill in October 2007, in response to Minister John Gormley and others.

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Senator Dominic Hannigan: Information on Dominic Hannigan Zoom on Dominic Hannigan I wish to raise a point of order. Reference was made to the Labour Party’s voting record in regard to the Climate Change Targets Bill in November 2005. The record shows clearly that we voted——

Acting Chairman (Labhrás Ó Murchú): Information on Labhrás Ó Murchú Zoom on Labhrás Ó Murchú A point of order can relate only to procedure and cannot respond to the Minister.

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Phil's parting shot?

Issued in the blog on July 07, 2014 at 21:40:00.

Phil Hogan and the emus

The Irish Mirror reported on Friday that Minister Hogan's Department had circulated a 54-page list of his achievements and concluded that "the general feeling is that he will not return to this Department either way" after the reshuffle.

The report has now been posted online and carries the very formal title Progress Update on the Programme of Reform from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

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Greenhouse gas emissions from Ireland’s power generating sector fell in 2013

Issued in news on May 08, 2014 at 10:16:00.

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Greenhouse gas emissions from Ireland's power generating sector fell in 2013, EPA reports


"Radical structural reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme is required to incentivise change in energy use", says EPA.

- Emissions of greenhouse gases from Irish companies in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme in 2013 decreased by 7 per cent overall compared to 2012.
- Emissions from the Power generation sector fell by 11.5 per cent.
- Cement industry emissions decreased by 4 per cent.
- Food and Drink sector showed an increase in emissions of 4 per cent.

Participants in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme based in Ireland reported 7 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions for 2013 than in 2012. Almost 100 major industrial and institutional sites in Ireland participate in the Emissions Trading Scheme. These include sites operating in the power generation, cement, lime, and oil refining sectors. Also included are large companies in sectors such as food & drink, pharmaceuticals and semi-conductors. Companies participating in the scheme are required to report their emissions (to the EPA) by 31 March each year.

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Election Round-up: MEP hustings and ratings. Fracking the locals. And *that* Bill.

Issued in the blog on May 07, 2014 at 14:58:00.

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It's election time and there are a number of ways that you can have your say even before polling day on 23rd May.

Young Friends of the Earth are having a hustings with European Parliament candidates in Dublin on Thursday 15th May, at 7pm in The Greenhouse on Andrew Street, D2. More info here.

The Environmental Pillar is having euro-hustings in all three constituencies. In Carrick-on-Shannon this Thursday 8th, in Cork next Tuesday 13th and in Dublin on Friday 16th. You can register here.

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Climate Bill 2014 - highlights and summary of reaction

Issued in the blog on April 23, 2014 at 23:57:00.

IMG_4032 Snowmen protest at Custom House, urging Gormley to publish Climate Change Bill

So, the Government has finally published the Heads of its Climate Action Bill.

In a nutshell:
It took two years for them to replublish last year the Fianna Fail / Green Party Bill - with all the targets taken out, and the "independence" of the expert advisory body further weakened. Ignoring the outcome of their own extensive public consultation along the way. And now, a year later, they have strenghtened the expert body but ignored some of the key recommendations of the Oirachtas Committee who carried out extensive stakeholder hearings last year.

Oh, and these are still only the Heads. They have promised to introduce the full Bill in the Dáil before the summer recess.

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Minister Hogan disregards key recommendations from Oireachtas Committee in revised Climate Bill

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

Improvements are mostly minor and cosmetic

Dáil and Seanad must now strengthen Bill as it becomes law

Friends of the Earth has described the Government's proposed changes to the Climate Bill as mostly minor or cosmetic improvements. Minister Hogan has only acted on one and a bit of the the four key recommendations from the Oireachtas environment committee's all-party consensus report.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan said:

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"Draft climate change legislation to tighten carbon pledges" - Irish Times

Issued in news on April 23, 2014 at 13:12:00.

Harry McGee, The Irish Times

Bill will include binding commitment to targets set by EU and UN up to 2050

Draft climate change legislation to be published today contains several key changes that will tighten the State’s obligations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The heads of the Climate Action and Low-Carbon Development Bill will be unveiled today by Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.

Earlier versions of the planned legislation were criticised by a number of organisations campaigning in this area because they contained no specific medium-term or long- term targets for the key dates of 2030 and 2050.

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Heads of the Climate Action Bill 2014

Issued in publications on April 23, 2014.

These are the revised heads of the Climate Bill, agreed by the Government on Wednesday 16th April and published by Minister Hogan on Wednesday 23rd April 2014. Click here to download.

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Lack of political leadership on climate change fed opposition to wind energy - Today's Climate Bill can reset debate

Issued in news on April 15, 2014 at 09:49:00.

Lack of political leadership on climate change fed opposition to wind energy - Today's Climate Bill can reset debate

Friends of the Earth has claimed that a lack of political leadership on climate change has fed opposition to wind energy and that strong climate change legislation can reset the public debate on renewable energy. The claim comes as opponents of wind energy gather for a national protest in Dublin and the Cabinet is due to decide on the shape of the long-awaited Climate Bill.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan, said

"This Government has been noticeably silent on the challenges and opportunities posed by tackling climate change. There has been no leadership on the rapid transition we face to stop the climate crisis becoming a climate crash.

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