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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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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:
01 6394652
Facebook YoungFriendsoftheEarthIreland
Twitter @YoungFOEIrl

We look forward to hearing from you!

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.


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.


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.


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.

yfoe 2014 ep election

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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