Our Director's speech to the MacGill Summer School on Ireland's energy future

Issued in the blog on July 24, 2015 at 00:34:00.

Yesterday I delieverd a paper to the MacGill Summer School on "Ireland's Energy Crisis: What's to be done?". You can hear my 15 minute speech by clicking below. You can read the text here. And you can read the Irish Times report here.



Let's pass the Climate Bill before TDs head for the beach

Issued in the blog on July 07, 2015 at 14:51:00.

Thanks to your campaigning the Government has agreed to make changes to the Climate Bill .

But now time is running out to get the Bill through the Dáil before the summer break. Next week's Dáil agenda will be set on Thursday and there's a real risk the Climate Bill will be dropped. Please press for TDs to pass it before they go holidays: On Twitter . On Facebook .

Click here to Like and Share this photo on Facebook NOW, please .

Heads in the Sand -Pass the Bill

It'll only take a minute and all the key decision makers are tagged in the photo of the fantastic Stop Climate Chaos photo stunt on Sandymount Strand last Saturday.

If you're on Twitter just click retweet below:

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Once more unto the beach

Issued in the blog on July 03, 2015 at 16:41:00.

heads in the sand bondi beach

Will you join us on the beach tomorrow to bury your Head in the Sand, just like our government are doing when it comes to climate change?

When: Saturday, July 4th at 11am
Where: Sandymount Strand (here by the car park nearest the city centre)


Umbrella leap

Some of the iconic images of Irish climate activism have been created in fun, family-friendly, photo stunts on Sandymount Strand with our allies in Stop Climate Chaos. Tomorrow we gather there once more: to collectively stick our heads in the sand to send the message loud and clear that the government's inaction on climate change is not in our name.


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Minister Kelly Proposes Significant Amendments to Climate Bill

Issued in news on July 02, 2015 at 14:21:00.

Alan Kelly TD

Press release from Department of Environment

Having secured the approval of the Government, the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Alan Kelly, T.D., has today (2 July 2015) announced that he will propose a series of significant amendments to the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 during Report Stage of the Bill in Dáil Éireann later this month.

The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 provides a statutory basis for the national objective of transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by the year 2050. In doing so, it also gives a solid statutory foundation to the institutional arrangements necessary to enable the State to pursue and achieve that national transition objective.

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Will you put your heads in the sand with us?

Issued in the blog on June 30, 2015 at 16:17:00.

heads in the sand bondi beach

For those within striking distance of Dublin two events in the next 8 days:

We would love you to join us for a "Heads in the Sand" photo stunt on Sandymount Strand this Saturday 4th July at 11am.

Our government just isn't taking climate change seriously.

We’re only 5 months away from major climate talks that will decide the future of global climate action. Yet the government is about to finalize a Climate law that doesn’t even set a target for emission reductions by 2050. They have no Action Plan on how to cut our climate pollution to 2020 (the last plan finished in 2012) and they have made no financial pledge to help support communities worst affected by climate change impacts.

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So, who's this Ottmar Edenhoffer on the new Climate Council

Issued in the blog on June 12, 2015 at 00:28:00.

One of the most eye-catching names on Minister Alan Kelly's list of members on the Climate Change Advisory Council yesterday was that of Prof Ottmar Edenhoffer.

He's the Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research , and was co-chair of the IPCC's Working Group III on Mitigation for their recently completed Fifth Assessment Report.

He gave an EPA lecture in Dublin last October which I was at, which was very impressive. Particularly that his favourite slide was the one showing how much fossil fuels we had to leave under the ground. Click here to start the You Tube video at that bit of his talk .

The full talk is embedded at the bottom of this post, but here are my tweets from the night:

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Podcast on the new Climate Council and Bill latest

Issued in the blog on June 10, 2015 at 22:51:00.

I was happy to take part in the Irish Times Business Podcast today and talk not just about the challenge of climate change but the economic opportunties that the transition to a low-carbon future will bring.


Independence and resources the key tests for new Climate Council

Issued in news on June 10, 2015 at 17:30:00.

The appointment of Ireland's first Climate Change Advisory Council is a welcome milestone

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan said


"The Minister named a strong line-up for this first Council today. The question now is will they be given the explicit legal protection to do their job independently and the resources to do it properly."

Minister must amend the Climate Bill

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This could be our last chance to improve the Climate Bill before it becomes law.

Issued in the blog on June 02, 2015 at 13:32:00.

Kelly- Poolbeg - Alan Kelly at Poolbeg
Alan Kelly at Poolbeg

I've just heard that Minister Alan Kelly will debate changes to the Climate Bill with a committee of key TDs in just 7 days time.

Please tell Minister Kelly to strengthen the Bill.

Alan Kelly has told the Dáil he is considering possible amendments to the draft law. We need to make sure the changes aren't just window dressing, that they actually make the law stronger, by clearly indicating how much we plan to reduce emissions by 2050, by ensuring that the independence of the Expert Advisory Body is explicitly guaranteed and by committing to climate justice as a guiding principle.

Tell Alan Kelly to act now.

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Minister Alex White offers citizens a “genuine stake” in energy policy decision-making - DCENR Press Release

Issued in news on March 25, 2015 at 12:38:00.

Dublin, 25 March 2015

Energy Minister Alex White today (Wednesday) said citizens must be given a genuine stake in energy policy decision-making if Ireland is to succeed in meeting its renewable energy targets. He said he would address this in a White Paper on energy policy, which is being prepared for publication later this year.

Speaking at the annual Energy Show, organised by the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland, Minister White said his ultimate goal was the decarbonisation of Ireland’s energy production and use.

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