A 5-point plan for Government to cut bills, save energy and reduce pollution

Issued in news on May 23, 2022 at 11:30:00.

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Friends of the Earth urges emergency Government response to prepare for next winter

Friends of the Earth has today published a “Five-point plan for Government to cut bills, save energy and reduce pollution”. As households have now received the last Fuel Allowance payment for this season and with the Russian invasion of Ukraine entering its fourth month, the environmental justice organisation has called for “a concerted emergency response from the whole of Government to do five things” before next winter sees the energy crisis hit home even more. The plan contains 48 specific recommendations from inflation-proofing social welfare to free school buses to a moratorium on new data centres.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth’s Head of Policy, Jerry Mac Evilly, said:

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Climate campaigners disappointed as REPowerEU leaves energy poor out in the cold

Issued in news on May 18, 2022 at 18:24:00.

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Friends of the Earth calls on Europe to do more to end reliance on fossil fuels

Today’s REPowerEU[1] strategy puts forward a €300 billion plan to reduce dependence on Russian gas by ~66% by the end of 2022, and end it by 2027. Ahead of its release, the key question on the minds of climate organisations was whether the EU will merely replace Russian fossil fuels with other dirty fossil fuels or seek to end Europe’s fossil fuel reliance and accelerate renewables and energy efficiency for those most at risk of energy poverty. The end result is a mix of both. While the plan positively puts forward increased renewable targets (from 40% to 45%), energy efficiency targets (from 9% to 13%), and a solar PV rooftop mandate, it fails to offer additional actions to tackle energy poverty. It also focuses on increasing imports of non-Russian LNG and pipeline gas and investing billions in new gas import terminals [2].

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Watch it Back: Learning Hub 2022

Issued in the blog on May 12, 2022 at 17:00:00.

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This year’s Learning Hub has looked at many different topics through film, poetry, reading, writing and other creative learning tools. Different media has allowed us to explore and learn about climate and social justice issues affecting people locally and globally. We’ve loved hearing from our special guest speakers but also hearing from our amazing learners, who have sent us music, drawings and fascinating articles about earth, energy, eco-anxiety, and activism.

Read on to access recordings from our webinars - along with read and watch lists and other resources to faciliate deeper exploration of the topics we covered.

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Friends of the Earth questions sustainability credentials of major climate conference

Issued in news on May 11, 2022 at 16:45:00.

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Dublin Climate Summit must reject far-off techno-fixes, false solutions and attempts to greenwash dirty energy


Friends of the Earth calls on Taoiseach and Government attendees to prioritise investment in real solutions that will help homes and businesses to end reliance on dirty fossil fuels.

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LNG: The liquid path to climate chaos

Issued in the blog on May 06, 2022 at 16:00:00.

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A new joint briefing by Friends of the Earth Europe and Food & Water Action Europe highlights the dangers of the proposed roll out of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) across Europe as an attempt to tackle energy security concerns.

The cost of fossil gas, the horrific invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops, and the need to mitigate the impacts of climate change and keep global warming to below 1.5°C, have created a buzz around LNG.

This briefing provides counterarguments to the overinflated role that LNG is being positioned to have in Europe’s energy future, and shows instead that this is a dangerous distraction from the just energy transition to renewables that is so desperately needed.

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Watch it Back: System Change Week Webinar Series

Issued in the blog on May 06, 2022 at 14:18:00.

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Our System Change Week of online seminars explored interconnecting topics such as climate justice, racial and gender equality, sustainable housing, food systems, economic justice and lots more. The series offered bite sized talks that touched on local and global perspectives on global justice issues while highlighting solutions championed by groups in Ireland and around the world. Inspiring speakers shared information and resources connecting the dots between global justice issues and empowering us to take action.

Missed these webinars? We’ve got you covered! We recorded them for you to watch back at your leisure! Scroll on down to find recordings from each webinar - along with some excellent resources on the issues being explored!

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We're recruiting a Chief Operating Officer

Issued in the blog on April 27, 2022 at 14:35:00.

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Friends of the Earth Ireland is looking to recruit a dynamic leader to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). One of the two most senior management positions in Friends of the Earth, the Chief Operating Officer will work closely with the Chief Executive to manage the organization.

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Energy conference sponsored by fossil fuel companies unacceptable attempt to greenwash dirty energy

Issued in news on April 25, 2022 at 20:23:00.

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Friends of the Earth has called on Mary Lou McDonald TD and other high profile speakers to reconsider their involvement in an energy policy conference tomorrow (Tuesday 26th) because it’s main sponsors are fossil fuel companies. The “National Energy Summit” [1] taking place in Croke Park will feature speeches from several well-known climate and energy stakeholders from Government and academia. While such events are a standard and worthwhile feature of policy discussions in Ireland, Friends of the Earth says this event is tainted by the fact that its main “gold” sponsors are Mag Mell (formerly Predator), a liquefied natural gas developer, and Gas Networks Ireland [2].

Commenting, Jerry Mac Evilly, Head of Policy in Friends of the Earth stated:

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System Change Week 2022

Issued in the blog on April 13, 2022 at 13:19:00.

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On Earth Day, 22nd April 2022, we’re kicking off our System Change Week of bite sized webinars about climate justice and how it connects with race, housing, food, and the economy. This is a great opportunity to gain a better understanding of these topics and learn about groups in Ireland and around the world who you can support to tackle injustice. The talks will take place online at lunchtimes (1pm start) and evenings (6pm start - except on Tuesday 26th when our evening talk will start at 5pm) from 22nd April to 3rd May.

Click here to register for this week of talks

And read on below for an outline of the events we've got lined up during this special week!

Friday 22nd April

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Dáil Carbon Budget vote a vital milestone for climate action

Issued in news on April 07, 2022 at 08:09:00.

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Dáil sets binding ceilings on climate polluting emissions to 2025 and 2030

Now the Government must divide the "pollution pie" between sectors

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the final adoption of binding climate pollution targets by the Dáil as "a vital milestone on the road to sustained climate action". In a packed Dáil on Wednesday night, the carbon budgets for 2021-2025 and 2026-2030 were adopted on a cross-party basis with only 8 TDs opposing the motion. The vote came just two days after the IPCC had issued its most stark call yet for "immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors".

Commenting, Oisín Coghlan, Chief Executive of Friends of the Earth, said:

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