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Solar Schools Competition 2019

Issued in news on January 16, 2019 at 18:12:00.

FoE RoS logo - FoE on bagelThe 2018/2019 Solar Schools competition is now closed.

Five winning schools will be announced soon. Watch this space! 

The winning schools will get solar panels for their school. They will be able to use free power all day generated directly from their roof, so will really reduce their carbon emissions, and during the weekends and holidays they will be able to sell any power they do not use to our partner 'Community Renewable Energy Supply' (Cres). It's really a win win win for the schools and the climate.  

Sadly, not all schools have this opportunity in Ireland. In fact, selling solar power is not an option for most, as there is no requirement for electricity companies to buy solar power generated at small scales. 

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Beat the VAT increase on coffee. Plus a new series of Eco Eye starts tonight.

Issued in the blog on January 08, 2019 at 06:42:00.

Eco eye presenters

Happy New Year.

I'm really optimistic we can make a breakthrough this year on climate action (see below for a preview of the possibilities).

But first, a quick life hack for coffee drinkers! It hasn't been such a good New Year for those of us who look forward to a take-away coffee at some stage during the day. The VAT increase in Budget 2019 has added 9 to 18 cent to the price of a coffee since January first.

Thankfully, there's an easy way to avoid paying the new higher price.

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Let’s make 2019 the year we choose a safer, healthier future.

Issued in the blog on January 01, 2019 at 06:20:00.

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.

This is the full length version of an article for the Irish Independent

Politicians and the public are paying attention to climate change like never before. A number of factors coming together gives us the opportunity to make 2019 the year Ireland takes climate action seriously.

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Friends of the Earth Newsletter, November 2018

Issued in the blog on November 26, 2018 at 16:06:00.

Welcome to our newsletter - catch up on what we've achieved over the past few months thanks to your support, time and donations. See what we're planning next and how you can be involved!

Community Energy

Publication cover - Factsheet_Run on SunThe way energy is generated, sold and used in Ireland is changing fast. A couple of weeks ago, we asked for your thoughts on buying, investing in and supporting locally owned renewable energy. A million thanks to those of you who took that survey. There is very little Irish research on this topic, so real data from real people is invaluable to us. If you’re interested in the results, you can see them here. slightly smiling face

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We can spark the solar revolution if we act right now.

Issued in the blog on November 23, 2018 at 00:34:00.

Let there be light FINAL

Over 20,000 people signed our petition to support solar power in Ireland. Even Leo signed, while hanging out at Electric Picnic before he was Taoiseach. He agreed then there should be a fair payment for solar power.

And now it could happen, if you email your TDs today.

The Dáil will debate a draft law next Tuesday (the 27th) which would finally mean small-scale generators of renewable energy would get paid for the electricity they supply to the grid.

Will you ask your TD to support it?

Email my TDs


to back community-scale renewables.

 

At the moment in Ireland if you generate your own energy, any you don't use it all immediately, you have to give it away for free to the ESB.

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Solar Schools ***Competition Time***

Issued in news on November 15, 2018 at 21:41:00.

Solar Schools

Do you want your school to be a Solar School? To run on free, clean, renewable energy?

Friends of the Earth and a number of energy co-operatives are running a competition to give five lucky schools the opportunity to have solar panels, designed and installed at their school in 2019 with a 90% grant.   

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U-turn on carbon tax would be 'two fingers to younger generations'

Issued in news on October 09, 2018 at 10:25:00.

Budget 2019

Budget a key test of Taoiseach's credibility on climate change, one day after stark scientific call for action

Reacting to reports that that the Government may drop plans to raise the carbon tax by €10 in today's Budget, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisin Coghlan commented:

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Oil and Gas Drilling: Add your voice to this petition before it's presented tomorrow!

Issued in the blog on July 09, 2018 at 16:49:00.

NHNA logo full name

On Tuesday, the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action will hold hearings on a Bill to ban exploration for more gas off the Irish coast [1]. The Committee has to decide whether to kill the Bill or progress it to the next stage.

Not Here Not Anywhere (NHNA), a grassroots campaigning group working to protect Ireland's coasts from fossil fuel drilling, have been working tirelessly on this campaign for a year, and will be presenting a petiton to the Chair of this committee tomorrow afternoon.

Their petition currently has just over 3,000 names.

Can you help it reach 4,000?

Hildegarde Naughton TD, Chair of the Committee on Climate Action has agreed to receive the petition when the hearing finishes (sometime between 1:30pm and 2pm we understand).

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'A new hope?' How to turn today's welcome rhetoric on climate action into reality.

Issued in news on June 20, 2018 at 12:42:00.

Naughten and ministers

Commenting on today's Project Ireland 2040 event on climate action, addressed by the Taoiseach and four cabinet ministers, Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth, said

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Government stands indicted by EPA's new climate pollution figures

Issued in news on May 31, 2018 at 12:24:00.

60 NO FEE Stop Climate Chaos

Citizens' Assembly report on climate must be acted on immediately

Friends of the Earth has said that 20 years of government inaction has been exposed by new figures from the EPA which show Ireland will miss its 2020 climate pollution target by 19 percentage points, and that without new policies our emissions will still be higher in 2030 than they were in 1990.

Commenting on the EPA figures, Oisin Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

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