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ACTION: Petition: Reject Shannon LNG's Planning Application

I don’t want more fossil fuels in Ireland and want An Bord Pleanála to reject Shannon LNG’s planning application.

  • In May this year, the Government produced a policy statement which introduces a moratorium on fracked gas imports and the development of polluting Liquefied Natural Gas terminals pending the completion of an energy security review (to be completed over the coming months).
  • Since then the Government has committed to increasing the current objective of 70% renewable electricity on the Irish system by 2030 to ‘up to 80%’ under the new National Development Plan that has just been released. The Government passed a new Climate Act in July which introduces a climate neutrality target for 2050, as well a 51% emissions reduction target by 2030. The Government has also committed to reaching 70% renewable electricity on the Irish system by 2030. The construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure is completely incompatible with these objectives.
  • A year ago Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin produced a letter to their Green Party counterparts which noted "Both of our parties accept that as we move towards carbon neutrality, it does not make sense to build new large scale fossil fuel infrastructure such as liquefied natural gas import terminals".
  • The Government introduced legislation to prevent new licences for oil and gas exploration in Irish waters in July this year. There is already a legislative ban on fracked gas in Ireland since 2017. There is also legislation in place to make the state investment fund pull its money out of fossil fuels.
  • The International Energy Agency in their analysis of a pathway to net zero emissions has concluded that “beyond projects already committed as of 2021, there are no new oil and gas fields approved for development…Net zero means a huge decline in the use of fossil fuel”.
  • UCC research has shown that as Ireland decarbonises its energy system and phases out fossil fuels, Irish semi-states face significant risks of stranded assets and major economic losses. However, our planning and regulatory system is not properly aligned with our climate obligations
  • At the very least half of all existing gas reserves need to stay in the ground unburned to keep global heating to less than 2C, more if we are serious about the Paris goal of 1.5C. There is just no room for new gas. We need to #KeepItInTheGround.
  • Having banned fracking here to protect our communities from the environmental and health effects, it would be hypocritical in the extreme to start importing fracked gas from under the feet of communities in the US who stood with us while we campaigned for the Irish ban.
  • It makes no environmental or economic sense to sink millions of euro into building import terminals to import liquefied fossil gas (fracked or not) from around the world when we have to use less and less gas in future.


Notes

  • This initiative is supported by several activist groups and originated with Safety Before LNG -safetybeforelng.ie
  • Full information on this case is available on the An Bord Pleanála website here .If you wish to make your own individual submission to An Bord Pleanála, please see An Bord Pleanála’s requirements on their website here and here (note in person or by letter only; ABP fee of €50 per submission)

ACTION: For the Love of ...Solar Schools

Please change the planning exemptions so that schools and community buildings can install solar panels, without the added expense of seeking planning permission.

We love Solar Power! It's clean, free and zero carbon, but in Ireland we have hardly any of it.

And the reason why has nothing to do with how much sun we get! It's because Ireland has unique rules that are designed to make installing solar panels REALLY hard. It is particularly hard for schools.

One of these rules is planning permission.  Schools need planning permission to install even one solar panel.  It's madness, and adds significant cost. 

For years politicians have promised to change this.  They even leaked a story to the papers in August 2020, that they had done it! But they haven't. 

Today, the change is in the hands of Minister Peter Burke. 

Please email your TD's today, and ask them to put pressues on Minister Burke and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage,   and ask him to make good on the promise of many before him, for the Love of Solar. 

ACTION: Make your promise on LNG a policy!

We want to see a robust Government policy statement on Liquefied Natural Gas

On April 28th 2020 both Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin signed a statement saying "Both of our parties accept that as we move towards carbon neutrality, it does not make sense to build new large scale fossil fuel infrastructure such as liquefied natural gas import terminals"

Following this the Programme for Government was agreed, which committed to developing a policy statement to prevent the importation of fracked gas.

But the Government has done nothing to make good on this promise, and the threat is growing every day that the fossil fuel industry will start to build liquified natural gas terminals in Ireland. There are now potentially 5 terminals in the making, and plans to turn Ireland into the gateway location for the transportation of fossil gas though Ireland into the UK and Europe. As a country we were groundbreaking in establishing a ban on fracking in 2017, so to import fracked gas from abroad is tantamount to offshoring the injustice that communities subjected to fracking face. It would also add fuel to the climate crisis.
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Email your Government TD's and Senators today and tell them to Act Now to prevent LNG terminals - floating or fixed - in Ireland. 
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Community Power Success!

Issued in news on September 11, 2020 at 09:39:00.

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Community Power Success!
New support for community owned renewables puts power in the people's hands

The results of the first Renewable Electricity Support Scheme Auction (RESS 1) were announced today, granting support for 82 wind and solar projects (including 8 community led projects).  This support scheme will see a further 2,200 GWh of renewable electricity generated in Ireland.

Among the winners includes two solar parks with Community Power in Counties Mayo and Galway. 

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Rebutting ESB and GNI responses to our report on “The Role of Public Bodies in Driving Ireland’s Decarbonisation”

Issued in news on September 10, 2020 at 13:31:00.

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The responses of the ESB and GNI, as per an Irish Times article “ESB rejects report findings on fossil fuel ‘lock-in’ and defends record” skirt the central point of the report published by Friends of the Earth. If their policies and strategies are indeed in line with international and national commitments on climate action, it follows that they should have no objection to an amendment of their mandates to align with those commitments.

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Report: The Role of Public Bodies in Driving Ireland’s Decarbonisation

Issued in the blog on September 07, 2020 at 20:26:00.

The Role of Public Bodies in Driving Ireland's Decarbonisation - Final

Report: The Role of Public Bodies in Driving Ireland’s Decarbonisation

​​Without urgent Government intervention, the ESB, Gas Networks Ireland and their regulator could lock Ireland into fossil fuel use for decades.

 

 

 

Friends of the Earth Ireland via its involvement in the Citizens for Financial Justice European project commissioned an independent researcher to examine the role of public bodies in driving Ireland’s decarbonisation - focusing on the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) and the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU). 

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Government must act to stop public bodies undermining Irish and international climate targets

Issued in news on September 07, 2020 at 12:30:00.

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For Immediate Release

07 September 2020:12.30pm

The ESB, Gas Networks Ireland and their regulator could lock Ireland into fossil fuel use for decades.

Research published today [1] has found that the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) and the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) are undermining Irish and international climate targets. The ESB, GNI and CRU all address decarbonisation in their strategies or mission statements in the form of “low-carbon” commitments. However this new research demonstrates that their respective statutory authorisations (i.e. mandates) do not specify compliance with national and international climate law, are not fully aligned with Paris Agreement obligations and do not properly address principles of climate justice or sustainable development.

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Fracked LNG a key litmus test of Government promises on climate action

Issued in news on July 29, 2020 at 15:51:00.

Policy Statement LNG Fracked Gas_Briefing Note July

Friends of the Earth

For Immediate Release

29 July 2020

Campaigners call on Government to follow through on commitments made in Programme for Government

The threat of LNG terminals loom large

Fracking campaigners have called on the Government to follow through on their commitments in the Programme for Government to prevent the development of new fracked gas import terminals in Ireland. The controversial Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals are planned for the Shannon Estuary and the Port of Cork, and if constructed would import fracked gas from the United States into Ireland.

The Programme for Government states,

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European support and funding for fossil gas must end

Issued in news on July 17, 2020 at 09:53:00.

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Friends of the Earth
For Immediate Release
17 July 2020

Friends of the Earth joins over 30 civil society organisations to demand a change to current EU regulation on priority EU energy infrastructure.

Support and funding for fossil gas infrastructure must end.

Friends of the Earth is calling on the European Union to stop funding infrastructure that could lock Member States, including Ireland, into using climate-wrecking fossil gas for decades. Friends of the Earth is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition of over 30 civil society organisations [1], which has submitted to a public consultation on the future of Europe’s energy system [2].

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Catching up on Gas Campaign

Issued in the blog on June 17, 2020 at 23:03:00.

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To bridge the gap between gas and plastic, Meaghan, who is our Head of Mobilisation, joined the panel for our Sick of Plastic webinar and spoke of the connection between the global glut of plastics on the market and the fossil fuel companies.

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Catching up on Community Energy

Issued in the blog on June 17, 2020 at 23:01:00.

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Covid-19 created some delays for our Solar Schools 2020 winners but we will soon be back on track getting solar panels on their roofs. This year we had 8 winners and 8 runners up. Our winning schools will be generating their own clean energy and championing the solar revolution in Ireland.

Congratulations to all our winners!

We can’t wait to work with these primary and secondary schools and get going with their local climate action projects.

Special congratulations to St Munchins in Limerick who became the newest Solar School this month! Their newly installed6 kw array of solar PV panels will generate about 5,070 kWh per year for the school, to power lights, computers, photocopiers etc., saving about €800 while avoiding 3,000kg of CO2 a year.

Solar Panels on School

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Have your say on the future of fossil gas in Europe!

Issued in the blog on June 10, 2020 at 15:04:00.

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Join this zoom call with Friends of the Earth, Not Here Not Anywhere, Food and Water Action Europe and the Gastivists Collective on June 18th to learn how to have your say on energy policy in Europe.

Register here at this link!

On the call, you will be:

  • Brought up to speed on the TEN-E (Trans-European Networks-Energy) Regulation
  • Learn how this impacts the notorious PCI Process which facilitated Shannon LNG
  • Receive submission guidelines from some of those working on resisting fossil gas across Europe

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'Hulk' praises political leadership against fracked gas, LNG

Issued in news on May 27, 2020 at 12:45:00.

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'Hulk' praises Irish Government Negotiators for wisdom and foresight on fracked gas infrastructure

Mark Ruffalo appearance on Irish TV grateful for Irish solidarity

Actor Mark Ruffalo appeared on the Virgin Media Tonight Show last night and praised Irish politicians for their support resisting liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure in Ireland, following a statement from Fíanna Fáil and Fine Gael that it does not make sense to build new large scale fossil fuel infrastructure, such as liquefied natural gas terminals. [1]

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