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Community Power - We are our Renewable Future

Issued in news on December 07, 2015 at 13:12:00.

Duncan Stewart_Community Energy Procalmation

Community Power – We are our Renewable Future

Communities call on Government to support Community Owned Renewable Energy

 Monday 7th December 2015

100 community groups and co-operatives launch a Proclamation for Community Energy today. For the first time in Ireland this 'Proclamation for Community Energy' recognises communities as active participants in the clean energy transition, and as the best way to unlock the renewable energy potential in Ireland.

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Community Power - We are our Renewable Future

Issued in publications on December 07, 2015.

Duncan Stewart_Community Energy Procalmation

Over 100 community groups and co-operatives launch a Proclamation for Community Energy.  For the first time in Ireland this 'Proclamation for Community Energy' recognises communities as active participants in the clean energy transition, and as the best way to unlock the renewable energy potential in Ireland.

Imagine a community putting its hands up and deciding to build a wind farm. Imagine all the schools in a town running on clean free solar electricity. Imagine your heating is powered by biomass and waste from the local farms. Imagine the profits from the local renewable energy project are shared by the local energy co-operative and the individuals and communities who are part of it. Imagine we owned all or part of the renewable energy that powers our lives.

This is the vision for over 100 community groups, co-operatives, energy agencies and NGO’s who have today launched the Community Energy Proclamation. 

The proclamation calls for a number of policy changes to allow communities to participate in Ireland’s energy and to allow the community energy industry to develop. These include setting a target for community energy in Ireland and removing a number of technical and financial barriers such as access to the grid, payments for solar energy for micro-generation and for renewable heat, and support and advice structures to enable community groups to develop renewable energy projects.

Signatories to the Proclamation are:

  1. Ace - The Academy of Champions for Energy

  2. An Taisce - The National Trust for Ireland

  3. Aran Islands Renewable Energy Ltd.

  4. Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann Teoranta

  5. Ard Aoibhinn Community Initiatives Ltd.

  6. Abbeyleix Bog Project

  7. BEOFS Camphill Kilkenny

  8. Birr 2020

  9. Birr Growery

  10. Camphill Ballymoney

  11. Camphill Ballytobin

  12. Camphill Community Mountshannon

  13. Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency

  14. Cavan Community Energy Group

  15. CELT - Centre for Environmental Living & Training

  16. ChangeX

  17. Changing Ireland Community Media Limited

  18. Circle Way Ireland

  19. Claiming our Future

  20. Clann Credo - the Social Investment Fund

  21. Claremorris & Western District Energy Co-Operative

  22. Cleanteck Asset Finance

  23. Cloughjordan Community Farm

  24. Codema - Dublin’s Energy Agency

  25. Comhar Caomhán Teo

  26. Common Ground, Bray

  27. Community Energy Scotland

  28. Community Finance (Ireland)

  29. Community Renewable Energy Supply Templederry (CRES)

  30. Community Workers Co-operative

  31. Cork Environmental Forum

  32. CRNI Community Reuse Network Ireland

  33. Cultivate Living and Learning/ Sustainable Ireland Co-operative Society Ltd.

  34. DaysE (Donate As You Save Energy)

  35. Drombane Hall Committee

  36. Drombane Upperchurch Energy Team

  37. Ecobeo Energy, Kilkenny

  38. Ecoworks

  39. Eirbyte

  40. Energy Co-operatives Ireland

  41. Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative Limited

  42. Energy Wise Construction Ltd

  43. Energywise Consultants

  44. Environmental Education Ireland

  45. Erris Sustainable Energy CLG

  46. FEASTA: The Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability

  47. Friends of the Earth

  48. Galú

  49. Glas Energy

  50. Good Energies Alliance Ireland

  51. Greenwatt Ltd

  52. Inch Hydro

  53. Inch Sawmills

  54. Interactions Ltd

  55. Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS)

  56. Irish Green Building Council

  57. Just Forests

  58. Kerry Sustainable Energy Co-operative

  59. Laois Environmental Action Forum

  60. Luisne Murrough Foundation

  61. Mendes CLG / Cloughjordan Co-Housing

  62. Mercy International - Global Action

  63. Merriman Solutions Chartered Building Surveyors.

  64. Micro Electricity Generation Association (MEGA)

  65. Murrough Community Co-operative

  66. Nano Nagle Centre, Ballygriffin

  67. Nimble Spaces Project Callan, Co Kilkenny

  68. North Tipperary LEADER Partnership

  69. North Tipperary Green Enterprise Park

  70. Orenco Energy

  71. PAssive House Solutions

  72. People’s Climate Ireland

  73. People’s Energy Charter

  74. Presentation Ireland

  75. Presentation Justice Network Ireland

  76. Society for Co-operative Studies in Ireland

  77. Solas Bhride Centre & Hermitages Kildare Ireland

  78. St. Anthony`s Park Community Development Initiative (Cork)

  79. Sunflower recycling Dublin

  80. Sustainable Clonakilty

  81. Sustainable Energy Finance Consultants

  82. Sustainable Projects Ireland Ltd. / Cloughjordan Ecovillage

  83. Terenure Energy Group

  84. The Forum Renewable Energy Charity

  85. Tipperary Energy Agency

  86. Tipperary Green Business Network

  87. Tourmakeady Community Energy Group

  88. Transition Galway

  89. Transition Kerry

  90. Transition Monaghan

  91. Transition Town Kinsale

  92. Transition Town Tramore T3

  93. Transition Towns Sligo

  94. Transition Towns Ireland and Northern Ireland

  95. TSA Consultancy

  96. Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice

  97. Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment (VOICE);

  98. Water Power Services

  99. WeCreate Workspace Ltd.

  100. Wicklow Planning Alliance

  101. Wind Site Evaluation Ltd

  102. XD Sustainable Energy Consulting Ltd

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New SEAI figures show big decisions still needed to get Ireland off fossil fuels

Issued in news on November 26, 2015 at 16:58:00.

Tug of War - Activists outside Leinster House illustrate the
Activists outside Leinster House illustrate the "tug-of-war" between fossil fuels and renewables for the future of Irish energy policy

Ireland still only just over half way to meeting the EU 2020 renewable energy targets

Today the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland released figures on the state of Ireland’s energy in 2014 [1]. The analysis shows our overwhelming dependence on fossil fuels, which still account for over 90% of our energy use. Despite recent progress we are still only half way to our EU 2020 renewable energy targets. Worryingly, last week's European Commission analysis confirmed that current policy will not do enough to get Ireland to meet these 2020 targets [2] which would result in heavy fines for Ireland. Friends of  the Earth campaigners staged a ‘tug of war’ today with fossil fuels vs renewables to represent the struggle for the future of our energy system.

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March for Paris, now more than ever

Issued in the blog on November 24, 2015 at 21:23:00.

We need you now more than ever.

The French Government has cancelled the People's Climate March in Paris on Sunday, amid ongoing security fears. The people of Paris may not be able to march for climate justice but we can.

This movement is bigger than any one march, and we need everyone now more than ever. The Global Climate March -- which already consists of thousands of events, small and large, all around the world -- goes on. From London to Los Angeles, Quito to Quizon City, people are still taking to the streets. Join us in Dublin on Sunday at 2pm on Custom House Quay. There are also events in Belfast, Galway and Cork.


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It was twenty years ago today ...

Issued in the blog on November 10, 2015 at 09:49:00.

Ken Saro Wiwa Dance

On the 10th November 1995, Ken Saro Wiwa and 8 other Ogoni leaders were executed by the Nigerian military. They had been campaigning to remove Shell and other oil multinationals from Ogoni land in the Niger Delta, after decades of oil operations and countless spills and accidents.

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Day of Action: email your TD, Dail rally, film screening. Oh, and finally ...

Issued in the blog on November 03, 2015 at 18:14:00.

PrEPAring for FrackingI'm speaking at a briefing on fracking in Leinster House on Thursday lunchtime. Can you do me a favour and email your local TDs asking them to attend ? It'll only take a minute and they are much more likely to come when one of their own constituents asks them. Thanks.

The main speaker is a campaigner from Good Energies Alliance Ireland, based in Leitrim. They are very concerned at the increasing evidence that the EPA research on fracking is neither independent enough nor broad enough to be a legitimate basis for a Government decision for or against fracking. You can find out more here.

If you want to come to the briefing yourself, just email and we'll organize entry to Leinster House for you.

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Paris and beyond: get involved in building the climate movement

Issued in news on October 29, 2015 at 15:15:00.

In a month's time world leaders will gather in Paris to try to agree a global climate deal that has eluded them for the last 20 years.COP21

We don't trust them to have people's interests at heart. And we know any deal they do won't be strong enough. So, around the world people and communities are taking the lead themselves. Fighting to keep fossil fuels in the ground, organizing community energy projects to power their own future, and showing that a just transition to a carbon free future is possible.

Any Paris protocol won't be enough to contain climate change on its own, but Paris can be the moment when the climate movement becomes an unstoppable force for the system change we need.

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Launching our learning collective - People. Power. Action.

Issued in news on October 19, 2015 at 11:12:00.

Are you unhappy with how our society operates at present, would you like to see societal change?

There are certainly many changes I would like to see happen in Ireland and I believe every citizen needs to be a part of making these changes happen!

This is why this year Friends of the Earth are inviting citizens from across Ireland who are interested in becoming active in their community (whether that is in your town, college, work place or other) in relation to environmental and social justice issues, to come together weekly to meet like minded people, learn and share new skills and take action as part of the movement for social change and environmental sustainability.

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The passing of the Climate Bill by the Dáil is a significant milestone, but a concrete plan to actually reduce emissions is long overdue

Issued in news on October 08, 2015 at 10:27:00.

Climate Change Blows #1 - Vuvuzela Protest 24th November 2011
Vuvuzela Protest 24th November 2011

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the fact that the Dáil will today pass the Climate Bill, calling it a significant milestone in climate policy-making. But according to the environmental campaigning organisation Ireland is not on track to meet its 2020 EU targets and the current Government has repeatedly delayed adopting an actual emissions reduction plan, 3 years after the last climate action plan expired. Friends of the Earth began the campaign for a climate law in April 2007 and over the intervening years a consensus was forged among all political parties that putting climate policy-making on a statutory footing made sense.

Commenting, Friends of the Earth Director, Oisín Coghlan said

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Issued in publications on September 04, 2015.


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Our vision is of a fossil fuel free Ireland by 2050.

An Ireland where nobody is dependent on fossil fuels for a warm home, a mobile life or affordable electricity.

An Ireland where everybody has the chance to own the renewable energy developments that will power our lives, and to participate in the decisions that get us there.

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  • Ensure justice for people affected by climate change.
  • Stop fossil fuels and other dirty energy, while protecting workers in these areas.
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