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ACTION: Make your promise on LNG a policy!

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

The issue of Liquefied Natural Gas was one of the key points of negotiation in recent Government formation talks. In a huge win for campaigners across Ireland, and demonstrating the power of the ever-growing climate justice movement globally, we were promised the following in the Programme for Government.

Snippet from PfG

However, we know that a promise is nothing without a policy behind it.

We don’t know for certain when the cabinet will consider a draft policy. But we do know that it’s needed as a matter of urgency.

And while we’re waiting, the company behind the notorious Shannon LNG project are very likely to re-apply for planning permission soon. We want the cabinet to sign off on an LNG policy statement as a matter of urgency when the Dáil returns in mid September. This would give us a formal policy statement to stand over if any LNG infrastructure company makes a planning application.

If there is no formal Government policy statement when they apply, it will be significantly harder to challenge their application.

However, if there was a formal policy statement in place if, or when, a planning application is submitted, it would send a clear signal to LNG infrastructure developers that their application is unlikely to bear fruit.
We are working with allies across Ireland to push for this promised Government policy statement to be drafted and passed by cabinet immedialtey when the Dáil reconvenes. This milestone in the anti-LNG campaign would send a powerful signal to the compnay behind Shannon LNG and the industry that fracked gas imports and LNG terminals, both on-land and floating, are not welcome here. This same indication would be given to Next Decade, the company behind the planned Cork LNG project, as well as Predator LNG who are planning a floating terminal just off the coast of Kinsale.

Whether it’s fracked gas or LNG accessed via other methods, we can’t allow LNG terminals - floating or otherwise - on or near the island of Ireland.

Email the party leaders now.

Community Power Success!

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

Cutting the ribbon with templederry community

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.

Mandates report cover

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.

Mandates report cover

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.

For social

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.

Upperchurch_School pic with logo in sky

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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