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No New Gas

No New Gas is our campaign to directly achieve our Strategic Objective on preventing fossil gas lock-in. Its primary focus is on fracked gas, LNG infrastructure and new exploration licenses for oil and gas in Irish waters.

We are working to ensure that:

  • No import terminals for liquefied natural gas are built on the island of Ireland
  • No new licenses for offshore gas drilling are granted

Here's how we plan to achieve this. We are going to campaign for the Government to:

  • Withdraw the Shannon LNG terminal from the EU PCI list in 2021
  • To commit to  and support the tightening of the sustainability assessment rules prior to the approval of any projects on the EU PCI list.
  • Introduce a bill to amend the Planning and Development Act 2000 to prohibit the construction of fossil fuel infrastructure whose purpose is to facilitate imports, storage, or distribution of fracked gas.
  • Commit to a fully transparent energy security review which focuses on decarbonisation and Ireland’s legal obligations under international and EU climate law.
  • Commits to issue guidance to all relevant regulatory bodies and commercial semi-state companies to take all reasonable steps to ensure that Ireland is not dependent on imports of gas and that the energy intensity of power generation declines in line with Ireland’s legal obligations under the Paris Agreement

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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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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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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Consultation on proposed revision to the Gas Directive and the Gas Regulation and proposals for a Regulation on Methane Emissions

Issued in publications on April 29, 2022.

FOE Ireland Gas Package Consultation

The central message of this submission is that unless significant changes are made to the Commission’s proposals on the Gas Package, this crucial piece of legislation risks creating further fossil gas lock-in, endangering Ireland & the EU’s climate and energy targets, and will fail to resolve the conflicts of interest established in the current legislation. Additionally, the gas package in its current form does not address the effects of the current energy crisis, and risks further exacerbating energy poverty.

The current proposal fails to provide the much broader framework to reduce fossil gas consumption across the EU by 2030 significantly and reach a complete phase-out of fossil gas by 2035 at the latest.

 Friends of the Earth’s submission sets out recommendations on how the gas package must contribute to emission reductions in line with the Paris Agreement though preparing gas distribution networks for change; improving governance to remove conflicts of interests in network planning; addressing hydrogen use and blending; and protecting energy communities

 Key Recommendations:

● Enable Distribution System Operators (DSOs) to prepare for decommissioning. Include explicit transparency obligations for DSOs in the context of energy infrastructure planning and ensure network plans are in line with EU and national climate and energy targets.

● Improve governance to remove conflicts of interest in gas network planning and guarantee a complete separation between the ownership, control, and operation of fossil gas and hydrogen assets.

● Exclude hydrogen blending to enable a targeted use of hydrogen, and ban connection to newly built (or repurposed) hydrogen distribution grids to users that are not identified as priority users.

● To be fit for purpose, the gas package should drop its framing of a one-to-one replacement of fossil gas with renewable and low carbon gases. It instead should focus on putting in place tools that enable the scaling down of gas use in the market and on using hydrogen only for the most strategic applications.

● Exclude any reference to “low carbon hydrogen” in the Directive. Include biogas produced exclusively from waste and residue feedstocks, and define clear sustainability standards for biogas production.

● Protect the integrity of Energy Communities by deleting all references to “gas energy communities”

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Energy Security Framework only a first step in responding to energy crisis

Issued in news on April 13, 2022 at 17:00:00.

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Government’s Energy Security Framework only a first step in responding to the energy crisis

 

Friends of the Earth has welcomed the publication today of the Government’s new National Energy Security Framework, but cautioned that it is only one step in the emergency response we need to the crisis in fossil fuel prices, pollution and supply. Today’s announcement includes a package of measures and plans designed to improve security and reduce energy price, but much work remains to be done according to the campaign group.

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

“We welcome the Government’s recognition that enhancing Ireland’s energy security must focus on protecting those at risk of energy poverty and on actively reducing overall demand for gas.

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Fingal residents and climate campaigners welcome Kilshane Gas Plant rejection

Issued in news on February 18, 2022 at 10:05:00.

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Fingal County Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for the €150 million gas plant at Kilshane welcomed by Fingal residents and local and national climate groups

Friends of the Earth Ireland and the Fingal One Future climate campaign group have welcomed the news that Fingal County Council has rejected Kilshane Energy’s planning application for a €150 million 293 megawatt new gas plant in North Dublin [1]. Over 850 people signed an objection letter nationally, with Fingal One Future’s own objection receiving scores of signatures in a matter of hours from concerned Fingal residents.

Commenting on the news, Meredith Deegan of Fingal One Future, a local climate campaign group said:

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Update on No New Gas - Ireland joins the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance

Issued in the blog on January 28, 2022 at 13:20:00.

Better Time up for Gas

The reserves in currently operating oil and gas fields alone, even with no coal, would take the world beyond 1.5°C of global heating. Even this level of heating will have huge consequences on human life with sea level rises, strains on food production and irrevocable damage to the ecosystem that supports human life. The world must begin a rapid transition away from fossil fuels, including fossil gas. Rich countries like Ireland, who have been using more of their fair share of fossil fuels for years - and who are best able to absorb transitional impacts with least social costs, have a responsibility to lead this transition and phase out fossil fuels sooner, and more quickly, than poorer countries.

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Update on No New Gas - Protect Northern Ireland from Fracking

Issued in the blog on January 28, 2022 at 13:13:00.

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Getting the Dáil to ban fracking in 2017 was one of our biggest environmental victories in the last decade - won thanks to some terrific campaigning and grassroots activism by a broad range of groups across Ireland. So when a crack appeared in this victory late last year we sprung into action. A new petroleum licencing policy risks opening the door to fracking in Northern Ireland - and so our fight against fracking on the island of Ireland has resumed. As everyone knows, fracking pollution knows no borders.

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Ireland joins "Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance" during COP26 Climate Talks

Issued in news on November 11, 2021 at 12:45:00.

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Ireland has become a member of the first diplomatic initiative to phase out fossil fuel extraction

Today at the COP26 UN climate talks in Glasgow, Ireland has joined the world’s first diplomatic initiative focused on keeping fossil fuels in the ground, established by Denmark and Costa Rica. Called the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance, (BOGA) the initiative brings together countries that have taken steps to ending new licensing rounds for oil and gas exploration and production. It is the first such initiative to recognise the need for governments to manage the phase out of fossil fuel production in order to respond to the climate crisis and align with Paris Agreement commitments.

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Update on No New Gas

Issued in the blog on November 05, 2021 at 08:33:00.

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No New Gas is our campaign to stop Ireland getting locked into fossil fuel use for decades to come - and to stop Ireland becoming an important facilitator of fracked gas transport around the globe. We’re campaigning to block the development of new fossil fuel infrastructure, such as LNG import terminals that would allow fracked gas to be imported from the US into Ireland.

No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure - and the looming spectre of data centres
Data centres have emerged as a major threat to Ireland’s climate targets and efforts to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. In the last four years data centres have gobbled up enough electricity to power 560,000 homes. Projections for their future power demands are even more alarming. Urgent intervention is needed. We’ve been raising alarm bells in the media about data centres this autumn, you might like to listen back to our director, Oisín talking about data centres on Newstalk Breakfast here and on Virgin Media’s Tonight Show here.

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