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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

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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Friends of the Earth calls on Irish Government to join the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance at COP26

Issued in the blog on November 04, 2021 at 11:13:00.

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Friends of the Earth has written to Minister Ryan and Minister Coveney, calling on Ireland to join the newly formed Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance of states.

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An Bord Pleanála must explain why Government Policy on LNG infrastructure was seemingly ignored

Issued in news on September 15, 2021 at 15:54:00.

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An Bord Pleanála designated Shannon LNG as “strategic infrastructure” a week after new Government Policy Statement introduced a moratorium on LNG development

An Bord Pleanála designated Shannon LNG as “strategic infrastructure” a week after new Government Policy Statement introduced a moratorium on LNG development

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Expert report gives Government a C+ for delivery of their climate and environment commitments

Issued in news on September 13, 2021 at 07:32:00.

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Significant groundwork achieved but current pace too slow to meet Government's own targets

The Government has been a awarded a C+ in independent expert assessment of progress on the climate and environment commitments in the Programme for Government. The Report Card 2021, commissioned by Friends of the Earth, was carried out by a three person academic panel who marked the Government out of 10 in nine subject areas from climate to water to transport to air quality. The scores ranged from 8.5 for waste and 7.5 for climate to 4.5 for nature and biodiversity and 4 for agriculture and forestry. The panel's overall verdict was that "While significant groundwork has been achieved in a number of areas within the first year, the pace of progress is currently too slow to achieve the Government's targets relating to their environmental and climate commitments."

Report Card 2021
Download the Report Card here.

Chair of the assessment panel, Dr Cara Augustenborg, Environmental Policy Fellow at University College Dublin, said:

"While many of the Government's commitments are not yet visible in our everyday lives, environmental issues have clearly moved up the political agenda in the past year. Significant groundwork has been achieved to turn the Government's environment and climate commitments into action over the next 3-4 years. However, serious concerns remain regarding the Government's progress in addressing the biodiversity crisis, declining water quality, and the role of agriculture and forestry in these areas."

Highlights and lowlights:

The Government scored highly on some high profile subjects, including an 8 on Climate Governance where the panel found the climate law "delivered on the Government’s commitments to make provision for the enactment of ambitious 2030 and 2050 emissions targets and 5-year carbon budgets, in addition to enhancing the expertise and diversity of the Climate Change Advisory Council."

In other areas progress was disappointing. On Biodiversity the panel found "Commitments to review the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) mandate and convene a Citizens’ Assembly on biodiversity are progressing too slowly, and the Government has thus far failed to address their commitments on hedgerows, invasive species and implementation of the National Biodiversity Action Plan" and awarded the Government a 4.5.

Meanwhile in agriculture, where policy is frequently controversial and contested, the panel found: "Progress on the sustainability of Irish agriculture and forestry has been disappointing. Food Vision 2030 is incompatible with climate goals and emission reduction targets, perpetuates an agricultural model which is directly responsible for escalating nutrient pollution and locks Ireland into damaging water quality for the remainder of this Government" and awarded their lowest mark, a 4, for "Poor Progress".

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Update on No New Gas

Issued in the blog on July 22, 2021 at 17:06:00.

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No New Gas is our campaign to prevent fossil gas lock-in. Its primary focus is on fracked gas, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) infrastructure and new exploration licenses for oil and gas in Irish waters.

End New Exploration Licences

We’ve been calling on the Government to honour their Programme for Government promise to introduce a ban on the issuing of new oil and gas licenses off the Irish coast.

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Shannon LNG Terminal Application unlikely to succeed despite marketing hype

Issued in news on June 24, 2021 at 17:59:00.

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Friends of the Earth expects the Government Moratorium on Liquefied Natural Gas infrastructure to block planning permission for the terminal

 

Recent media reports [1] have stated that New Fortress Energy has notified stakeholders of its intent to reapply for planning permission for the construction of a €650 million Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal and power planet along the Shannon estuary. However, Friends of the Earth today said it would be “very surprised” if An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission as it must have regard to a Government Policy Statement published last month, that included a moratorium on the development of LNG import terminals pending the completion of an energy security review [2].

Commenting on this, Oisín Coghlan, Director of Friends of the Earth said:

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Winning against Big Gas & Oil

Issued in the blog on May 27, 2021 at 17:35:00.

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Taking down the fossil fuel industry. It’s critical in the fight against climate change. It can be a daunting challenge at times - a real David versus Goliath fight. But not this week. Or last week for that matter. Because it’s been an exciting, hopeful few weeks in the battle against Big Gas and Oil. 

Last week, the International Energy Agency (IEA) finally confirmed that new oil and gas fields should not be approved beyond this year. That’s obvious to us. New oil and gas development should have stopped years ago. But the IEA has promoted fossil fuels for a very long time. So this shift is a big deal!

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Historic Climate Victory! Judge forces Shell to drastically reduce emissions

Issued in news on May 26, 2021 at 16:07:00.

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Friends of the Earth Netherlands wins climate case against Shell 

 

Responding to the news, Friends of the Earth Ireland made the following comments:


Emma-Jayne Geraghty, Education and Training Coordinator with Friends of the Earth Ireland said:

"This ruling signals the end for Big Oil and Gas. Fossil fuel companies like Shell have a unique responsibility for the climate crisis. Their continued drilling for gas and oil is totally incompatible with maintaining a planet that is safe for life. Not only that, but Shell’s promotion of false climate solutions is a dangerous distraction from the real climate action we need. Because behind its talk about supporting the Paris Agreement, we know that Shell has been doing the very opposite - fuelling climate chaos."

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Government Policy Statement is death knell for fracked gas imports into Ireland

Issued in news on May 18, 2021 at 18:03:00.

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Friends of the Earth today [18th May] welcomes the publication of a Government Policy Statement on the Importation of Fracked Gas, including a moratorium on the development of LNG import terminals pending the completion of an energy security review. The policy statement stems from a commitment in the Programme for Government, and confirms that the Government does not support the importation of fracked gas [1].

Commenting on the statement, Jerry Mac Evilly, Head of Policy at Friends of the Earth said:

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