SEAI heat study highlights urgent need for heat sector decarbonisation

Issued in news on February 25, 2022 at 12:32:00.

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The SEAI Heat study published this week highlights the urgent need for Government to move quickly on decarbonisation of Ireland’s heating sector. This is an important step in making Irish homes & buildings warmer, healthier, and fossil-free. Friends of the Earth has summarised some of the main findings [1].

Emissions from the Irish heating sector have increased by 13% since 2014, and based on this new analysis, the sector is highly unlikely to stay within its carbon budget target with current policy measures in place.

The key takeaway from the SEAI study is that the Government must act urgently, go beyond even the new retrofitting scheme just announced in February and put additional policies in place to decarbonise Irish homes.

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Activities for International Women's Day

Issued in the blog on February 22, 2022 at 12:09:00.

Gender Justice Webinars

 

International Women’s Day is just a few weeks away! Have you made plans for it yet? If not - we’ve got you covered! We’ve a range of actions you can take to learn more and support gender justice at local and global levels. So whether you want to join a webinar, take action on the streets or do some reading - we’ve got something for you. Read on for all the details…

 

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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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Solar panels casting more shadows then sunshine on Government's Climate Credentials

Issued in news on February 16, 2022 at 13:50:00.

Community Energy - FoE Europe Solar Panels

Friends of the Earth is calling on the Government to end constant delays and immediately remove the requirement for schools to have planning permission in order to install solar panels [1]. Today Wednesday 16th of February at 15.30 the Green Party’s Solar Panel Bill [2] will be discussed at Committee Stage in the Seanad [3]. This Bill seeks to remove planning restrictions [4] for the installation of solar panels on public buildings, including schools. This follows vague comments by the Taoiseach in the Dáil yesterday that Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien had assured him that steps will be taken “in the next two or three weeks”. Notwithstanding these developments, there remains no clear sign of progress.

Jerry Mac Evilly Head of Policy
at Friends of the Earth stated:
“For more than three years now successive Governments have failed to update planning regulations to support solar on schools, despite several commitments. And in the past year the Minister of State for Planning and Local Government and the Department of Housing have repeatedly ignored deadlines without explanation and ignored the Green Party’s Seanad Bill .
We have to remember that this is a basic change that enjoys universal public and political support. The repeated changing of messages and timelines makes a mockery of the Government’s commitment to improved coordination and accountability on climate action. While the introduction of the Green Party’s Seanad Bill seemed like a positive step last summer, we have had no indication over the past 8 months that it has been taken seriously by Government - the opposite in fact.

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End Solar School Delays

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Change the planning regulations so that schools can put solar panels on their roofs without the expense of applying for planning permission

From targets and plans to implementation and delivery: Eight climate policy challenges that the Government faces in 2022

Issued in news on February 08, 2022 at 18:29:00.

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Friends of the Earth has published a media briefing outlining 8 policy challenges the Government faces this year in the area of climate change.

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

"2021 was all about the big picture, setting a target for 2030, putting it in law, and outlining plans to cut emissions in half. 2022 is all about the implementation and delivery of the hundreds of commitments in the Climate Action Plan, across all government departments, to actually start reducing pollution. And it's about the Climate Council, the Oireachtas, the media, and civil society holding government to account for delivering those commitments."

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Warmer healthier homes on the horizon with new Retrofit Scheme

Issued in news on February 08, 2022 at 17:59:00.

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Friends of the Earth welcomes the range of supports in the Government’s new National Retrofitting Scheme [1] which was launched today as a major step in ridding Ireland’s housing stock of polluting expensive fossil fuels. However, it is essential that the new measures and funding have a laser focus on those on lower incomes and on those at risk of fuel poverty. Additional supports are also be needed to make sure renters are fully protected.

Clare O’Connor, Policy Analyst, at Friends of the Earth said:

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Update on Movement Building - Emma Jayne's experience at COP26

Issued in the blog on January 28, 2022 at 16:06:00.

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Our Head of Movement Building, Emma Jayne, travelled to Glasgow for COP26 with youth activist Amy O’Brien. While the outcome of COP26 was very disappointing, Emma Jayne and Amy had a rich experience in Glasgow, where they met activists from all over the world.

Emma Jayne and Amy built connections with other activists and found new ways to unite different struggles for climate and social justice issues - thereby building more power to demand the system change we need. Emma Jayne also brought some great resources back from Glasgow which she has compiled in a blog for sharing with the Friends of the Earth community. It has links to all sorts of excellent webinars, panel discussions, podcasts, blogs, reports and other written and audio resources.

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Update on Sick of Plastic - The Circular Economy Bill

Issued in the blog on January 28, 2022 at 16:00:00.

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Sick of Plastic is a national campaign that we run with VOICE. The campaign is working to empower communities to pressure industry and decision makers to take action on single-use plastic.

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Update on Movement Building - new Learning Hub on the way!

Issued in the blog on January 28, 2022 at 13:29:00.

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We are delighted to be returning with a new Learning Hub series running from February to May 2022.

This year we’re branching out to include film clips, eco-poetry readings, visual art discussions and inspiring books that encourage critical thinking.The Learning Hub will consist of a series of webinars and workshops that are based on themes and topics emerging from different films, images and texts.

Topics to be explored include:

  • Speaking the Predicament: Activism meets the arts through eco-poetry and the film Homo Sapiens (2016) by Nikolaus Geyrhalter
  • Power to the People with Renewable Energy
  • No New Gas and working towards a fossil free future

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