Close the loopholes in the Climate Bill

Issued in the blog on October 23, 2020 at 16:14:00.

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It’s hard to believe but Ireland could have a strong climate law before the year is out.

For the first time ever - and after years of campaigning - this is actually a distinct possibility. But - and this is what fills me with dread - there’s also a chance that this climate law could end up unfit for purpose.

Friends of the Earth, working with our partners in the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, have identified some very concerning loopholes in the climate law’s draft text. Loopholes that could undermine the law’s ability to drive emission reductions.

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Climate Justice: A discussion

Issued in the blog on October 16, 2020 at 12:48:00.

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Climate justice is a term that has been bandied around a lot lately. But do we really understand what it means? And when we use the term, are we really upholding the principles of climate justice? Despite its recent popularity, climate justice is not a new term. The ideas that underpin climate justice in its original sense have been developed over decades by social movements such as environmental justice, trade justice and peasant movements. Key climate justice concepts such as ”climate debt” and “equity” have been developed and refined, largely by movements in the Global South - often with pushback from the Global North. With that in mind we’re hosting a webinar at 6pm on 28th October to examine the meaning of climate justice. You can join us by registering for the webinar here

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Climate Bill is starting gun for the race of a lifetime to eliminate pollution

Issued in news on October 07, 2020 at 19:01:00.

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Stop Climate Chaos responds to the publication of the Climate Bill

New Bill substantially improves 2015 law but substantial weaknesses remain that must be fixed by TDs and senators

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition has welcomed the publication of the new Climate Bill, describing it as “a significant milestone” on the path to faster and fairer climate action. 

The campaign group, which includes environmental, overseas aid, youth and faith groups, has been calling for a strong climate law since 2007, and coordinated the campaign that led to the passing of the 2015 Climate Action Act.

Oisín Coghlan, Coordinator of the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition said:

"This Climate Bill substantially improves the 2015 law but substantial weaknesses remain that must be fixed by TDs and Senators."

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On the eve of the Climate Bill’s publication, Stop Climate Chaos sets five tests for the Bill and outlines essential next steps.

Issued in news on October 05, 2020 at 17:30:00.

What to look for in climate bill

The new Climate Bill is due to be published tomorrow, day 101 of the new government.

Today, 5th October, is Day 100 of the new Government. The Programme for Government committed to publishing a Climate Action Bill in the first 100 days of the new administration. Comments from the Taoiseach on 23rd September, and from the Minister for Climate Action over the weekend, indicate that the Bill is due to be published tomorrow, Tuesday, on Day 101 of the new administration. In advance of the publication of the Bill, the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, which has been campaigning for a strong climate law since 2007, has laid out 5 questions we will use to assess the Bill and 5 steps the Government needs to take in the next year. Once the Bill is published, we will assess how well it addresses our 5 benchmark questions.

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Watch it Back - Two webinars on Irish Climate Law

Issued in the blog on October 02, 2020 at 09:00:00.

What to look for in climate bill

We saw the power of legislation to hold the Government to account in August when the Supreme Court struck down the Government’s hopelessly inadequate 2017 climate action plan because it didn’t comply with the provisions of the 2015 Climate Action Act. That 2015 law was the result of 8 years of campaigning by Freinds of the Earth and the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition.

Now, at our urging, the Government parties have promised to publish a new, stronger climate law within the first 100 days of their administration, by 5th October. Ahead of this milestone, Stop Climate Chaos hosted two webinars to delve into Irish climate law and legislation.

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5 Tests for the Climate Action Bill

Issued in news on September 28, 2020 at 12:42:00.

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Friends of the Earth sets Five Questions for the new Climate Bill, as Minister Ryan announces it will be published next week

Responding to the announcement from Minister Eamon Ryan over the weekend that the outline of the Climate Action Bill has been approved by Cabinet in advance of its publication next week, Friends of the Earth today laid out the five questions the Bill needs to answer.

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

“The approval of the Climate Bill by Cabinet is welcome step. Friends of the Earth has been campaigning for a strong law to drive climate action for 13 years.

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Campaigners call on Dáil Éireann to pass new climate law by Christmas

Issued in news on September 23, 2020 at 19:07:00.

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Stop Climate Chaos launches 5 tests for faster and fairer climate action

Climate campaigners have called on the Dáil to pass its promised climate law by Christmas. The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition said the climate law is crucial but the Government needs to move from legal frameworks to real action as quickly as possible. The Government has promised to publish a new Climate Bill within its first 100 days, by October 5th. The campaign group expects the Bill to closely follow the recommendations of an all-party committee on climate action, and has set out 5 tests for the policies and measures that must follow the law.

Commenting, Oisín Coghlan, a spokesperson for Stop Climate Chaos, said:

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We're hiring! Education & Outreach Officer needed (Youth & Community)

Issued in the blog on September 17, 2020 at 09:43:00.

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We’re looking for a development education officer with ample experience in community engagement to join our team!

This person would have experience in development education, working with youth, working with groups disproportionately impacted by unjust policies, would be an excellent project manager with a keen ability to prioritise in a pressuring environment, and would have an understanding of the sensitivities that come with building connections with groups typically under-represented in the environmental movement.

We need someone who is enthusiastic about education and about developing leadership, who can coordinate national projects and support the voices of youth and affected communities to reach policy-makers.

Read the job description and get full details on how to apply here! Deadline for applications is midnight Irish time, October 5th.

Community Power Success!

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

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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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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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