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Ban food waste from landfill for renewable energy, warns thinktank

Issued in news on July 03, 2012 at 11:21:00.

The Guardian

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The government should ban all food leftovers from landfill by the end of the decade to boost technology which can turn it into energy, a study from thinktank CentreForum suggested on Tuesday.

Councils should be given financial support to help them bring in separate food waste collections for households and businesses to ensure a steady supply of organic waste for anaerobic digestion, a renewable power source.

The process could create enough biogas from green waste and purpose-grown crops to power more than 2.5m UK homes by 2020, the report said.

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Minister Hogan's speech to Rio conference, June 2012

Issued in publications on June 25, 2012.

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This is the official text of Phil Hogan's speech to the Rio+20 Earth Summit on Thursday 21st June.

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Rio+20 outcome analysis by Friends of the Earth UK

Issued in publications on June 25, 2012.

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This is a nine-page analysis of the final outcome document of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, inlcuding a good 2-page introduction and overview at the beginning.

Written by campaigners from Friends of the Earth UK in Rio, there is one mention of Nick Clegg but apart from that the content is not UK specific.

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A letter to Joe Costello when I thought he was going to the Rio Summit, or a couple of things Labour could do if they wanted to show they take sustainability seriously

Issued in the blog on June 13, 2012 at 12:14:00.

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The Irish Times reported on Monday that Joe Costello, Minster for Development and Trade, would be joining Minister Phil Hogan at the Rio+20 Earth Summit.

We drafted a letter to him suggesting a couple of things he could usefully do to ensure Rio has a progressice impact in Ireland.

On Wednesday we discovered he wasn't going to Rio, the Irish Times was mistaken.

It's a pity really. Many countries are sending their prime minister, but not Ireland. Others are sending their deputy prime minister, but not Ireland. Last week the Taoiseach and the Tanaiste "launched" a blueprint for "Our Sustainable Future" but couldn't manage a word between them for reporters or the the public .

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Failure of Taoiseach and Tanaiste to speak at launch of sustainability plan a worrying sign

Issued in news on June 06, 2012 at 17:57:00.

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Dáil should debate "Our Sustainable Future" before Rio Earth Summit

Friends of the Earth has critcised the failure of the Taoiseach and Tánaiste to speak at the launch of the Government's new sustainable development plan today. The landmark document deserves be debated in the Dáil before the Rio Earth summit later this month, according to the environmental organisation.

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

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Taoiseach, Tanaiste and Minister for Environment launch "Our Sustainable Future, A framework for Sustainable Development in Ireland"

Issued in news on June 06, 2012 at 17:20:00.

The Green Economy is a Central Plank to Our Economic Recovery - Taoiseach

Focus on Food and Nutrition Security will Support Progress at a Global Level - Tanaiste

Package of 70 Measures - for Our Environment, for Jobs and for our General Wellbeing - Hogan

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, T.D., accompanied by the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore, T.D., and Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, today (6th June) published Our Sustainable Future, a Framework for Sustainable Development for Ireland. The green economy and sustainable development agendas are a key element of Ireland's economic recovery strategy and the Framework launched today sets out the range of environmental, economic and social measures required to move these agendas forward from vision to reality. The Framework will be Ireland's main contribution to the Rio +20 conference on sustainable development which takes place in Rio de Janeiro later this month.

Our Sustainable Future is a joined-up approach to policy making on sustainable development, it sets out 70 measures that will ensure we improve our quality of life for current and future generations and sets out clear measures, responsibilities and timelines in an implementation plan. These include areas such as the sustainability of public finances and economic resilience, natural resources, agriculture, climate change, transport, public health, education, innovation and research, education, skills and training, and global poverty.

While considerable progress has been made in integrating sustainability principles into public policy making in Ireland since the first national strategy in this area was published in 1997, significant gaps remain across a range of economic, social and environmental policy areas.

Launching the Framework, the Taoiseach commented; "Our Sustainable Future is very deliberately ambitious in both scope and intent. The Green economy is a central plank to our economic recovery and this was recognised in the Action Plan for Jobs 2012. This Framework sets out a medium to long-term plan to guide the essential work we need to do to progress the sustainable development agenda and more fully embrace the green economy in Ireland". Emphasising the need to plan now for a future that is truly sustainable, the Taoiseach added; "The Framework doesn't just focus on the real and present priorities of economic recovery and fiscal stability, but also looks beyond the current economic crisis and forges a vision on how we can transition Ireland to a resource efficient, low-carbon and climate resilient future".

The Tánaiste highlighted that Our Sustainable Future is based on a joined-up approach to policy making and the vision which it outlines will shape and influence policy across all sectors in the period ahead. He also emphasised the global perspective within the Framework: "In an interdependent world, Ireland will continue to play a key role in supporting economic development in poorer countries and in eliminating poverty. We have been active in the international arena in advancing the agenda of global food and nutrition security and Ireland will be pushing hard to ensure that this priority is adequately reflected in the outcome from Rio +20."

Minister Hogan, who will lead Ireland's representation at the Rio +20 Conference, said that it is widely recognised, at both UN and EU levels, that it is not possible to achieve sustainable development goals without advancing the green economy, a point which has also been highlighted consistently by the OECD. "My objective is to make Ireland an environmental leader, this is not for ideological reasons but for many practical reasons. As part of our recovery plan, Ireland needs to be clean and green. For our own health, we must be green; for tourism, we must be green; for high-tech industry, we must be green, and for eco-business, we must be green. The 'business-as-usual' approach will not suffice; we require a major reorientation of public and private investment, particularly in terms of innovation, research and development in those areas where we need radically new approaches. We need a more developed "green economy" focus, achieving a more mutually supportive interface between environmental protection and economic development, while also ensuring that our approaches are socially sustainable. Our Sustainable Future is premised on this and the measures contained within it are designed to position us firmly on the desired path", Minister Hogan said.

The delivery of the measures outlined in Our Sustainable Future will require a collective approach, involving the active participation of all key sectors and civil society generally. It will be the responsibility for each sector led by the relevant Government Department to implement the elements of the Framework in their respective areas. A High Level Inter-Departmental Group on Sustainable Development, chaired by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, will coordinate and drive overall implementation of the Framework and will report on progress to the Cabinet Committee on Climate Change and the Green Economy, chaired by the Taoiseach, which will provide the essential political oversight for the implementation process.

The Rio +20 Conference marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (the Earth Summit). The objective of the conference is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and identify the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development. The Conference has two major themes: the green economy and improving international environmental governance.

Our Sustainable Future is available to download from the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government website,


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Our Sustainable Future Framework for Sustainable Development in Ireland

Issued in publications on June 06, 2012.

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State of the Planet Declaration

Issued in publications on March 31, 2012.

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CRAI protest against Poolbeg incinerator, Saturday 30th January

Issued in news on January 29, 2010 at 13:07:00.


Protest organised by the Combined Residents Againist Incineration


11.30am, Saturday Jan 30th

At Dublin Waste to Energy Project, Clanna Gael, Sean Moore Road, Ringsend, D4


You are invited to bring friends, children, family, workmates- we need a big turnout!


The incinerator is anti-recycling:

Dublin City Council plan to build one of the biggest incinerators in Europe in Poolbeg- it will have a capacity for burning 600,000 tonnes of waste yet Dublin only produces a fraction of that amount.


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Ireland set to miss environmental targets says EPA

Issued in news on October 08, 2008 at 10:20:00.

The Irish Times

Ireland is set to miss key targets in tackling waste, carbon dioxide emissions and water quality, the country's environmental watchdog warned today.

Announcing its state of the environment report, Ireland's Environment 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned that greenhouse gas emissions will exceed the proposed 2020 target by seven million tonnes.

As the influential body issued its fourth state of the environment report, director general Mary Kelly said progress had been too slow to date.

"We are not making headway and we are not progressing at the rate we need to," she said. "We have challenges on climate change, we have challenges on water quality and we have challenges on waste."

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