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Petition: Reject Shannon LNG's Planning Application

I don’t want more fossil fuels in Ireland and want An Bord Pleanála to reject Shannon LNG’s planning application.

  • In May this year, the Government produced a policy statement which introduces a moratorium on fracked gas imports and the development of polluting Liquefied Natural Gas terminals pending the completion of an energy security review (to be completed over the coming months).
  • Since then the Government has committed to increasing the current objective of 70% renewable electricity on the Irish system by 2030 to ‘up to 80%’ under the new National Development Plan that has just been released. The Government passed a new Climate Act in July which introduces a climate neutrality target for 2050, as well a 51% emissions reduction target by 2030. The Government has also committed to reaching 70% renewable electricity on the Irish system by 2030. The construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure is completely incompatible with these objectives.
  • A year ago Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin produced a letter to their Green Party counterparts which noted "Both of our parties accept that as we move towards carbon neutrality, it does not make sense to build new large scale fossil fuel infrastructure such as liquefied natural gas import terminals".
  • The Government introduced legislation to prevent new licences for oil and gas exploration in Irish waters in July this year. There is already a legislative ban on fracked gas in Ireland since 2017. There is also legislation in place to make the state investment fund pull its money out of fossil fuels.
  • The International Energy Agency in their analysis of a pathway to net zero emissions has concluded that “beyond projects already committed as of 2021, there are no new oil and gas fields approved for development…Net zero means a huge decline in the use of fossil fuel”.
  • UCC research has shown that as Ireland decarbonises its energy system and phases out fossil fuels, Irish semi-states face significant risks of stranded assets and major economic losses. However, our planning and regulatory system is not properly aligned with our climate obligations
  • At the very least half of all existing gas reserves need to stay in the ground unburned to keep global heating to less than 2C, more if we are serious about the Paris goal of 1.5C. There is just no room for new gas. We need to #KeepItInTheGround.
  • Having banned fracking here to protect our communities from the environmental and health effects, it would be hypocritical in the extreme to start importing fracked gas from under the feet of communities in the US who stood with us while we campaigned for the Irish ban.
  • It makes no environmental or economic sense to sink millions of euro into building import terminals to import liquefied fossil gas (fracked or not) from around the world when we have to use less and less gas in future.


Notes

  • This initiative is supported by several activist groups and originated with Safety Before LNG -safetybeforelng.ie
  • Full information on this case is available on the An Bord Pleanála website here .If you wish to make your own individual submission to An Bord Pleanála, please see An Bord Pleanála’s requirements on their website here and here (note in person or by letter only; ABP fee of €50 per submission)

No New Gas

Ireland has a chance to show the way to a Fossil Free Future if the Government's new climate law guarantees #NoNewGas: no to importing fracked gas, no to building LNG terminals and no to new offshore exploration. Join the call to the three coalition leaders.

Ireland has a chance to show the way to a Fossil Free Future if the new Climate Law from legislates for No New Gas: no to importing fracked gas, no to building LNG terminals and no to new offshore exploration.

In recent years Ireland has taken a couple of steps on the path to a  Fossil Free Future, with laws to ban fracking and to make the state investment fund pull its money out of fossil fuels. And we are phasing out the burning of coal and peat to make electricity. Now we need to make sure we don't get hooked on gas instead.

Gas is fossil fuel too. At the very least half of all existing gas reserves need to stay in the ground unburned to keep global heating to less than 2C, more if we are serious about the Paris goal of 1.5C. There is just no room for new gas. We need to #KeepItInTheGround.

In Ireland, fossil gas provides 31% of our total energy supply compared to 11% from renewables (4,571 kilotonnes of oil equivalent compared to 1629 ktoe from renewables in 2019). Those gas numbers have to start coming down if Ireland is to do its fair share to prevent complete climate breakdown. 

What's the next step?

  • Having banned fracking here to protect our communities from the environmental and health effects, it would be hypocritical in the extreme to start importing fracked gas from under the feet of communities in the US who stood with us while we campaigned for the Irish ban.

  • It makes no environmental or economic sense to sink millions of euro into building import terminals to import liquefied fossil gas (fracked or not) from around the world when we have to use less and less gas in future. The push for LNG terminals is a last gasp bid by Big Oil and Gas to keep us hooked on their lethal products and to use Ireland as a supply line to the rest of Europe.

  • And it makes no sense of any kind to allow companies to start looking for new oil and gas in Irish waters now, when even if they found any it wouldn't come onshore 'til the 2030s when we should be squeezing the last fossil fuels out of our energy system.

Sign the petition asking the Irish government to include these steps in the new climate law they will be publishing soon. 

I'm sick of plastic and I want to see action

Hey Irish Supermarkets: We don’t want your plastic!

Ireland is the No. 1 plastic producer in Europe.

Much of this plastic is unnecessary and a lion’s share comes from our supermarkets.

Recycling is not enough. We demand that industry turn off the tap on plastic packaging and invest in refill and reuse options in store.

Ireland has the fourth – lowest recycling rate of plastics in the European Union.

What Irish Supermarkets can do:

  1. Offer more items without packaging, such as fruit and vegetables (without plastic trays, wrapping and nets) at competitive prices
  2. Make their own-brand packaging easily reusable, compostable or recyclable, and use less plastic
  3. Demand, through their purchasing power, that other brands they carry have easily reusable, compostable or recyclable packaging, and use less plastic
  4. Blaze a trail in Ireland by implementing a plastic free aisle, as has been done in the Netherlands
  5. Provide items in bulk, where possible, to reduce packaging
  6. Allow shoppers use their own containers to buy dried goods, deli items, salads, fish etc - buying only what they need

What our Government can do:

We must press the Government to adopt an ambitious Single-Use Plastic plan that embraces the circular economy:

  1. Deposit Refund Scheme that includes glass
  2. Move away from compostable options as this still supports a throw-away culture.
  3. Encourage and reward the use of reusable items. There is a better way than throw away.
  4. Set Refill targets for supermarkets: we want 30% refill options in store by 2030.

Sick of Plastic is a national campaign in partnership with VOICE Ireland and supported by Climate Love Ireland.

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For the Love of ...Solar Schools

Please change the planning exemptions so that schools and community buildings can install solar panels, without the added expense of seeking planning permission.

We love Solar Power! It's clean, free and zero carbon, but in Ireland we have hardly any of it.

And the reason why has nothing to do with how much sun we get! It's because Ireland has unique rules that are designed to make installing solar panels REALLY hard. It is particularly hard for schools.

One of these rules is planning permission.  Schools need planning permission to install even one solar panel.  It's madness, and adds significant cost. 

For years politicians have promised to change this.  They even leaked a story to the papers in August 2020, that they had done it! But they haven't. 

Today, the change is in the hands of Minister Peter Burke. 

Please email your TD's today, and ask them to put pressues on Minister Burke and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage,   and ask him to make good on the promise of many before him, for the Love of Solar. 

Make your promise on LNG a policy!

We want to see a robust Government policy statement on Liquefied Natural Gas

On April 28th 2020 both Leo Varadkar and Micheal Martin signed a statement saying "Both of our parties accept that as we move towards carbon neutrality, it does not make sense to build new large scale fossil fuel infrastructure such as liquefied natural gas import terminals"

Following this the Programme for Government was agreed, which committed to developing a policy statement to prevent the importation of fracked gas.

But the Government has done nothing to make good on this promise, and the threat is growing every day that the fossil fuel industry will start to build liquified natural gas terminals in Ireland. There are now potentially 5 terminals in the making, and plans to turn Ireland into the gateway location for the transportation of fossil gas though Ireland into the UK and Europe. As a country we were groundbreaking in establishing a ban on fracking in 2017, so to import fracked gas from abroad is tantamount to offshoring the injustice that communities subjected to fracking face. It would also add fuel to the climate crisis.
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Email your Government TD's and Senators today and tell them to Act Now to prevent LNG terminals - floating or fixed - in Ireland. 
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