Some short-term relief but not yet the energy revolution we need

Friends of the Earth has welcomed some of the short-term measures in Budget 2023 but said the overall package still lacks the scale and urgency to drive the energy revolution we need to get off unreliable, skyrocketing fossil fuels for good. Commenting, Friends of the Earth Chief Executive, Oisín Coghlan said: Fuel allowance and retrofitting […]

Ireland should move towards achieving the health-based WHO air quality guidelines

Air quality in Ireland is generally good, however, there are concerning localised issues that are impacting negatively on the air we breathe. Ireland met all of its EU legal requirements in 2021, but it did not meet the new health-based WHO guidelines in 2021. Ireland and Europe should move towards achieving the health-based WHO air […]

EPA calls for urgent measures to tackle packaging waste

Ireland generated over one million tonnes of packaging waste in 2020, for the fourth year in a row. Ireland is continuing to achieve high levels of recycling for glass (84%), paper/cardboard (78%) and metal packaging (71%). Plastics present a serious challenge. Only 29% of plastic packaging waste was recycled in 2020, a long way off […]

Faced with tough decisions on Climate Emissions, the Government blinked – Chambers Ireland

Speaking after news of the CO2 emissions deal between Government parties broke, Chambers Ireland Head of Policy, Shane Conneely said “This is only the first of many difficult conversations on climate that we face, and the Government blinked. “We welcome some parts decision the agreement, but not how we got here. There has been too […]

Higher emission targets for agriculture are not only crucial for our climate, but for water and air quality, biodiversity, and food security say civil society NGOs

The Environmental Pillar, the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition and the Sustainable Water Network (SWAN) have voiced concern that almost no consideration is being given to the water pollution, air pollution, biodiversity loss and food security issues associated with agricultural intensification in the ongoing deliberations on the Sectoral Emissions Ceilings for the Agricultural sector. A 22% […]

EPA data shows Ireland’s 2021 Greenhouse Gas Emissions above pre-Covid levels

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 4.7 per cent in 2021 compared to 2020 and are now 1.1 per cent above 2019 pre-COVID restriction levels. Emissions from the Energy Industries sector increased by 17.6 per cent in 2021, driven by a tripling of coal and oil use in electricity generation. Agriculture emissions increased by 3.0 […]

Taoiseach urged to convene Coalition party leaders to agree climate targets – “Serious concern” as Agriculture only sector holding out for easier targets

Friends of the Earth has urged the Taoiseach to convene the Coalition party leaders to break the deadlock over agricultural pollution. The environmental campaigning organisation has written to the Taoiseach [1] expressing “serious concern” that the Government missed its own deadline this week to agree binding “sectoral emissions ceilings” for industry, transport, electricity, buildings and […]

Ireland sees 70% reduction in chewing gum litter since 2007

Gum litter now accounts for only 8% of all litter compared with 2007 – Gum Litter Taskforce campaign   The Department of Environment, Climate and Communications, Food Drink Ireland and the chewing gum industry announce the renewal of successful gum litter awareness campaign Remarkable 70% reduction in chewing gum litter since the campaign began in […]

New €1.5 billion flagship agri-environment scheme called #ACRES (Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme) launched today

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, today announced that the new national agri-environment scheme, proposed as part of Ireland’s draft CAP Strategic Plan (CSP), will be known as the Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (‘ACRES’). The announcement of the scheme name formed part of the update provided by the Minister on the proposed […]

Final auction results of the second Renewable Electricity Support Scheme 2 (RESS 2) auction have been published

The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) provides support to renewable electricity projects in Ireland. With a primary focus on cost effectiveness, the RESS delivers a broader range of policy objectives, including: providing an Enabling Framework for Community Participation through the provision of pathways and supports for communities to participate in renewable energy projects increasing technology diversity by […]

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