EPA: “Systemic change” still needed for low-carbon society

If fully implemented, the 2019 Climate Action Plan would meet existing climate targets but systemic change is still needed for Ireland to become a low carbon society, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said.  The agency published its greenhouse gas emissions projection for the 2019 and 2040 period today and found that the State can […]

Tallaght wetland after levelling Photo: Collie Ennis

Land management and habitat protection crucial in preventing future pandemics

7 July 2020 Sustainable land management and habitat protection are key elements of preventing future zoonotic outbreaks like COVID-19, the UN has said.  In a joint report by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the “rising trend” in zoonotic diseases is attributed to “the degradation of our natural […]

Future of LNG terminals “tenuous” due to climate concerns and COVID-19

7 July 2020 The outlook of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminals is “tenuous” and “continues to worsen” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and growing concern about the industry’s climate impact, new international analysis reveals.  Following a worldwide survey of LNG terminals in May of this year, Global Energy Monitor has found that 61 […]

Saoi O’Connor is back in the streets with a mask on and from a distance

3 July 2020  By early 2020, Saoi O’Connor was no stranger to weekday protests and grassroots climate action. For the past year and a half, they had been out on the streets, imploring the world to act on the climate crisis.  They had appeared on the radio, on television, in print media. They forged a […]

Industrial Emissions Photo: Dirk Duckhorn

“Systemic change” still needed despite 2020 emissions reduction

3 July 2020 Despite a 9.5 per cent emissions reduction this year, Ireland will still fail to meet its 2030 climate targets in the absence of systemic change, a new state-commissioned analysis reveals. The Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI) released its environmental and economic impact assessment of COVID-19 and projected economy-wide emissions would fall […]

Ireland referred to European Court over failed conservation efforts

Ireland has been referred to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) following its longstanding failure to designate Special Areas of Conservation.  Over 400 sites in Ireland do not have “the necessary conservation measures” according to the European Commission and the State has missed the relevant deadline for the designation by over five years.  […]

Nature protection in Department of Housing ‘beggars belief’

1 July 2020  Handing the responsibility of the biodiversity crisis to the Department of Housing is a decision that “beggars belief”, according to a statement released today by a coalition of leading environmental NGOs.  The Environmental Pillar, Birdwatch Ireland, Irish Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Earth, An Taisce and SWAN are calling for an immediate […]

Shannon LNG terminal faces second legal challenge

30 June 2020 The controversial Shannon LNG terminal faces its second challenge in the High Court today from an environmental group who alleges both Ireland and the EU failed to do the necessary climate assessments before putting it forward as a Project of Common Interest (PCI).  In their second challenge to the project, Friends of […]

Airline emissions in Europe soared upwards in 2019

April 3rd, 2020 Fourteen of the 20 biggest polluting airlines saw their emissions rise in 2019, according to official EU figures released this week.  The 14 carriers released an extra 1.6 million tonnes of CO2 last year alone and the collective emissions figure for the aviation sector is expected to be released by the European […]

Car industry wants EU to relax CO2 targets due to Covid-19

April 2nd, 2020 The automobile industry is pushing the European Commission to relax car industry CO2 targets in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Representatives for car manufacturers, suppliers, tyre-makers and dealers wrote to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen last week asking for the let-up, stressing that the pandemic should justify postponing CO2 and […]