Smoky coal ban to be extended while calls for nationwide ban continue

27 July 2020  The Minister for Climate Action has signed regulations extending the smoky coal ban and its burning, sale and advertisement will be prohibited from 1 September 2020.  The ban will be extended to all towns with populations over 10,000 people, causing the use of smoky coal to be prohibited in thirteen additional areas […]

Pandemic recovery is a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to transition from coal to renewables

15 July 2020  The post-pandemic recovery presents a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity in rebuilding the Europe-wide economy by overseeing a just and rapid transition from coal to renewable energy, according to a European environmental campaign.  The Europe Beyond Coal campaign released its Fool’s Gold update for 2020, a report which examines how European and international financial institutions […]

Offshore wind turbines at Barrow Offshore Wind off Walney Island in the Irish Sea Photo: Andy Dingley

Offshore wind investment proves “resilient” despite Covid-19

14 July 2020 Investment in offshore wind energy has shown “great resilience” in the face of ongoing economic and public health crises this year, according to new international analysis.  Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reported that offshore wind had “by far its busiest half year ever” in terms of investment, and the development offsets any […]

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EU’s Hydrogen Strategy risks becoming a “gift” to the fossil fuel industry

9 July 2020 The newly announced EU Hydrogen Strategy could become “yet another gift to the fossil fuel industry”, the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) warns.  The European Commission published the document yesterday and said it would, in tandem with energy system integration, “pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by […]

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 […]

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“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 […]

Extinction Rebellion anti-fracking protest at DCCAE offices Photo: Niall Sargent

Irish anti-fracking activist meets UN to discuss global fracking ban

March 6th, 2020 An Irish anti-fracking campaigner joined other activists, healthcare professionals and NGOs in New York this week to meet UN officials over their concerns with the controversial energy source. Joining residents and campaigners from New York and Pennsylvania on Thursday, Eddie Mitchell of Love Leitrim met with Satya Tripathi, a UN Assistant Secretary-General […]

Gov’t failing to prevent abuses linked to ESB coal imports, charity warns

February 20th, 2020 Christian Aid Ireland has accused the ESB of complicity in human rights abuses in Colombia by importing coal from the controversial Cerrejón mine for use at its Moneypoint power station. In a new report launched today, the charity also points to Ireland’s taxation system as facilitating the mine owners to potentially avoid […]

Extinction Rebellion Fracking protest outside DCCAE office Photo: Niall Sargent

Shannon LNG project faces fresh legal challenge

February 14th, 2020  The High Court yesterday granted leave to an environmental group to challenge the decision of the State and the European Commission to put forward the proposed Shannon LNG gas terminal for the EU’s list of priority energy projects. Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] alleges that both Ireland and the EU failed […]

MEP Maria Walsh Photo: European Union/Didier BAUWERAERTS

Maria Walsh votes ‘with conscience’ in bid to block EU gas projects

February 12th, 2020 Fine Gael MEP Maria Walsh broke party lines this morning and voted with her “conscience” in favour of a motion that would have blocked the EU’s new priority energy list that includes over 50 new fossil fuel projects. The European Parliament ultimately voted down the motion to veto the Projects of Common […]