European Investment Bank to cease fossil fuel funding

November 15th, 2019 The European Investment Bank (EIB) will cease to fund fossil fuel projects from 2021.  The bloc’s lending body made the landmark announcement following a colossal 11-hour meeting yesterday to bang out the finer details of its new energy lending policy.  In the future, the bank will focus on accelerating “clean energy innovation, […]

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ESB to close both its Midlands peat stations in 2020

November 8th, 2019 The ESB has announced that it will shut its peat plants in the Midlands when current planning permissions expire at the end of 2020. The decision will have deeply felt ramifications for Midlands communities dependent on the semi-state body for employment, especially as the plants were scheduled to shut in 2027 in […]

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Commission confirms Shannon LNG amid 55 gas projects on special EU energy list

November 1st, 2019 The European Commission has confirmed that the Shannon LNG gas terminal is included among 55 fossil fuel projects on the EU’s latest list of priority energy projects. In one of the last acts of President Juncker’s administration, the Commission rubber-stamped the Projects of Commons Interest (PCI) list that critics say flies in […]

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Extinction Rebellion protest oil and gas industry event

October 31st, 2019 Extinction Rebellion activists called on the Government to revoke all oil and gas prospecting licences during a protest staged outside a petrochemical conference yesterday. Demonstrators held an action outside the Burlington Clayton Hotel in Dublin to oppose the Atlantic Ireland 2019 Conference where Minister of State for Natural Resources Sean Canney TD […]

State confirms support of Shannon LNG project

October 22nd, 2019 The Government has confirmed that it will not change its position on supporting the Shannon LNG project for inclusion on the EU’s priority energy list despite growing pressure over the project’s links to fracking in the US. At the start of the month, the Government put the US-owned gas terminal project forward […]

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Pressure grows on State to drop support for gas terminal project

October 21st, 2019 The Lord Mayor of Dublin has joined climate activists, environmental groups and Hollywood stars in calling for the State to drop support for a gas terminal that critics argue will make Ireland a hub for fracked gas imports. Writing yesterday to the Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton TD, Paul McAuliffe said […]

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Experts call for restriction of ‘climate-damaging’ forestry bioenergy

October 21st, 2019 A European scientific academy has warned that the EU’s large-scale substitution of fossil fuels with forest biomass may lead to the bloc overshooting its climate targets. A paper from the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC) published this month in Global Change Biology indicates that there is a serious mismatch between the […]

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Extinction Rebellion brings fracking concerns to Climate Minister’s front door

October 11th, 2019 Extinction Rebellion activists plastered the Department of Climate Action with scientific research on fracking in protest against the State’s support of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal planned for the Shannon Estuary. Around 100 protesters, many dressed in boiler suits, gathered at the Department building on Adelaide Road and pasted printouts of […]

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Commission tells MEPs to voice fracking concerns with Irish government

October 4th, 2019 Irish MEPs have been told by the European Commission to air any concerns over the proposed Shannon LNG terminal directly with the Government.   Earlier this week, seven MEPs from the island of Ireland sent a letter to Juul Jørgensen, the Director-General of the Commission’s energy department, calling for Irish gas projects […]

Minister avoids call for Dail vote over fracking concerns

October 3rd, 2019 While recognising concerns over fracked gas links to a planned gas terminal in Co Kerry, the Minister for Climate Action has rejected calls for a Dail vote over its inclusion as a priority EU energy project. Richard Bruton addressed the issue this afternoon during a Dail debate on the Government’s support for […]