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 […]

MEPs call on Commission to refuse support for Shannon LNG

October 3rd, 2019. Irish MEPs have sent a letter to the European Commission calling on it to reject all Irish gas projects on a special energy list that they say will encourage the importation of fracked US gas. Ireland is expected to push for the continued inclusion of a planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal […]

Press conference of Phil Hogan, Member of the EC in charge of Agriculture and Rural Development, on the Common Agricultural Policy after 2020.

Big Phil backs Mercosur to rein in Bolsonaro on climate

October 2nd, 2019 Phil Hogan has said that the controversial Mercosur trade deal gives the EU “some leverage” to work with Brazil on environmental issues such as deforestation in the Amazon. Mr Hogan was speaking earlier this week during a hearing for his nomination as Trade Commissioner during which he fielded numerous questions on environment […]

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The Commissioners steering Europe’s Green Deal

September 16th, 2019 Last week, the new European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen outlined her nominees for Commissioners, many of whom are tasked with addressing the climate crisis.  Ms von der Leyen has promised to present a European Green Deal within the first 100 days of taking office on 1 November. The policy, she […]

EIB looks set to phase out fossil fuel support

August 1st, 2019 The European Investment Bank (EIB) has outlined plans to phase out its support of fossil fuel-dependent projects. In its draft Energy Lending Policy, the Bank outlines a planned phase-out of support for projects that are “reliant” on fossil fuels by the end of 2020. This includes projects linked directly to oil and […]

Host of EU airlines propped up by subsidies, study finds

July 26th, 2019 Almost a quarter of EU airports served by Ryanair are “likely” to be loss-making and sustained through subsidies, a new report has found. According to analysis done by Transport & Environment (T&E), 52 Ryanair-carrying airports are either documented to be receiving subsidies or see less than 500,000 passengers pass through its terminals […]

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Coal power generation down 79% in Ireland

July 26th, 2019 A new analysis shows that energy generation from coal collapsed by 79 per cent in the first half of 2019 in Ireland. The study from the environmental think-tank Sandbag found that coal use fell across the board in Europe, with overall usage down 19 per cent. The latest figures come on top […]

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Commission tackles Ireland on peat extraction problems

July 25th, 2019 The European Commission is taking action against Ireland for a continued failure to ensure that peat extraction is properly assessed for environmental impacts as required under EU law. In its latest package of infringement decisions, the Commission said that it is pursuing Ireland for failing to fully transpose the Environmental Impact Assessment […]

Grace O’Sullivan secures fourth seat in Ireland South

June 4th, 2019 Senator Grace O’Sullivan has secured the fourth MEP seat in the Ireland South constituency. Ms O’Sullivan edged out Fine Gael’s Deirdre Clune who takes the fifth and final seat, although she cannot take up her role at the Parliament until after Britain officially leaves the EU. Fine Gael’s Seán Kelly and Fianna […]

75% of highly polluting diesel cars yet to be recalled across EU

May 30th, 2019 Three out of four highly polluting diesel cars have yet to be recalled for fixes, a new analysis of the most recent EU data has revealed. The analysis conducted by Brussel-based Transport and Environment (T&E) shows that only 10 of the 43 million cars from manufacturers caught up in the Dieselgate emission […]