• Gluaiseacht submitted the following to the consultation on Micro-generation Support Scheme (MSS) in February.

    ● The climate crisis means we need to urgently reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We
    need to transition our energy system away from fossil fuels to a completely renewable
    energy system, but more importantly we need to reduce our overall energy demand,
    which is a “fossil fuel era” demand.
    ● We want the energy system to be run for the public good. A system run for profit is
    fundamentally incompatible with energy demand reduction.
    ● We reject the principle that this MSS has to pay for itself - it should be paid out of
    general taxation, to lessen the risk of poorer people subsidising wealthier people.
    ● This MSS should specifically incentivize community projects and not focus solely on
    individual homeowners. Collective community energy projects have a greater ability to
    bring benefits of renewable energy to the whole community rather than just those owning
    their own homes.
    ● The suggested BER of a C rating or better would currently exclude 45% of the houses
    in the country. It violates the principle of "equity" which is supposedly sought after
    in the design of the scheme.
    ● The 6/11kW limit on the size of microgeneration is very low in comparison to
    similar schemes in Europe and is needlessly restrictive.
    ● Participation in this scheme should be clear and straightforward, in contrast with
    the Government consultation documents for this scheme.
    ● Of the policy options available we would suggest the Feed-in-premium or feed-in-tariff,
    but not as described in the Ricardo consultants report

  • - Corrib Gas operators Vermilion previously threatened to use investor courts to sue France over climate law -

    Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has yet again used his position in Government to help oil and gas companies, this time by pushing for the ratification of the CETA trade deal [1], according to environmental campaign group Gluaiseacht.

    In his first stint as Minister for Energy a decade ago, Eamon Ryan, despite being a high-profile opponent of the Corrib Gas development before entering Government, signed off on various authorisations for the project during his term in Government [2, 3].

    In recent months, intense lobbying in particular by the Ireland Canada Business Association (ICBA), has seen Eamon Ryan convert from opposing CETA to supporting the trade deal [4]. The ICBA is a trade association for Canadian businesses in Ireland and includes 2 of the 3 Corrib Gas partners, Vermilion Energy and Nephin Energy. Among the other ICBA members is Irving Oil which owns Ireland’s only oil refinery.

  • We, the undersigned environmental organisations wish to raise concerns that have become apparent with the Climate Change Advisory Council (CCAC), the advisory body set up to advise on how Ireland can achieve the transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by 2050. We call that the CCAC be reformed so that it can properly carry out its stated functions.

    Recent concerning statements from the CCAC include:

    Professor John Fitzgerald's comments to the Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action on the 16/10/19:


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