Academic review contests claim that gas is essential to Ireland’s energy security

Nov 13, 2018 No Comments by

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition has published research which finds the best way to ensure Ireland’s energy security would be to cut back strongly on energy consumption, rapidly develop indigenous renewables and make use of electrofuels-based with energy storage technology. This would allow Ireland phase out all fossil fuels, including fossil gas, in line with our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. The study, whose lead author Barry McMullin is a Feasta member, contradicts a report from the Irish Academy of Engineering in July which claimed that fossil gas is essential to Ireland’s energy security. This new research comes on the closing day of a government consultation for what Minister Bruton describes as a new “all of Government plan” to tackle climate change which will “require a revolution in how we live”.

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Caroline Whyte has been involved with Feasta since 2002. She studied ecological economics at Mälardalen University in Sweden, writing a masters thesis on the relationship between central banking and sustainability. She contributed to Feasta's books Fleeing Vesuvius and Sharing for Survival. Along with four other Feasta climate group members she helped to launch the CapGlobalCarbon initative at the COP-21 summit in Paris in December 2015. In February 2017 she participated in the World Basic Income conference in Manchester, discussing the potential for climate action to contribute to reducing poverty and inequality worldwide. She lives in central France, from where she edits the Feasta website.

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