Feasta’s response to the European Commission’s proposal concerning emissions of greenhouse gases from aircraft

Dec 20, 2006 Comments Off

Feasta has issued a press release (pdf format, 76K) in response to today’s proposal by the European Commission concerning emissions of greenhouse gases from aircraft. We believe that the Commission’s proposal would distort competition between all forms of transport, hand windfall profits to airlines rather than citizens, and would fail to provide a model for the overall reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. We suggest an alternative approach which would involve placing a limit on emissions and other environmental damage from the entire transport sector. You can read about this in more detail in a background briefing (pdf format, …

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Controlling the environmental impact of the transport sector

Dec 20, 2006 Comments Off

Feasta issued these two documents in response to a proposal by the European Commission concerning emissions of greenhouse gases from aircraft. We believe that the Commission’s proposal would distort competition between all forms of transport, hand windfall profits to airlines rather than citizens, and would fail to provide a model for the overall reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. We suggest an alternative approach which would involve placing a limit on emissions and other environmental damage from the entire transport sector.

Background Briefing: Controlling the environmental impact of the transport sector
Press Release: Feasta’s response to EU aviation proposals

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Press Release: Feasta’s response to EU aviation proposals

Dec 20, 2006 Comments Off

Wednesday, 20th December 2006
Download a PDF version of this Press Release.

EU aviation proposals “distort competition between all forms of transport, hand windfall  profits to airlines rather than citizens, and do not provide a model for the overall reform of the EU ETS.”

Feasta suggests alternative approach…

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Individual Emissions Entitlements & Cap and Trade in California

Nov 12, 2006 Comments Off

These two handouts were prepared by Feasta member Mike Sandler to bring to a November 2006 meeting in Sacramento with California Environmental Protection Agency staff about learning from the European Trading System (ETS), and how California can create a cap and trade system which provides Individual Emissions Entitlements.

Individual Emissions Entitlements & Cap and Trade in California

Learning from the European Trading System/ Important Decisions in a Future Cap and Trade System

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From Recession to Renewables

Nov 09, 2006 Comments Off

by Richard Douthwaite

The notion that curbing CO2 emissions would damage economic growth has been used as an excuse from developed countries such as the USA not to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy. However, the people of Austrian town Güssing are discovering firsthand that this couldn’t be further from the truth.

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The Economic Challenge of Sustainability

Aug 13, 2006 Comments Off

This paper, which was written for CORI Justice, gives an overview of Feasta’s ideas about economic growth, money systems, peak oil, and the need for a land value tax and for citizen carbon quotas.

by Richard Douthwaite and Emer Ó Siochrú

The full document is included below, or download a PDF version.…

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Submission re Draft Guidelines for Development Plans

Jul 09, 2006 Comments Off

This was submitted by Feasta to the Irish Department of the Environment in response to its recent consultation call with regard to Development Plans.

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The Ecology of Money

May 18, 2006 Comments Off

The Ecology of MoneyRead The Ecology of Money online

In The Ecology of Money, Richard Douthwaite argues that just as different insects and animals have different effects on human society and the natural world, money has different effects according to its origins and purposes. Was it created to make profits for a commercial bank, or issued by a government as a form of taxation? Or was it created by its users themselves purely to facilitate their trade? And was it made in the place where it is used, or did local people have to provide goods and services to outsiders to get enough of it to trade among themselves? The Briefing shows that it will be impossible to build a just and sustainable world, unless and until money creation is democratized. Richard says that it is potentially the most important thing he has written.

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Living in the Cracks

Apr 16, 2006 Comments Off
by Nadia Johanisova

Living in the CracksA Look at Rural Social Enterprises in Britain and the Czech Republic

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Living-and often thriving-in the cracks between the business world and the state system is an amazing variety of organisations which, according to some economists, theoretically shouldn't exist. That's because their goal is not to make profits but to meet social needs which both the market and government either can't meet nearly as well or have totally ignored.

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Submission to the UK All-Party Committee on Climate Change

Apr 10, 2006 Comments Off

“Is a cross-party consensus on climate change possible – or desirable?”

A cross-party consensus on climate change is possible provided the parties agree to work from the same point of departure. A consensus is also highly desirable because of the radical steps that will have to be taken to respond adequately to the seriousness of the problem.

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Why Nuclear Power Cannot Be A Major Energy Source

Apr 09, 2006 Comments Off

by David Fleming

Nuclear power promises much. It is based on a process which does not produce carbon dioxide. It is produced in a relatively small number of very large plants, so that it fits easily onto the national grid. And there is even the theoretical prospect of it being able to breed its own fuel. So, what’s the problem?…

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Submission to Sir Nicholas Stern: Eliminating the Need for Economic Growth

Dec 09, 2005 Comments Off

In October, the British Government announced that Sir Nicholas Stern, the head of its Economic Service, had also been appointed its Adviser on the economics of “climate change and development”. Sir Nicholas immediately asked for submissions on, amongst other things, “The implications for energy demand and emissions of the prospects for economic growth over the coming decades.” These submissions had to be in by December 9th. Feasta’s submission sets out many of Feasta’s ideas about why rich-country growth needs to be stopped and how this can be done.

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Radical overhaul of emissions allocation required

Nov 28, 2005 Comments Off

An opinion piece by Feasta’s Richard Douthwaite was recently published in the Irish Timeson November 28 2005. “As the Montreal conference on global warming opens, we cannot hope for progress on climate change unless the approach to negotiations is drastically revised.” …

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