Environmental Pillar representatives needed

Jul 27, 2009 Comments Off on Environmental Pillar representatives needed

The Strategic Policy Committees which are being set up by the Irish local authorities are currently looking for people to represent the Environmental Pillar of social partnership. If you are a Feasta member and are interested in participating, please contact Michael Ewing and let us know by August 31. See the Environmental Pillar website for details about the application. …

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Democracy for an Ecological Age

Jul 20, 2009 Comments Off on Democracy for an Ecological Age

by Mark Garavan

This paper adopts a solution-based approach to the challenge of imagining a new democratic model for Ireland. It proposes a form of governance based on existing institutional and legal possibilities.…

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New paper by David Wasdell

Jul 07, 2009 Comments Off on New paper by David Wasdell

David Wasdell, the systems dynamicist who spoke at two Feasta events last year, believes that natural systems are already contributing to climate change rather than damping it down. A paper on this which he prepared as a briefing for the World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment in Oxford this week can be found here. It argues that a runaway warming will develop unless urgent action is taken.…

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Upcoming Feasta conference

May 20, 2009 Comments Off on Upcoming Feasta conference

Confirmed speakers at the upcoming Feasta conference “The New Emergency: Managing Risk and Building Resilience in a Resource Constrained World” now include Alex Evans, Dmitry Orlov, Richard Douthwaite, Ludwig Schuster and Dan Sullivan. The conference presents a timely opportunity for leading thinkers and stakeholders to explore systems based solutions relating to diverse topics such as food and energy security, money and finance reform, carbon emissions, resource depletion and managing the use of the commons. Read more

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The Liquidity Network

Feb 02, 2009 Comments Off on The Liquidity Network

Feasta believes that a radical monetary reform is one of the keys to sustainability and a number of members are currently working to establish a debt-free exchange system which they plan to introduce to overcome the problems created by the failure of the present debt-based system. You can find details of the project here.…

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Comhar report on Cap and Share

Dec 07, 2008 Comments Off on Comhar report on Cap and Share


A Study in Personal Carbon Allocation: Cap and Share
7 December 2008 (PDF document, 1.3 MB)

This report was published by Comhar, the Irish Sustainable Development Council. It was launched by the Minister of the Environment, and contains two detailed studies about Cap and Share by AEA Energy & Environment and Cambridge Econometrics. …

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Potential Impacts of a Global Cap and Share Scheme on India

Nov 24, 2008 Comments Off on Potential Impacts of a Global Cap and Share Scheme on India

This Report on India was prepared by Anandi Sharan, and follows Jeremy Wakeford’s model on the effects on South Africa that Cap and Share might have if introduced as part of a global climate settlement. Conditions in India are unique, as indeed they are in every country. Some elements of the pilot study, especially the impact on trade, have been shortened, whilst the section on the impact on households is given more prominence. The introduction of Cap and Share would mean that Indian households received a direct payment for their share of each year’s global emission rights. Such payments …

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Feasta contributes to IIEA report

Nov 20, 2008 Comments Off on Feasta contributes to IIEA report

Three members of Feasta were involved in the preparation of the Irish Institute for European Affairs report The Climate Change Challenge: Strategic Issues, Options and Implications for Ireland published at the end of September. Our contribution on the economics of climate change which was written a year ago has been published by the IIEA as an Occasional Paper and can be accessed here.…

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Sustainability or Bust: How Ireland Might Avoid Bankruptcy with Energy Innovation

Nov 20, 2008 Comments Off on Sustainability or Bust: How Ireland Might Avoid Bankruptcy with Energy Innovation

In response to the financial crisis, an article written by Richard Douthwaite Sustainability or Bust: How Ireland Might Avoid Bankruptcy with Energy Innovation was recently published by Construct Ireland Magazine and details proposals that a number of Feasta members have been working on.

Two related papers After the Meltdown by David Korten, and From the ashes of the crash by NEF have also been uploaded to the
discussion boards.…

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Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes and Projects: Section 3 abstract

Oct 15, 2008 Comments Off on Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes and Projects: Section 3 abstract

Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes and Projects

Section 3: A sustainability assessment process for road-building and other development in Ireland

Abstract

In this section we propose a sustainability assessment process. To oversee the sustainability assessment process, we recommend the creation of a new office, housed in the EPA, called the Office of Sustainability Assessment. We wish to emphasise that we are not proposing a separate strand of assessment in addition to Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), but rather an overall structure within which they would be included. We believe our proposal would not require …

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Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes and Projects

Oct 15, 2008 Comments Off on Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes and Projects

Feasta recently completed a research project for the Irish Environmental Protection Agency to assess the adequacy of the Environmental Impact Statements prepared for major road projects in the past and to devise a better assessment system for future projects from a complete sustainability perspective.…

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Two new research projects for Feasta: Carbon Cycles and Sinks, and Smart Taxes

Oct 15, 2008 Comments Off on Two new research projects for Feasta: Carbon Cycles and Sinks, and Smart Taxes

Feasta has been awarded multi-annual funding from the Irish Department of the Environment for two policy research projects:

Carbon Cycles and Sinks – to develop policies which will enable the Irish land mass to become a carbon sink rather than a source of greenhouse emissions. This project will be led by Richard Douthwaite, and Corinna Byrne has been hired as project coordinator and lead researcher.

Smart Taxes – to research, design, develop and adapt fiscal and market-based mechanisms to increase environmental, social and economic sustainability in Ireland. This project will be led by Emer O’Siochru, and Ellie Cuffe has been …

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A Study of the Hydrological Sustainability of the Roads Programme in Ireland – Orla Sweeney, Paul Johnston

Oct 15, 2008 Comments Off on A Study of the Hydrological Sustainability of the Roads Programme in Ireland – Orla Sweeney, Paul Johnston

From the Sustainable Development Evaluation of Road Infrastructure Programmes and Projects

Summary

This work is a study of the Hydrological Sustainability of Road Development in Ireland and was undertaken in association with FEASTA (Foundation for Economic Sustainability), as part of a larger project on the overall sustainability of road development in this country.

The focus of this work is an analysis of the effectiveness of the environmental impact assessment process and its under-lying legislation in protecting the aquatic environment and its dependent ecosystems. In addition to this the overall requirements of the national road development programme in ensuring environmental sustainability, …

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