Obituary: Will Howard (1951-2008)

May 01, 2008 Comments Off on Obituary: Will Howard (1951-2008)

Will Howard setting off on his cycle ride to Brussels in 2007 to promote Cap and Share.

Will was born in Cambridge on 14th December 1951. His father, Dr Harold Howard, was Deputy Director at the Plant Breeding Institute there, and bred potatoes to be resilient to various insects. The story goes that he was working on two varieties of potatoes and came home and asked his family for names.…

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Submission to the Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government on their guidelines for Carbon Cycles and Sinks

Apr 24, 2008 Comments Off on Submission to the Irish Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government on their guidelines for Carbon Cycles and Sinks

Feasta made this submission in collaboration with CELT (Centre for Environmental Living and Training). It explains the reasoning behind using carbon sinks as a way to mitigate climate change and suggests ways to incorporate the use of sinks into existing agricultural practice in Ireland.

The full submission can be downloaded as a PDF Version

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EENGO submission to the Irish National Sustainable Development Strategy

Feb 06, 2008 Comments Off on EENGO submission to the Irish National Sustainable Development Strategy

The Environmental (Ecological) NGO is an umbrella group of Irish NGOs which includes Feasta, and this submission to the Irish National Sustainable Development Strategy discusses the urgent need for a change in Irish governmental policy on the environment. It emphasises the need for effective risk management, a focus on wellbeing rather than GDP as a goal, recognition of commons rights in addition to information, communication and participation rights, and decentralised and democratised energy and carbon capture.…

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Cap and Share Overview in Russian

Jan 03, 2008 Comments Off on Cap and Share Overview in Russian

Russian speakers can now find an overview of Cap and Share here. …

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Cap and Share to be analysed for Comhar

Dec 07, 2007 Comments Off on Cap and Share to be analysed for Comhar

Comhar, the Irish National Sustainability Council, has contracted AEA Energy and Environment, a major British consultancy, to analyse Feasta’s Cap and Share concept as a tool to control Ireland’s road transport emissions. The policy analysis part of the report should be completed by the end of February and, if the verdict is favourable, another consultancy, Cambridge Econometrics, will be given a contract to use its E3ME model to explore the effects that this use of C&S would have on the Irish economy in comparison with using a carbon tax or fuel excise duty to achieve the same result. Both studies …

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A comparison of TEQs and C&S

Jul 16, 2007 Comments Off on A comparison of TEQs and C&S

This table compares two fossil fuel control mechanisms, the downstream Tradable Energy Quotas developed by David Fleming and the upstream Cap and Share developed by Feasta. The table can also be downloaded here.…

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Memorandum to the Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into Personal Carbon Allowances

Jul 16, 2007 Comments Off on Memorandum to the Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into Personal Carbon Allowances

The Environmental Audit Commission of the United Kingdom Parliament is investigating the feasibility of introducing Personal Carbon Allowances to control greenhouse gas emissions. Feasta member Laurence Matthews was invited by the EAC to supply information about Cap and Share, and the text of the submission can be downloaded here.…

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Using Cap and Share to control Irish road transport emissions

Jun 22, 2007 Comments Off on Using Cap and Share to control Irish road transport emissions

This short paper suggests that Ireland should reduce its road transport emissions using Cap and Share, as a more focussed alternative to a carbon tax. The advantages of using this approach are included below or you can download the entire paper.…

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Using Cap and Share to control emissions from the EU transport sector

Jun 22, 2007 Comments Off on Using Cap and Share to control emissions from the EU transport sector

The Feasta climate group has participated in the current review of the workings of the EU’s emissions trading system by proposing that all Europe’s transport emissions should be capped and tradable permits for the tonnage of carbon dioxide involved distributed each year to every adult EU resident. The Executive Summary is included below, or download the full document.…

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Envisioning a Sustainable Ireland from an Energy Availability Perspective

Jun 21, 2007 Comments Off on Envisioning a Sustainable Ireland from an Energy Availability Perspective

The team working on the Envisioning Ireland’s Energy Futures project for the Irish Environmental Protection Agency has submitted this report. Feasta will hold a one-day seminar to discuss its conclusions when the EPA publishes it in the Autumn. The strongest conclusion is the need to move to a low-carbon economy as rapidly as possible, even if this slows down economic growth. The report also anticipates the development of rural biorefineries and the re-location to the countryside of energy-intensive manufacturing so as to be close to renewable energy sources.

A detailed overview of this paper is included below, or you can …

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Morag Friel appointed as Feasta Members’ Agent

Jun 13, 2007 Comments Off on Morag Friel appointed as Feasta Members’ Agent

June 13 2007

Feasta is delighted to announce the appointment of Morag Friel to the new position of Members’ Agent for the organisation. This position, based in Feasta’s Dublin office, was created to reflect a renewed emphasis on encouraging and supporting our members to realise their projects, and to help establish and enrich connections between those seeking either to work together or just to get to know one another. Morag has 13 years’ experience working with various ecologically and socially minded organisations, including Dublin Cohousing, the Dublin Food Co-op and The Village Project.…

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Towards a sustainable transport system

Apr 11, 2007 Comments Off on Towards a sustainable transport system

This briefing paper was prepared by Richard Douthwaite, David Healy and Kevin Leyden to inform the proceedings of the Comhar Conference “Towards Sustainability in the National Development Plan 2007-2013″ – 4th to 6th October 2006. …

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The Great Emissions Rights Give-Away

Mar 11, 2007 Comments Off on The Great Emissions Rights Give-Away

The EU’s emissions trading system should be scrapped in its present form and replaced with a much fairer, less distorting system, according to this briefing paper from Feasta’s Climate and Energy working group. The paper lists twelve reasons why the scheme is misconceived and proposes that, instead of emissions permits for 45% of the EU’s greenhouse emissions, currently worth €170 billion a year, being given free to 11,500 giant companies, permits for 100% of the emissions should give given on an equal per capita basis to every EU resident.…

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