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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Emissions Rationing and the Oil Price Crisis

Mar 10, 2007 Comments Off on Emissions Rationing and the Oil Price Crisis

This briefing paper examines a way in which the poor in many countries could be protected if, as oil and gas get scarcer, their cost goes higher and higher over the years ahead.

The content of this briefing paper is included below, or download the original document.
This document is an updated version of a November 2005 document.

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New Member websites page

Jan 25, 2007 Comments Off on New Member websites page

We have added a Member Websites page to this site, which provides links to the websites of full members of Feasta. If you are a full member and would like to add in a link to your website, please …

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Why confusion exists over when the oil peak will occur

Jan 12, 2007 Comments Off on Why confusion exists over when the oil peak will occur

This paper argues that the main reason why there is such a wide range of estimates about when oil peak will happen is one of definition: experts differ as to which type of oil we should be most concerned about. …

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Feasta, and others, comment on the Irish Government’s Energy Green Paper

Jan 05, 2007 Comments Off on Feasta, and others, comment on the Irish Government’s Energy Green Paper

The Irish Government’s Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources published its Energy Green Paper, a discussion document on the country’s future energy supplies, on October 1st, and invited anyone interested to comment by December 1st. The Green Paper can be downloaded here in pdf format. The 98 comments the Department received have been posted on its website, here. Amazingly, the Green Paper ignored the near-certainty that global oil production will peak within the next 25 years. The only submissions which criticised the Department for this came from Feasta and from people associated with it or influenced by it. …

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Submission of Evidence to the ERFA Committee’s examination of international climate policy post-2012

Jan 05, 2007 Comments Off on Submission of Evidence to the ERFA Committee’s examination of international climate policy post-2012

PDF version of this submission

Executive Summary

  • There is an urgent need for climate action but the UNFCCC process is moving at a snail’s pace. It has become a Gordian Knot of complexity. A simpler process could cut through the knot and lead to a climate treaty being achieved in a relatively short period.
  • The overall goals of the process need to be established. If these can be kept simple, it is much easier for competing schemes to be compared and for existing schemes such as the EU ETS to be used to achieve them.
  • Simple schemes are also the
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Response to the Green Paper: Towards a Sustainable Energy Future for Ireland

Jan 03, 2007 Comments Off on Response to the Green Paper: Towards a Sustainable Energy Future for Ireland

The Irish Government’s Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources published its Energy Green Paper, a discussion document on the country’s future energy supplies, on October 1st, and invited anyone interested to comment by December 1st. The Green Paper can be downloaded here in pdf format. The 98 comments the Department received have been posted on its website, here. Amazingly, the Green Paper ignored the near-certainty that global oil production will peak within the next 25 years. The only submissions which criticised the Department for this came from Feasta and from people associated with it or influenced by it. …

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

Dec 20, 2006 Comments Off on Feasta’s response to the European Commission’s proposal concerning emissions of greenhouse gases from aircraft

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 on Controlling the environmental impact of the transport sector

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 on Press Release: Feasta’s response to EU aviation proposals

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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