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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2007 Feasta Annual Lecture: Who Owns The Sky? – Peter Barnes

Nov 01, 2007 Comments Off on 2007 Feasta Annual Lecture: Who Owns The Sky? – Peter Barnes

The 2007 speaker was successful US social entrepreneur and author Peter Barnes. Peter's work explores how a "cap and rebate" system is our best bet for an ethical and economic framework to stabilise the climate. His previous career has ranged from setting up one of the first solar energy companies in California to pioneering the use of charity credit cards and ethical phone services at www.workingassets.com.

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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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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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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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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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Slideshow on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme from the UNSCD meeting

May 12, 2006 Comments Off on Slideshow on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme from the UNSCD meeting

by Nicola Creighton

This year was a ‘review year’ at the 14th session of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development in New York, but there was nonetheless an unstated core topic, both at the official and the side events: energy, with a recurrent focus on energy access for developing countries. FEASTA’s focus at CSD was on gaining support for a substantial review of the EU’s deeply flawed Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS).…

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Submission to the UK All-Party Committee on Climate Change

Apr 10, 2006 Comments Off on Submission to the UK All-Party Committee on Climate Change

“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.

The text of this submission is included below, or download a PDF Version.…

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

Dec 09, 2005 Comments Off on Submission to Sir Nicholas Stern: Eliminating the Need for Economic Growth

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.

The full text of the submission is included below, or download a …

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Radical overhaul of emissions allocation required

Nov 28, 2005 Comments Off on Radical overhaul of emissions allocation required

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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