Academic review contests claim that gas is essential to Ireland’s energy security

The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition has published research which finds the best way to ensure Ireland’s energy security would be to cut back strongly on energy consumption, rapidly develop indigenous renewables and make use of electrofuels-based with energy storage technology. This would allow Ireland phase out all fossil fuels, including fossil gas, in line with our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. The study, whose lead author Barry McMullin is a Feasta member, contradicts a report from the Irish Academy of Engineering in July which claimed that fossil gas is essential to Ireland’s energy security. This new research comes on the closing day of a government consultation for what Minister Bruton describes as a new “all of Government plan” to tackle climate change which will “require a revolution in how we live”.

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