Project-Related Documents

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 …

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.

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

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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

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. …

Press Release: Feasta’s response to EU aviation proposals

Wednesday, 20th December 2006
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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…