Citizens’ Assembly to kick off ground-breaking examination of Ireland’s response to climate change

On September 30th, the Citizens’ Assembly will begin a ground-breaking process in democratic decision-making on climate change. The Assembly will discuss the topic ‘how the State can make Ireland a leader in tackling climate change’. It will hear presentations from international experts and, after a second weekend of debate on November 5th, will vote on recommendations to […]

Forestry And Climate Change: Large Potential And Low Cost

The Irish Forestry and Forest Products Association (IFFPA), the Ibec group that represents the sector, have responded to today’s publication of the National Climate Mitigation Plan, outlining the significant contribution the sector can make towards delivering an environmentally sustainable economy.  Mark McAuley, Director of IFFPA, said, “Forestry has been clearly identified as one of the […]

Irish business committed to Paris Agreement on climate change

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, has today reaffirmed its support for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change following the decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw the country from the historic accord. Commenting on the decision, Ibec Senior Energy and Environment Executive, Conor Minogue stated: “The 2015 Paris Agreement is a truly […]

Rally to denounce Trump “playing Russian roulette with climate change”

The Stop Climate Chaos coalition has called a protest rally outside the US Embassy in Dublin for Friday lunchtime to protest at President Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change. The coalition of aid agencies, environmental organizations, student and faith groups, denounced President Trump’s decision, describing it […]

Free Midlands Bootcamp To Help Businesses Become Sustainable

Sustainable Nation Ireland, the national body helping Irish business become more sustainable, is hosting 2°Camp Midlands-based businesses are invited to register and take part for free on Thursday, April 13 at the Enterprise Ireland Midlands Office in Athlone. Well-known author and Entrepeneur Ron Immink will guide businesses through the ins and outs of sustainability Topics include resource […]

Mitigation Plan Reinforces Governments Weak Position On Climate Action

The Government today finally published its draft National Mitigation Plan – Ireland’s first plan in ten years on how it intends to reduce the harmful emissions that contribute to climate change.  A requirement under Ireland’s Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act (2015), the Plan must establish how Ireland will reduce emissions from the buildings, […]

IIEA/RDS Report Confirms Irish Agriculture And Forestry Policy Needs To Be Climate Smart

Stop Climate Chaos has said that a new report on ‘climate smart agriculture’, published on Thursday by the IIEA and RDS, makes it clear that agriculture and livestock agriculture are major drivers of ‘dangerous’ climate change and that Irish exports do not contribute to solving global food insecurity. Spokesperson for the Stop Climate Chaos coalition, […]

IFA Concerned About Falling Afforestation Figures Given Their Importance In Climate Change Strategy

IFA Farm Forestry Chairman, Michael Fleming has voiced concern about the falling afforestation figures, following the publication of latest Forest Service report that shows area established down 30% on this time last year. He said this is worrying given the importance of forests and afforestation in our national climate change strategy.   “The Forestry Programme […]

MEP Appointed To Climate Change Committee

IFA President Eddie Downey has welcomed the appointment of Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly to the role of Chairman of the European Parliament’s negotiating committee for the International Climate Change Agreement.   Eddie Downey said he looked forward to working with Sean Kelly to achieve an outcome to the international climate talks in Paris later […]

Climate Change Plan Must Safeguard Ireland’s Sustainable Agriculture Sector – IFA

IFA Climate Change Spokesman Jer Bergin has called for full recognition to be given to Ireland’s unique emission efficient food production system in any national Climate Change plan which may emerge from the current consultation with stakeholders. Speaking after a meeting with the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) Jer Bergin said, “The agri-food sector […]