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No New Gas

We are working to ensure that:

  • No import terminals for liquefied natural gas are built on the island of Ireland
  • No new licenses for offshore gas drilling are granted

Here's how we plan to achieve this. We are going to campaign for the Government to:

  • Withdraw the Shannon LNG terminal from the EU PCI list in 2021
  • To commit to  and support the tightening of the sustainability assessment rules prior to the approval of any projects on the EU PCI list.
  • Introduce a bill to amend the Planning and Development Act 2000 to prohibit the construction of fossil fuel infrastructure whose purpose is to facilitate imports, storage, or distribution of fracked gas.
  • Commit to a fully transparent energy security review which focuses on decarbonisation and Ireland’s legal obligations under international and EU climate law.
  • Commits to issue guidance to all relevant regulatory bodies and commercial semi-state companies to take all reasonable steps to ensure that Ireland is not dependent on imports of gas and that the energy intensity of power generation declines in line with Ireland’s legal obligations under the Paris Agreement

Catch up on No New Gas - October 2020

Issued in the blog on October 19, 2020 at 11:22:00.

Briefing Note July, 2020 Policy Statement on Fracked Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

We have 10 years to radically transform our energy system. Cutting our ties with fossil fuels to lower emissions and enable cleaner energy solutions is vital.

Through our work on the No New Gas campaign we have been busy doing extensive research and issuing submissions to European consultations to keep the pressure on decision makers to end fossil fuel dependency.

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Rebutting ESB and GNI responses to our report on “The Role of Public Bodies in Driving Ireland’s Decarbonisation”

Issued in news on September 10, 2020 at 13:31:00.

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The responses of the ESB and GNI, as per an Irish Times article “ESB rejects report findings on fossil fuel ‘lock-in’ and defends record” skirt the central point of the report published by Friends of the Earth. If their policies and strategies are indeed in line with international and national commitments on climate action, it follows that they should have no objection to an amendment of their mandates to align with those commitments.

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Report: The Role of Public Bodies in Driving Ireland’s Decarbonisation

Issued in the blog on September 07, 2020 at 20:26:00.

The Role of Public Bodies in Driving Ireland's Decarbonisation - Final

Report: The Role of Public Bodies in Driving Ireland’s Decarbonisation

​​Without urgent Government intervention, the ESB, Gas Networks Ireland and their regulator could lock Ireland into fossil fuel use for decades.

 

 

 

Friends of the Earth Ireland via its involvement in the Citizens for Financial Justice European project commissioned an independent researcher to examine the role of public bodies in driving Ireland’s decarbonisation - focusing on the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) and the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU). 

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Government must act to stop public bodies undermining Irish and international climate targets

Issued in news on September 07, 2020 at 12:30:00.

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For Immediate Release

07 September 2020:12.30pm

The ESB, Gas Networks Ireland and their regulator could lock Ireland into fossil fuel use for decades.

Research published today [1] has found that the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) and the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) are undermining Irish and international climate targets. The ESB, GNI and CRU all address decarbonisation in their strategies or mission statements in the form of “low-carbon” commitments. However this new research demonstrates that their respective statutory authorisations (i.e. mandates) do not specify compliance with national and international climate law, are not fully aligned with Paris Agreement obligations and do not properly address principles of climate justice or sustainable development.

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Fracked LNG a key litmus test of Government promises on climate action

Issued in news on July 29, 2020 at 15:51:00.

Policy Statement LNG Fracked Gas_Briefing Note July

Friends of the Earth

For Immediate Release

29 July 2020

Campaigners call on Government to follow through on commitments made in Programme for Government

The threat of LNG terminals loom large

Fracking campaigners have called on the Government to follow through on their commitments in the Programme for Government to prevent the development of new fracked gas import terminals in Ireland. The controversial Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminals are planned for the Shannon Estuary and the Port of Cork, and if constructed would import fracked gas from the United States into Ireland.

The Programme for Government states,

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European support and funding for fossil gas must end

Issued in news on July 17, 2020 at 09:53:00.

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Friends of the Earth
For Immediate Release
17 July 2020

Friends of the Earth joins over 30 civil society organisations to demand a change to current EU regulation on priority EU energy infrastructure.

Support and funding for fossil gas infrastructure must end.

Friends of the Earth is calling on the European Union to stop funding infrastructure that could lock Member States, including Ireland, into using climate-wrecking fossil gas for decades. Friends of the Earth is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos coalition of over 30 civil society organisations [1], which has submitted to a public consultation on the future of Europe’s energy system [2].

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Catching up on Gas Campaign

Issued in the blog on June 17, 2020 at 23:03:00.

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To bridge the gap between gas and plastic, Meaghan, who is our Head of Mobilisation, joined the panel for our Sick of Plastic webinar and spoke of the connection between the global glut of plastics on the market and the fossil fuel companies.

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Have your say on the future of fossil gas in Europe!

Issued in the blog on June 10, 2020 at 15:04:00.

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Join this zoom call with Friends of the Earth, Not Here Not Anywhere, Food and Water Action Europe and the Gastivists Collective on June 18th to learn how to have your say on energy policy in Europe.

Register here at this link!

On the call, you will be:

  • Brought up to speed on the TEN-E (Trans-European Networks-Energy) Regulation
  • Learn how this impacts the notorious PCI Process which facilitated Shannon LNG
  • Receive submission guidelines from some of those working on resisting fossil gas across Europe

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'Hulk' praises political leadership against fracked gas, LNG

Issued in news on May 27, 2020 at 12:45:00.

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'Hulk' praises Irish Government Negotiators for wisdom and foresight on fracked gas infrastructure

Mark Ruffalo appearance on Irish TV grateful for Irish solidarity

Actor Mark Ruffalo appeared on the Virgin Media Tonight Show last night and praised Irish politicians for their support resisting liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure in Ireland, following a statement from Fíanna Fáil and Fine Gael that it does not make sense to build new large scale fossil fuel infrastructure, such as liquefied natural gas terminals. [1]

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Webinar May 14: What the frack has gas got to do with plastic!?

Issued in the blog on May 08, 2020 at 18:52:00.

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What has that plastic bottle polluting your local river got to do with gas?!

Well, a lot as it turns out.

Natural gas is primarily composed of methane, a greenhouse gas which, when released, has over 100 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Gas is used as an energy source the world over.

What is less well known is that gas is also used as a material to make plastics. Ethane is a hydrocarbon also present in gas and a primary raw material for petrochemical (or plastics) manufacturing. Global fossil fuel extraction companies are heavily involved in the production of plastics. They use the ethane accessed via fracking to produce plastics that exist for hundreds of years in the environment.

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