The NFLA All Ireland Sustainable Energy Forum warmly welcomes the announcement that the Moneypoint coal plant in County Clare will be transformed into a new green hub and floating wind farm. This is the sort of move towards a sustainable energy future that the island of Ireland desperately needs. It also comes at a time of exciting announcements on offshore wind and the publication of climate change bills at the Dail and the Stormont Assembly.
NFLA 14th April 2021 read more »
Ireland may be able to go “further, faster and bigger” in meeting and exceeding targets for emission reduction and renewable energy, the environment minister has said. Eamon Ryan said the emissions reduction trajectory represented a “huge challenge”. However, reductions in emissions in 2020 represented a “real achievement”, he said. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that emissions from Irish power generation and leading industrial companies fell by 6.4 per cent last year to their lowest level since the EU emissions trading system was introduced over 15 years ago. Ryan, who was speaking at the Wind Energy Ireland annual conference yesterday, welcomed the EPA recording of an 8.4 per cent drop in power generation emissions. He noted that Ireland had set a 40 per cent target for renewables last year, and had actually hit 43 per cent. Ryan said it may be possible to break through the 50 per cent reduction in emissions, and 70 per cent renewable energy targets by the end of the decade. “As we’ve just done on the 2020 targets, we may aim now to exceed that and go further, and go faster and go bigger, because this is going to be good for our country and our people,” he added.
Times 15th April 2021 read more »