Policy & Regulation

Ireland makes anti-fossil fuel moves but gas still in play

Ireland’s plans to turn away from fossil fuels have left hope for gas, highlighting the power of effective advocacy Ireland’s plans to turn away from fossil fuels have left hope for gas, highlighting the power of effective advocacy.
By The Wildcat 13 July 2018 0 31740
The Poolbeg gas-fired power plant in Dublin. (ESB)

The Republic of Ireland has never been top of the list when marking out countries that oppose fossil fuels. It has the third-highest carbon dioxide emissions per capita in Europe: a recent report found that the CO2 emissions intensity of Ireland’s energy supply was 32% higher than the OECD European average in 2016. But times are slowly changing. A host of green policy measures triggered a decline in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2017, and that has been followed by Ireland’s most ambitious...