Boyle Energy Seminar

Our Boyle Energy Seminar took place Monday 17th June at the Boyle Community College. After conducting energy surveys in April and May for the households of Boyle, we finally presented the results of the amount of energy, money and CO2 emissions that the town accounts for. The numbers were shocking, as it was estimated that Boyle spends 4.1 million for heating, transport and electricity and emits 11,100 tonnes CO2 per year.

In order to create a more sustainable energy use model for Boyle, a Community Transition Roadmap was composed, simulating action throughout four improvement areas: Knowledge, House, Transport and Community. Different grants and opportunities were presented, related to insulation, electric vehicles, renewable power production, deep retrofitting and much more.

Members of GEAI, IT Sligo and Clár I.C.H. gave interesting presentations and the evening finished with interactive workshops.

We visited the CAT!

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In the middle of May we came back from a wonderful trip to Wales and England – “we” standing for Del, Siri, Jules, Sasha and Sarah. Sarah had just finished her volunteering year with us and is back home now.

So, besides some lovely towns and the beauty of the fresh green countryside, the important destination for us was the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales.

We began the visit by a water-balanced funicular railway lift. Its particularity? It exploits the river current to store water in the top-cabin reservoir. The tank on the lower cabin is empty. It allows to move both cabins thanks to gravity.

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Our visit allowed us to discover a lot of technical innovations in the energy sector (heat pump, solar panels, wind turbine, biomass), the green buildings, gardens, and biodiversity.

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We finished with a very nice meal at the vegetarian café! This visit was very inspiring and gave us hope for a future of clean energy.

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PBP Bill calls for stop to oil and gas projects

Adoption of the fossil fuels Divestment Bill

Adoption of the fossil fuels Divestment Bill – October 2018

 

Tuesday 21 May 2019, People Before Profit party has proposed a bill to remove liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other fossil fuel projects from access to fast-track planning approval.

“If we are serious about the climate emergency that was declared, it is simply unacceptable that fossil fuel companies seeking to profit from the destruction of the environment could develop infrastructure to lock us into further dependency on fossil fuels,” Mr Boyd Barrett said. 

Good Energies Alliance Ireland supports this initiative. Our “fossil fuel dependence” has to be solved by innovative and breaking solutions. We consider that it is now necessary to direct funding (public and private) towards renewable projects and low carbon economy.

 

 

 

Great news! Dáil declares climate emergency

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An astonishing and positive step to fight climate change

GEAI is delighted to share the news that on Thursday, May 9th 2019, the Dáil voted to declare climate and biodiversity emergencyWith almost unanimous cross-party agreement, they also agreed to “accept and endorse” the blueprint for action developed by the cross-party Committee on Climate Action.  

“This is a remarkable development by our Government,” said Aedín McLoughlin, GEAI.  “Ireland is only the second country to declare such an emergency and already, across the world, we are being congratulated on this achievement.  Among the first to congratulate Ireland was famous climate activist Greta Thunberg who also pointed out that Climate Emergency means leaving fossil fuels in the ground! Good Energies Alliance is delighted with this declaration and hopes that future actions by this Government reflect the seriousness of the situation and the necessity by Ireland to show leadership.”

Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, supports what is happening in Ireland:

Green Party candidate delighted

“With the major Government parties, the Green Party is fully behind the recommendations of the Oireachtas Committee,” said Leslie O’Hora, director of GEAI.  “These include a target for Ireland to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, the potential for communities and individuals to sell solar and other renewable energies, reform of the CAP to provide more support for diversification of small farms, a new forestry plan and a huge programme of retrofitting public buildings.  Without doubt, the time for action is now!”

The only reservation on support for the blueprint for Climate Action was from Sinn Féin, who refused to support changes in our carbon taxes regulations.

Let us hope that this declaration is not just another example of empty words by our government, but will result in true leadership by Ireland in the battle against climate change!

Mountallen Biodiversity Farm Tour

Good Energies Alliance Ireland is organising the Mountallen Farm Tour, as part of the Biodiversity Week 2019. Local Biodiversity Champion, Tommy Earley, will give a unique tour of his organic farm, which has many interesting habitats including raised bog, woodland, acidic grassland and rare flora and fauna; moths, butterflies and dragonflies to name a few. Tommy will showcase his work on farmland nature conservation.

Book your free tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/walk-on-mountallen-biodiversity-farm-tickets-61026678438

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