Upcoming Events

National | Environment

no events match your query!

New Events

National

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Catholic Church: Dark influence still active

offsite link Tom Parlon launches new career in comedy Anthony

offsite link Presumption of innocence does not universally apply in Ireland Anthony

offsite link The poor standard of Irish political journalism Anthony

offsite link RTE bias: A failure of objective journalism Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Inside the Yellow Vests: What the Western media will not report (Part 3) Thu Jul 18, 2019 03:21 | The Saker
by Ollie Richardson for The Saker Blog As we come closer to August, when most of France (and Europe) is in holiday mode, I think that it is an apt

offsite link Western intellectuals freak over ?Frankenstein? China Thu Jul 18, 2019 01:53 | amarynth
by Pepe Escobar : Posted with permission Western economists and intellectuals obsessed with demonization of China are never shy of shortcuts glaringly exposing their ignorance. The latest outburst posits that

offsite link IMF who? Lagarde shows ECB is the top dollar job in QE age Thu Jul 18, 2019 01:34 | The Saker
by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker blog (cross-posted with PressTV by permission) (Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009.

offsite link Georgian Rugby Players Kicked Out For Their Russophobic Gestures Wed Jul 17, 2019 23:46 | Scott
by Ruslan Ostashko Translated and captioned by Leo. Into an exile from the Moscow club “Glory” turned for two Georgian rugby players a demonstration of “support for the people of

offsite link Waiting For New Idlib Offensive Wed Jul 17, 2019 20:03 | Scott
 Syrian War Report ? July 13-17, 2019: Waiting For New Idlib Offensive The situation in northwestern Hama and along the entire contact line around the Idlib de-escalation zone has remained

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
A Blog About Human Rights

offsite link China?s LGBT Community Mon Apr 15, 2019 19:19 | Human Rights

offsite link Declaration of Human Rights at Sea Mon Apr 08, 2019 07:31 | Human Rights

offsite link NZ Watchdog On Limits Of Free Speech Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:44 | Human Rights

offsite link US Abortion Restrictions Violating The Human Rights Of Women Thu Mar 14, 2019 15:33 | Human Rights

offsite link Human Rights Watch Urges the Human Rights Council to Renew and Strengthen Mandate of UN Commission Tue Mar 12, 2019 21:51 | Human Rights

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Signs of Hope ? A continuing series 12:44 Thu Jul 18, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Differences of opinion 10:36 Thu Jul 18, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Campaigning moment? 09:40 Thu Jul 18, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link FAI idea what?s going on? 08:39 Thu Jul 18, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link State aid and nationalisation in the EU 11:34 Wed Jul 17, 2019 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

Ireland’s ‘False Climate Solution’ Faces European Court Of Justice

category national | environment | press release author Monday March 04, 2019 21:52author by foie - Friends of the Irish Environment Report this post to the editors

Press Release - Friends of the Irish Environment -4th Mar 2019

FOREST BIOMASS CHALLENGE TO CO-FIRED PEAT PLANTS

The inclusion of forest biomass as a renewable fuel fatally undermines the goals of the new European Renewable Energy Directive [RED II], according to Plaintiffs from six different countries in an action filed today in the European General Court in Luxembourg. Each has suffered, in diverse and particular ways, from the consequences of the Directive’s biomass energy policy.

Tony Lowes of Ireland’s environmental NGO Friends of the Irish Environment [FIE] is one of the Plaintiffs in the legal challenge, citing the co-firing with biomass of Ireland’s peat powered electric plants.

The lawsuit seeks to remove forest biomass from the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive recently approved by the European Union. The Directive raises the overall EU target for Renewable Energy Sources (RES) consumption by 2030 from 20% to 32%.

However, the Plaintiffs contend that RED II ‘ignores the science on forest bioenergy and promotes false climate solutions’. According to Dr. Mary S. Booth, director of the USA Partnership for Policy Integrity and lead science advisor on the case, ‘Burning wood for energy emit more CO2 per unit of energy generated than coal but RED II counts these emissions as zero. RED II also fails to properly account for the lifecycle carbon emissions from harvesting, producing, transporting, and burning woody biomass fuels, including the loss of carbon sequestration potential after the vast increase in industrial logging destroys the very forest systems that have until now absorbed carbon from the atmosphere.’

‘Ireland’s cofiring of peat powered plants with biomass is an example of a “false climate solution,’” said Ireland’s Mr. Lowes. He cites the Irish Climate Change Advisory Council’s 2018 Report’s conclusion that ‘The bio-mass subsidy for peat power plants is an environmentally harmful subsidy resulting in substantially higher emissions of greenhouse gases at significant direct cost to the nation.

‘According to the EPA ‘Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections 2017-2035’, this demand is increasing the price of biomass, resulting in “energy demand in heating being met by more fossil fuels because of the biomass subsidy of peat powered plants”.’

Mr. Lowes’ points out that ‘the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s forecast that the annual supply gap in wood production for biomass could be up to 1.88 million cubic metres by 2020 and more than twice that by 2025 – all of which must be sourced outside Ireland.

The case is coordinated by the US-based Partnership for Policy Integrity and testimonials from experts and organisations include Program Director Adam Colette of the Dogwood Alliance.

The Dogwood Alliance was one of more than 30 conservation and environmental justice organizations in the Southern United States who wrote in August 2018 to the Irish government, the Electricity Supply Board [ESB] and Bord na Móna pointing out that the wood pellets the company plans to import come from their region, the North Atlantic Coastal Plain. They say their coastal hardwood forests are at the heart of the world’s 36th biodiversity hotspot and are being felled with no legal obligation to replant. ‘The forests in the region need to, instead, be left standing to protect communities, fight climate change, and provide habitat for plants and animals’, the groups argue.

Wood pellets from forests and pine plantations in the Southern US are the most likely biomass source for any industrial scale co-firing and future power station conversions in Ireland, according to Bord na Mona’s 2016 Annual Report.

Aside from a US landowner impacted by clearcutting of the once biologically-rich bottomland hardwood forests in North Caroline, plaintiffs come from Estonia, the world’s third-largest wood pellet producer; Romania, especially in the Carpathian Mountains where logging is felling some of the last remaining primeval forests; Slovakia – where logging is taking place in protected national parks, reserves, and even a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and a resident whose health is being harmed by emissions from cofiring a coal plant with biomass in Gardonne, France.

If the Court agrees to hear the case, it would be the first time that an NGO will have been granted standing before the court to challenge an EU law or regulation. Thus the case in itself is precedent-setting. The case will be posted online as soon as it is filed.

CASE WEBSITE www.eubiomasscase.org
Telebriefing March 4 11am Irish Time: http://www.pfpi.net/media-briefings-for-eu-biomass-case

CONTACTS
FERN www.fern.org
Partnership for Policy Integrity www.pfpi.net
EU Contact: MARK OLDEN. MARK@FERN.ORG +44 797 388 4718
Ireland: Tony Lowes 353 (0)27 74771 / 353 (0)87 2176316
Daithí Ó hÉalaithe (Irish language) +353 (0)87 6178852

Copyright © 2019 Friends of the Irish Environment, All rights reserved.
Press Release

Our mailing address is:
Friends of the Irish Environment
Kilcatherine
Eyeries, Cork P75 CX53
Ireland

Related Link: https://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org/press-releases/17628-ireland-s-false-climate-solution-faces-european-court-of-justice
© 2001-2019 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy