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Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton asked to ensure that Ireland does not purchase credits from Estonia

category national | environment | press release author Friday July 05, 2019 17:41author by foie - Friends of the Irish Environment

Press Release - Friends of the Irish Environment 5th July 2019

Concerns that Ireland could meet its renewable energy targets by propping up Estonia’s oil shale industry with biomass co-firing

Friends of the Irish Environment have urged Minister for Climate Action Richard Bruton to ensure that Ireland does not purchase credits from Estonian co-firing of wood in oil shale power stations in order to meet our renewable energy target. [1]

Environmental campaigners in Estonia are deeply concerned that Irish government could end up purchasing Renewable Energy Credits from future co-firing of wood in the country’s three oil-shale fired power stations, which are responsible for 90% of Estonia’s CO2 emissions and make it the EU’s top greenhouse gas emitter per capita after Luxembourg.

Doing so would throw a lifeline to the polluting oil shale industry which is struggling to survive in the face of rising CO2 prices. It would prevent Estonia from having to transition to a cleaner, low-carbon energy system.[2] It would also speed up the destruction of Estonia’s forests which are being logged much muster than they can regrow. [3]

According to an Open Letter signed by Estonian Fund for Nature and Forest Aid Estonia:
“If other EU member states were to purchase renewable energy credits from cofired biomass from Estonian oil shale plants, they would evade investing in truly renewable, low-carbon energy and instead help subsidise both forest destruction and one of the most polluting fossil fuel industries in Europe.” [4]

Tony Lowes of Friends of the Irish Environment states: “For Ireland to meets its renewable energy targets in a way that props up one of the dirtiest fossil fuel industries in the world and accelerates the destruction of European forests should be unthinkable. The Government must take urgent steps to prevent such a scenario from happening.”

Friends of the Irish Environment points out that, even if Ireland did decide to purchase Renewable Energy Credits from Estonia, it could insist on an exclusion clause to prevent them from coming from co-firing of wood with oil shale, something agreed between Luxembourg and Estonia.
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Contacts:
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Friends of the Irish Environment: Tony Lowes 353 (0)27 74771 / 353 (0)87 2176316
Daithí Ó hÉalaithe (Irish language) +353 (0)87 6178852

Letter to Minister
https://www.friendsoftheirishenvironment.org/images/Climate/Bruton_Estonia_statistical_transfers_407.pdf.

REFERENCES
[1] Ireland will be required to make up its shortfall in 2020 renewable energy targets through the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits, known as statistical transfer auctions. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland in November 2017 projected that we will achieve between 12.7% and 13.9% of our 16% renewable energy target by 2020. The shortfall will be purchased at statistical transfer auctions overseen by the European Commission.
[2] Estonia has exceeded its renewable energy target, largely through biomass burning for heat, despite the fact that more than 80% of its own electricity is generated from oil shale burning. The sale of Renewable Energy credits from co-firing with oil shale would reduce the amount of carbon tax paid or the oil shale plants as well as directly subsidising the state-owned energy company that operates those power stations.
[3] The Nature Conservation Commission of the Estonian Academy of Sciences has warned: “Today's forest management as a whole is unsustainable in its present trend, does not guarantee biodiversity conservation, takes little account of ecosystem services and therefore needs to change.” The Estonian Environmental Agency has estimated that the sustainable limit for logging would be 8.5 million m3 a year (https://www.envir.ee/sites/default/files/loppraport_2050.pdf) – a figure criticised as too high by independent experts. In 2018, the logging volume was a record 12.5 million m3 (https://www.err.ee/933157/mullu-raiuti-eestis-rekordiliselt-metsa).
[4] http://eestimetsaabiks.emaliikumine.ee/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Estonia-cofiring-Open-Letter.pdf

See also:
Union of Concerned Scientists: https://www.ucsusa.org/clean-vehicles/clean-fuels/what-is-oil-shale.
http://eestimetsaabiks.emaliikumine.ee/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Estonia-cofiring-Open-Letter.pdf
Oil shale mining in Estonia: https://earthjustice.org/cases/2016/oil-shale-plan-threatens-massive-climate-pollution.

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author by Mary Kellypublication date Tue Jul 16, 2019 08:46author address author phone

Polly Higgin's quest to establish an international crime of ecocide.

Extinction Rebellion activists are blocking traffic in the Strand/ entrance to the the Royal Courts of Justice with a massive boat parked outside called the Polly Higgins in memory of the Scottish barrister who died this year. Her pioneering work lives on!
https://www.metro.news/extinction-rebellion-return-to-occupy-five-uk-cities-in-summer-uprising/1638379/

Related Link: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/25/polly-higgins-obituary
author by sunburnpublication date Fri Jul 19, 2019 16:42author address author phone

Anthropogenic climate change is a con job.
The climate is changing but it is not humans causing the majority of it.
It's a cynical cashing in on ignorance and a political power grab.

of the 0.04% of the atmosphere that is carbon dioxide
only 3.4% or so of that is due to the actions of humans

That 3.4% includes all the emissions of china, america, US military etc etc
So Ireland's emissions are a complete gnats fart in the scheme of things

Yet we are all expected to endure a carbon tax and buy electric cars and cut down on our
clean regulated agriculture.

Meanwhile the EU goes for a mercosur deal that will increase felling of the rainforests.
and result in cheap crappy hormone laced beef being transported 6000 food miles in diesel powered ships
to compete with our regulated high quality low food mileage product.

And the Irish now will be importing wood pellets from all the way around the planet in Australia
for our electricity generation to sidestep EU emissions fines. There is no sense to it. And as for being more green?
Well the only thing green about all this is US for accepting the anthropogenic explanation for climate change as fact, and accepting that these greenwash solutions and carbon tax nonsense will somehow stop or even reverse climate change one iota without questioning all this nonsense rigorously!

Nothing we do in this charade will make one iota of difference to climate change but the ordinary paddies somehow think it will. Such is the effect all this continuous climate change propaganda has had. Take a straw poll and ask them. A surprising number seem to actually believe this. All for want of some basic maths.

But meanwhile all those cynical carbon taxes will affect the poorest in society disproportionately
and they will be pushed off our roads as they will not be able to afford to buy expensive new electric cars!
All for what??


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