Action Renewables document highlights areas for improvement in north’s renewable landscape

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A leading company that provides renewable energy advice has released its latest policy document which outlines areas for improvement for the north’s renewable landscape. ‘Proposal for a renewable future’ produced by Action Renewables, focuses on issues such as energy efficiency, green gas, renewable transport, security of supply, renewable heat and job security. Each focus comes with recommendation’s which are aimed at encouraging debate within the sector and driving forward the development of new policies and goals.

The document emphasizes the growing threat to the renewables industry in the north highlighting the potential loss of more than 3,000 jobs in the sector due to a ‘lack of clear policy and withdrawal of incentives’. According to the report one-third of total energy consumption in the north occurs through the transport sector with 94 per cent of this associated with petrol and diesel in road vehicles. The document also draws upon the possibility of imported fossil fuel prices rising post-Brexit and suggests generating renewable energy from local sources.

Action Renewables announced the launch of its most recent policy document at the European Energy Policy Forum which had over 100 delegates in attendance. Topics covered at the event included renewable energy opportunities for SME’s, hydropower energy recovery technology, and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Michael Doran, managing director at Action Renewables said: “The large turnout for our first European Energy Policy Forum highlights the appetite in Northern Ireland to continue to develop and implement renewable energy technologies to help reach our renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction targets. Developed in 2010 with a ten-year implementation plan and 2020 targets for heat and electricity, the Strategic Energy Framework’s deadlines are looming, and with the current policy vacuum in place within our government, Action Renewables has produced our most recent policy document to encourage conversation and continued growth within the sector to meet these targets and improve the long-term forecast for renewable energy in Northern Ireland.

“We look forward to stimulating debate and ultimately driving our renewables sector forward locally following distribution of this document and with the on-going work of our collaborative networking organisation, AREA, which provides expert renewable energy advice to members.”

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Ireland’s first Climate Ambassador Programme to tackle the effects of climate change

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The Climate Ambassador programme is a new initiative to train and support individuals taking action on climate issues and is jointly supported by the Educational Unit in An Taisce (An Taisce is a charity that works to preserve and protect Ireland’s natural and built heritage) and also the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment (DCCAE).

Dr. Orla Nic Suibhne recently commenced work with the WDC as a project administrator on the NPA funded LECo project.  Over the past two years, Dr. Nic Suibhne completed a Postdoc with University College Dublin and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland entitled “The energy transition process in a rural community; becoming a Sustainable Energy Community”.

In November 2017, Dr. Nic Suibhne was contacted by Gary Tyrrell, the Climate Action Officer with An Taisce informing her that she had been chosen as one of Irelands first Climate Ambassadors!

There are 100 Climate Ambassadors located throughout Ireland, and the first training day took place in Galway on Saturday 27th January where lots of passionate, experienced climate ambassadors met. Various climate events will take place in Ireland over the next 12 months so please continue to follow us for details.

Further information can be found at http://www.climateambassador.ie/

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Finlands Energy and Climate Strategy 2016

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Finland’s long-term objective is to be a carbon-neutral society. This challenge is particularly great in the energy sector. Approximately 80% of all greenhouse gas emissions in Finland come from energy production and consumption, when energy used for transport is included.

The Finnish government has set ambitious national targets on renewable energy in its program. Finland is committed to EU’s 2030 energy and climate targets and will continue increasing use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency even though no national binding targets are set after 2020.

According to the government program, Finland will ambitiously increase use of renewable energy and energy self sufficiency in 2020s. The main focus is on the promotion of bioenergy and advanced biofuels for transport.

Preparations of a new national energy and climate strategy has been started. This work will be finished by the end of 2016. In this work, all the relevant ministries are involved. The main industry sectors, stakeholders and citizens are involved in investigating and preparing future policy options.

The energy and climate strategy determines ways to reach the ambitious energy targets set in the government program. The energy and climate strategy is also a part of the work that is done for preparing Energy Union’s National Energy and Climate plan and it will indicate how Finland is going to reach the EU’s 2030 targets for renewable energy, energy efficiency and also EU effort sharing.

The following targets in the government program will be thoroughly considered when developing the national energy and climate strategy. In addition, uncertainty caused by future EU decisions on biomass sustainability and state aid rules for energy and environmental aid will be assessed.

  • The use of emission-free, renewable energy will be increased in a sustainable way so that its share will rise to more than 50 % by the end of 2020s and the self-sufficiency to more than 55 %, also including peat.
  • Coal will no longer be used in energy production and the use of imported oil for the domestic needs will be cut by half by the end of 2020s.
  • The share of renewable transport fuels will be raised to 40 % by 2030.
  • Finland will create new support programmes for renewable energy. Aid will be based on technology neutrality and ranking of economic priorities

More information: petteri.kuuva@tem.fi and strategia2016@tem.fi