Budget 2018 falls embarrassingly short of tackling Air Pollution and Climate Change

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The Environmental Pillar has expressed extreme disappointment at the exclusion of any measures to equalise the cost of diesel and petrol in Ireland in Budget 2018. We expected to at least see some moves toward disincentivising diesel use, given the growing body of evidence on the damaging impact of its use on our climate and health. Diesel fuel exhaust is one of the leading …

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BUDGET 2018: Environmentalists support SocDems call for plastic tax

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Immediate Release Ireland’s leading environmental coalition welcomes the Social Democrats inclusion of a levy on single-use and non-recyclable plastics in the party’s pre-Budget submission. Launched this morning, the party’s submission states that the two environmental levies would bring in €2 million in revenue, while also helping reduce the use of plastics across society. [1] The Pillar – a coalition of …

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BUDGET 2018: Greens back call to equalize cost of diesel

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Immediate Release Ireland’s leading environmental coalition welcomes the Green Party’s support of its proposal to equalise the cost of diesel and petrol in Budget 2018. Launching its alternative budget this morning, the Greens also outlined their support for the Environmental Pillar’s proposal for the inclusion of an aggregates levy. [1][2] The Pillar – a coalition of 26 environmental organisations – welcomes this …

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Heritage Minister’s biodiversity plan lacks aspiration, focus and strategy

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The Government’s latest biodiversity action plan lacks aspiration, focus and strategy, Ireland’s leading environmental coalition has said on the verge of the plan’s launch this morning. The 2017-2021 National Biodiversity Action Plan is set to be launched by Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys this morning. The Environmental Pillar – a coalition of 26 national environmental organisations – finds, however, that the …

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Press Release: All-Ireland environmental coalition in Brussels to voice concern over Brexit

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An All-Ireland environmental NGO coalition is in Brussels today to voice their shared concerns over the serious impact Brexit may have on crucial cross-border cooperation to protect the environment. As the fourth round of Brexit negotiations gets underway, representatives from the Environmental Pillar and Northern Ireland Environmental Link will be meeting with high-level European representatives, including several MEPs from the …

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Budget 2018: Taking Steps to Green the Irish Economy

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The Environmental Pillar calls on the government to incorporate the Polluter Pays Principle, as appropriate, into all aspects of taxation and spending. This will have the effect of This will have the effect of broadening the tax base whilst enabling the moving of taxation from income to levies on consumption whilst at the same time removing subsidies from environmentally harmful activities. …

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PRESS RELEASE: 200,000 European Citizens sign landmark petition calling on the EU to protect soil

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Immediate Release The Irish branch of the European-wide People4Soil campaign has smashed its national quota for an official EU petition calling on the European Commission to protect soils across Europe. Soil is a vibrant living substance which is vital for life on Earth, with each and every one of us depending on the four or five inches of topsoil around the …

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PRESS RELEASE: Native Woodlands the solution to farm water pollution, says environmental coalition

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Immediate Release The use of existing forestry grants to allow farmers to plant native woodlands along rivers and streams would dramatically reduce farm water pollution, Ireland’s leading environment coalition has said. The Environmental Pillar – a coalition of 26 national environmental organisations – wants to see excess funds from under-spent non-native forestry funding diverted to a native woodland farm pollution …

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PRESS RELEASE: Pillar comment on State of the European Union address

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Sustainable development and environmental protection must be put at the heart and centre of the Future of Europe, says Ireland’s leading environmental coalition. Following today’s State of the European Union speech by European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker on his vision for the Future of Europe, the Environmental Pillar has called for a more democratic, just and sustainable EU. [1] …

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PRESS RELEASE: Happy Pear Twins fly the Foodie Flag for People4Soil Campaign

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Immediate Release With just four weeks left to reach Ireland’s target, The Happy Pear twins are calling on all food lovers to add their signature to the People4Soil petition to save our soil. Ireland needs 8,250 signatures before 12 September 2017 to pass the European Citizen’s Initiative petition which is pushing for the European Commission to pass a Directive to …

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