Submission on Proposed Environmental Levies

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In November 2019, the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment open public consultation for views in relation to the proposed introduction of a range of environmental levies. Proposals include a coffee cup levy, a waste recovery levy and increases to the existing plastic bag and landfill levies, aimed at encouraging positive environmental behavioural change and climate action. Please find …

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Environmentalists raise alarm over access to justice killing legislation

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Government is trying to push through a draconian Bill before next year’s impending election that would kill access to justice rights on environmental issues, warns the Environmental Pillar. The comments from Ireland’s leading environmental coalition come in the wake of the hushed launch on Monday of a very short public consultation over the holiday period on the …

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Budget 2020: Four steps to fund a Green New Deal for Ireland

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Immediate Release: 4 October 2019 The Government can tackle out of control emissions and fund the just transition to a carbon-free future for Ireland through common-sense environmental taxation, a coalition of environmental groups has said. The Environmental Pillar is calling on the State to adopt four taxes in Budget 2020 that will protect our environment and health, tackle escalating emissions …

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New plan won’t bring about promised climate policy revolution

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The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition and the Environmental Pillar have carried out a detailed assessment of the Government’s Climate Action Plan and have launched a 20-page “end-of-term” Report on the Government: Will the new Climate Action Plan deliver the revolution the Minister promised? Link to Report: https://tinyurl.com/y58a9jzk Media Release New Climate Action Plan will not bring about promised climate revolution, says …

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Environmental Pillar Statement to Good Friday Agreement Committee

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4 July, 2019 Links to full statements below Unleashing the full potential of the Good Friday Agreement and avoiding a No-Deal scenario are key to protecting the environment on the island of Ireland from the threat posed by Brexit, an Oireachtas Committee heard today. Speaking before the GFA Committee in her peronal capacity, barrister and Athlone IT law lecturer Alison …

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Climate Plan: Environmental coalition welcomes plans to boost ailing funding

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Immediate Release, 18 June 2019 Environmental coalition welcomes plans to boost ailing funding but still major concerns over biodiversity policy in the new climate plan    The Environmental Pillar has welcomed plans in the new all of government climate plan to examine the bolstering of the ailing Environment Fund, as well as changing consumer and business behaviour. In equal measure, …

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Environmental coalition welcomes Green Wave washing over Ireland

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Immediate Release, 25 May 2019 The Green wave across European and local elections is a clear signal that Irish people want urgent action to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises, Ireland’s largest environmental coalition has said. The Environmental Pillar said today that it was a heartening experience for its member organisations to see the Irish people vote en masse for …

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No deal Brexit poses major risk for Irish environment, GFA Committee hears

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July 4th, 2019 Unleashing the full potential of the Good Friday Agreement and avoiding a No-Deal scenario are key to protecting the environment on the island of Ireland from the threat posed by Brexit, an Oireachtas Committee heard today. Speaking before the GFA Committee, barrister and Athlone IT law lecturer Alison Hough said that Brexit poses a major threat to …

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NED: Sustainable revamp of policy to protect nature vital to State’s future stability

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Immediate ReleaseA sustainable revamp of State policy to protect nature is vital to tackling the climate and biodiversity crisis, Ireland’s largest environmental coalition told the Government at the National Economic Dialogue this week. The Environmental Pillar – a coalition of over 30 national environmental groups – was represented by several expert members at NED that was attended by the Taoiseach …

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All-of-Gov Climate Plan falls far short on biodiversity measures

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Immediate Release Plan fails to join dots and see biodiversity protection as a solution to the climate crisis  The new All-of-Government climate plan falls flat on nature protection, insufficiently joining the dots between the biodiversity and climate emergencies facing us, Ireland’s largest environmental coalition said this morning. The Environmental Pillar – a coalition of over 30 national environment groups – laments …

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