Environmental Pillar

Working for a Sustainable Future

Environmental Pillar welcomes the Climate Change Response Bill

Dublin – 16th December, 2010. The Environment Pillar of Social Partnership today welcomed the publication of the Climate Change Response Bill. However, it said the Bill’s ambition to transition Ireland to a smart low-carbon, high-value, high-employment economy needs to be sharpened, with a stronger stimulus created from more ambitious emission reduction targets. Pat Finnegan, Co-ordinator […]

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Tree Cover Policy

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Policy published in November 2010. Ireland’s western Atlantic seaboard location, with its mild winters and good rainfall combine to make Ireland an ideal location to have a thriving sustainable wood economy. In former times the abundant harvest from Ireland’s great forests was legendary. This forest resource ensured the basics of good quality food, shelter and […]

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Social partnership briefing document

Introduction The continuing success of human society and social systems depends fundamentally on the preservation of the overall productivity, health and long term sustainability of the ecosystems and environmental services that underpin and supply many of the most basic components of human welfare such as healthy soils, clean water and clean air. This brief summary […]

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Submission on Green Public Procurement

In order for the policy to be effective and transformative it needs to involve all the staff of the public authorities both in its development and enactment. Understanding and ownership of the principles of Sustainable Public Procurement by staff members will dramatically increase the likelihood that the desired outcomes will be achieved. Quick win standards are important to initiate […]

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Environmental Pillar nominates Siobhán Egan to European Economic and Social Committee

The Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership has elected Siobhán Egan from BirdWatch Ireland to be its representative on the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). She was elected by the 27 member organisations that constitute the Pillar, and will now be the only environmental sector representative out of the total of 9 Irish representatives. The […]

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Submission to the EPA Review Panel

Follow the link below for the Environmental Pillar’s submission to EPA Review Panel for “Review of the Environmental Protection Agency Consultation Document April 2010” Environmental Pillar Submission to the EPA Review Panel

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Response to the EU 2020 strategy

Follow the link below for the response from the Environmental Pillar to the EU 2020 Srategy. Environmental Pillar response to the EU 2020 strategy  

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Response to climate legislation

Follow the link below to download the Environmental Pillar’s response to climate change legislation. Environmental Pillar response to climate change legislation  

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Response to Climate Change Legislation

Climate change remains the defining challenge of our age. The Environmental Pillar shares the National Economic and Social Council’s analysis (NESC Report 117, page xvi.) that “addressing it will have far reaching economic and social effects”, that Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions target for 2020, yet to be finalised”, “will pose considerable challenges” and, most significantly, […]

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Submission to the EPA Review Panel

The following submission is made on behalf of The Environmental Pillar in response to the ‘Invitation to Comment’ advertised as part of the consultation activity for a review of Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency, EPA; as issued by the Department of The Environment, Heritage and Local Government, DOEHLG. It is the understanding of the Pillar that […]

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