Press Release: New European Climate Change targets let Ireland off the hook but they will not keep global warming below 1.5C target

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More regular flooding, aggressive storms and drought will be outcome of watering down our climate targets.    New European Climate Change targets have been revealed today and they have made it easier for Ireland because of how emissions and carbon is accounted for. The Environmental Pillar, a coalition of 28 Irish national environmental NGOs, warns that the change to emission …

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Press Release: Taoiseach’s stance that climate change is ‘not a priority’ is foolhardy and economically short-sighted

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The Environmental Pillar are calling on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to retract his statement that ‘climate change is not a priority’ and start to build a country and economy fit for the 21st century. The Environmental Pillar, an advocacy coalition made up of 28 national environmental NGOs, want the Taoiseach to accept that failing to prepare the country for climate …

Ian CareyPress Release: Taoiseach’s stance that climate change is ‘not a priority’ is foolhardy and economically short-sighted

Press Release: Environmental groups call for native woodland scheme to be expanded to balance farm emissions

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The Environmental Pillar welcome calls for the use of forestry on farms to balance carbon emissions from agriculture, in an effort to increase sustainability and protect livelihoods.

Ian CareyPress Release: Environmental groups call for native woodland scheme to be expanded to balance farm emissions

Submission on the Draft Environmental Analysis Report of Food Wise 2025

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The Environmental Pillar welcomes the opportunity to input into this process. We were disappointed to see the FoodWise2025 strategy “launched” by such senior figures as Minister Coveney and the Taoiseach when the public consultation phase had yet to take place. We would note that FW2025 is an extension of the FoodHarvest2020 strategy. We welcome that the government and DAFM are …

Ian CareySubmission on the Draft Environmental Analysis Report of Food Wise 2025

Submission to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on GHG Mitigation

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Follow the link below to download the the submission from the Environmental Pillar, 23rd March 2015, to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s discussion document on the potential for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) mitigation within the Agriculture and Forestry Sector.

Ian CareySubmission to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on GHG Mitigation

New government Agri-Food plans welcomed by Environmental Pillar‏

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The Environmental Pillar welcomes the decision of the Minister Simon Coveney to make the new agri-food strategy a government initiative rather than an industry led plan. The Environmental Pillar, which represents 28 national environmental NGOs, welcomes the announcement of a committee to prepare the new strategy and the tendering of an environmental analysis of the plan. We also look forward …

Ian CareyNew government Agri-Food plans welcomed by Environmental Pillar‏

Budget 2015 response: Tax measures to support Agriculture

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The Environmental Pillar welcomes a number of tax measures that will benefit farmers and farming communities but warns that increases in productivity must not come at the cost of Ireland’s biodiversity. Minister for Finance Michael Noonan highlighted the importance of land availability for young farmers wishing to expand in the industry and will provide Irish farmers under the age of …

Ian CareyBudget 2015 response: Tax measures to support Agriculture

Minister Coveney urged to extend agri-environment scheme into 2014 to fill ‘gap’

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On Thursday 17 October 2013, the Environmental Pillar sent the following letter to Minister Coveney:   Dear Minister Coveney, Your intention, as we understand the reporting of it, is not to extend support for farmers coming out of REP4 or AEOS in to 2014. This is part of an attempt to save money and will impact on up to 13,000 …

Ian CareyMinister Coveney urged to extend agri-environment scheme into 2014 to fill ‘gap’

Environmental Pillar questions credibility of sustainability report on Food Harvest 2020

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16 September 2013: The Environmental Pillar, a coalition of 26 national environmental groups, is casting serious doubts on the findings of a report commissioned by the Minister for Agriculture on the environmental impacts of Food Harvest 2020. The Environmental Pillar is calling for a commitment from government to re-assess its Food Harvest 2020 policy which committed the country to massive …

Ian CareyEnvironmental Pillar questions credibility of sustainability report on Food Harvest 2020

Minister Coveney puts wildlife and agricultural sustainability at risk

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10 July 2013: The Environmental Pillar is strongly critical of Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney bringing forward the mowing date for the traditional hay meadow option within the Agri-Environment Options Scheme (AEOS). AEOS pays farmers to delay mowing of traditionally managed hay meadows until 15 July to allow the diversity of plant species to set seed, ensure ground- nesting birds can …

Ian CareyMinister Coveney puts wildlife and agricultural sustainability at risk