July 31st was the last day for submissions to Ireland’s Green Paper on Energy consultation. It’s been a busy few months and we have a while before the draft white paper comes out.
Since 2007 I have been involved with communities considering their energy solutions in the face of climate change and peak oil. In all of the years I have worked with the belief that this must be a very united effort. Everyone must be on board, everyone must be welcome at the table and everyone’s idea must be considered. This is a community challenge that requires a community response.
It is great to see that over 1200 submissions were made to help government shape this policy.
I must also give mention to the role Friends of the Earth Ireland have played. Their input has been brilliant. They worked tirelessly to bring people together and compile a report which highlighted barriers to community energy. Then they set up an online tool to assist people to make a submission. 579 submissions were made via their website which is a great result – almost half the submissions made!
Here is what I’ve been working on – the TINI Transition Ireland and Northern Ireland submission
Theresa O’Donohoe August 2nd 2014